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What Car? says

1 out of 5 stars

For The Sportwagon has striking looks, a great range of engines, and sharp handling

Against Its loadbay isn't very big for an estate, and reliability is a concern

Verdict It's a sleek-looking estate with great engines that really puts a smile on your face

Go for… 2.4 JTD Turismo

Avoid… 1.6 TS Veloce

Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon
  • 1. Suspension turrets intrude into the load area and there's a narrow boot opening
  • 2. Axles and suspension can be a problem, so listen out for strange noises
  • 3. Engines sound great, the handling's sharp, with plenty of grip
  • 4. Engine and electrical problems are the second most common cause of complaint
  • 5. Semi-automatic Selespeed gearboxes can be very expensive to fix
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