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3 out of 5 stars

For The 147 has Alfa's best cabin yet. It's also cheap to buy, handles well and the engines are great

Against The ride is too firm, which spoils that car's comfort, and cramped in the back

Verdict It looks the business and it's fun to drive, but the running costs are high for this type of car

Go for… 2.0 TS 5dr

Avoid… 3.2 V6 GTA

Alfa Romeo 147 Hatchback
  • 1. Cambelt often snaps before recommended 72,000 mile change - have it checked
  • 2. Classy cabin is a real high point for the 147
  • 3. 147 only scored three stars for occupant protection in Euro NCAP crash tests
  • 4. The 147 is one of the most distinctive small family cars around
  • 5. There's not much room in the back or in the boot, so it's no family car
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