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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For The 156 is a great-looking car with fantastic engines, cheap prices and lots of toys

Against Its drive doesn't match up to a BMW 3 Series', and there are reliability concerns

Verdict Looks and prices to please the soul, but it's not practical or very dependable

Go for… 1.9 JTD Lusso

Avoid… GTA

Alfa Romeo 156 Saloon
  • 1. Listen out for rattles in the cabin
  • 2. Suspension wear can afflict 156s, so check for unusual noises
  • 3. The 156 topped its class in the 2000 and 2001 What Car? Comfort Tests
  • 4. All engines are crisp, eager to rev and sound great
  • 5. Boot space is limited by the intrusion of the rear suspension struts
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