What's the used Alfa Romeo 156 like?
Engines by Alfa Romeo, prices by Fiat, design by God – that's the 156. Whichever engine you get, it will be eager to rev, have a suitably sporting exhaust note and perform crisply. It should be fairly economical, too. In other words, the engine won't disappoint.
Neither will the steering, which is as sharp as an Italian designer suit. Talking of which, you'll never tire of the 156's classy, head-turning looks.
If you're worried about saddling yourself with a traditional Italian driving position (long arms, short legs) don't be. The 156's is one of the best, and the car topped its class in the 2000 and 2001 What Car? Comfort Tests.
Unfortunately, it can't match the grip or composure of a BMW 3 Series in corners, and its ride is too knobbly.
Rear space isn't great, either, and the suspension intrudes into the small boot. The rear seats on some cars don't fold.