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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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63 reader reviews for Alfa Romeo 147 Hatchback.
  • 1.6 TS Turismo 5dr

    Kleopas Kleopas Date: 10/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned the car for 2 years and have done 22,000kms, mostly in city traffic. It averages aboute 25mpg in town and about 30mpg on long journeys, which is average for a 1.6 engine.

    However it is quite a powerful and responsive unit and pulls away smoothly from low revs while emitting a distinctive sound at high revs. Handling is enjoyable and predictable, and it grips the road safely with little body roll.

    The biggest criticism I have is about the ride, which is very firm at low speeds (on 16" alloys) but it improves considerably at higher speeds. External sounds are subdued efficiently, with the only irritation being some road noise on poorly surfaced roads. Running costs have been on the high side.

    It is certainly not a car for large families, since rear legroom is tight and the boot only suitable for small journeys, but in the front there is plenty of space. The quality of materials is excellent and the dashboard clearly laid out. Most of the controls are easy-to-use if a little unconventional.

    Overall it is a very enjoyable driver's car, while inheriting few of the old Alfa traits. If practicality and economy are not a priority, I would certainly recommend it.

  • 1.6 TS Lusso 5dr

    roy hooper , Hants . Date: 02/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the vehicle from new for two years, during which time I have covered 16,000 miles with absolutely no problems - apart from a recall check on the bonnet catch, which was found to be OK.

    The car has only been back to the garage for it's annual service.

    My only criticism is that the ride could be smoother. The road-holding is very good and the leather seats are extremely comfortable. I average 35.5mpg, and I do a fair number of short journeys.

    It's excellent on the motorway. I average 40mpg on a long run. I don't find the controls fiddly as has been suggested. The paint finish is far superior to other cars I have owned.

    It's my best car yet.

  • 3.2 V6 GTA 3dr

    steve clark , northants . Date: 22/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Another non GTA review I'm afraid, but I need to talk about my 1.6 lusso.

    I am a company car man on a four year contract, doing apporx. 130000 miles in that four years and so I need something that is going to be reilable.

    I was seduced by the sultry good looks of the 147 and the generous specification, saddened that i could not have the 2.0 litre (why no 1.8 Alfa?) because of my company insurance group limitations. I also had an eye on emissions and national insurance going up and so I leapt at the chance to 'own' an Alfa.

    Yes, it has been reilable! It has not let me down once in 84000 miles.....but the niggles? There are electrical problems everywhere, at the last count around 15, but not all at once, they come and go.

    Suspension is awful (whole lot relaced at 72000miles, all 2000 quid of it) and getting worse as the ride quality, which was once so good, degenerates into a constant jumping bouncinh headbanging pain in the neck.

    Interior is really showing its age (leather is wearing out, gear knob replaced, plastics are changing colour, steering wheel cotrols needed to be changed).

    Engine is using 3 litres of oil between services and that should be more because that's only to the bottom of the dipstick

    Thanks for reading this, I've got 18 months of this vehicle left, but I don't know if either it or me will get there.

    Sorry, but no more alfas for me, I'm going back to boring old toyota and another Celica ...but then theres the New Astra Sport Hatch..

  • 3.2 V6 GTA 3dr

    g keatley Date: 28/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned three Alfas over eight years and in that time the quality has greatly improved.

    The GTA is fantastic, quick and will always leave a smile on your face after a quick run.

    I've had no major problems - but five or six annoying small faults.

    The best feature after the second- and third-gear acceleration is the awesome stopping power now it has the uprated brakes. It's not a car for everyone but is a great car for a keen driver.

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