Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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9 reader reviews for Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon.
  • 2.0 JTS Veloce 1 5dr

    David Chapman , Bucks . Date: 17/03/2015
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      100

    My car

    I find What Car?'s own 1-star rating of this car unfathomable - it's not a class leader by any means, but to imply that it's the worst of its peers is ridiculous. In just over two years' ownership I've found it great to drive, economical and reliable (no break-downs, just one time when it didn't start and that was down to a faulty battery).

    The 2.0 JTS is a peachy petrol engine - good acceleration, a nice raspy noise yet easy on fuel. I manage 400-450 miles between fill-ups, averaging 33mpg in mixed driving conditions. Reliability has been OK overall - I've had one costly bill to foot, which was (unusually for an Alfa) the result of a main engine bearing seal needing replacing to fix what seemed like a minor oil leak. The garage had never seen one fail before. Parts generally are reasonably priced on this vehicle - certainly better than anything German or Swedish. Don't bother with franchised dealers (unless you know one that's really good), find a decent independent - ideally Italian specialist - and they should be fine with the 156's straightforward maintenance schedule.

    Inside the 156 is a nice place to be, as long as you're not excessively tall. The Recaro seats in the Veloce are a delight and while it's cosy it doesn't feel cramped. Rear space is adequate, the only let-down being the boot. This really is a lifestyle estate, so don't expect capacity any better than a hatchback, although the retractable load-cover is well-made and useful.

    A great value car overa

  • 2.4 JTD Multijet Veloce 5dr

    Neil Cadge , OXON . Date: 10/07/2007
    • 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

    This is my second Alfa Romeo 156. My first one (2.0 TS) was an absolute dog in terms of reliability. When it worked well though I loved it, enough to make me buy another! The 2.4 20v JTD so far is being an absolute joy. The performance blows me away everytime I drive it. In gear acceleration is fantastic and the economy (44mpg combined) is pretty impressive too. I've been called a fool for buying another Alfa but the competition left me cold. This car has soul and puts a smile on my face.

  • 2.0 TS Lusso 5dr

    Andy Sykes Date: 19/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My second 2.0TS 156 Alfa by choice. Family practicalities dictated an estate this time and Alfa and in particular the sportwagon delivered fantastic value for money and a superb drive. You can't get away from the fact that Alfa's are 'quirky' and need looking after and to do this you need a specialist and not a main dealer! Alfas do have a huge following and specialists are easy to find. WATCH OUT FOR CAMBELTS - those in the know reccomend changing at 36kmiles and at a specialist this should cost no more than £250. Overall a great enthusiasts car, comparable to a large hatch rather than an estate and huge VFM. Log on to the alfaowner website for tips once you have bought.

  • 2.4 JTD Multijet Veloce 5dr

    Jeffrey Ellison , Bucks . Date: 10/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Alfa looks beautiful from every angle, inside and out.

    Its 2.4 M Jet turbo engine produces massive torque, and enables superb accelletation acceleration on the road. The driving position is comfortable and natural so you can cover long distances comfortably and without fatigue.

    The sportwagon is not practical like more staid estate cars, but you do not buy it to lug loads. Similarly, build qualiy is not as good as german rivals, though not unacceptably bad. Depreciation is also heavy. But who buys a a car for its resiual value other than an accountant or a taxi driver? Buy one to drive. Drive it spiritedly, and the car will do the rest!

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