Overall reader 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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28 reader reviews for Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon.
  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Paul Konig , Berkshire . Date: 31/12/2008
    • 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
      43

    My car

    I've always fancied an Alfa but never been in a position to buy a young enough one for it to make sense. This was compounded by the fact that my neighbour had a 156 which tended to have a few niggling faults.

    I've owned my 159 for 6months now and had very few issues with it. Obviously it is a beautiful car, inside and out. Sitting in traffic on the M4/M25 every morning it far outshines the BMW, Audi and Mercedes brigade.

    It is great to drive, although the engine is not as flexible as it might be, making the car feel 'heavy' if you try to accelerate hard in the wrong gear. Fuel economy is reasonable - 47mpg crusing at a steady 70mph on the motorway, 35 taking the country route.

    I'd buy another one, and recommend one to friends. I couldn't give a particular reason as to why, I just would. great to look at, great to drive, excellent talking point...and hopefulyl not as expensive to own in the long run as Alfas of old!

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v TI 4dr

    Simon Jones Date: 13/10/2008
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    After weeks of trying to decide between a 3 series and 159, I let my heart overtake my head and go for the 159. Stunning looks and nice ride soon loose there appeal when you get 26 miles from the garage, break down and spend 3 hours in the rain waiting to be towed back by the AA (faulty fitting between the fuel pipe and pump). I knew Alfa had reliability problems but think this may be a record!

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Lusso 4dr

    Mike Rogers , North Yorks . Date: 08/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      34

    My car

    I previously had a 156 2.4 JDM. This had great flexibility from as low as 1000rpm. The 159 engine is very different and needs a lot more use of gears to keep it going below 2500rpm. I am also disappointed with the harsh engine noise when accelerating; no comparison with the old T Spark petrol engines! This is my fifth Alfa so I am a devotee regardless of the comments. Syling is great, the interior is always a good place to be and, thank goodness, now that Alfa have sorted their dealerships, customer service is excellent. If Alfa could inject a bit more zip into the 159 and reduce its weight it would be a real winner.

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Sean Power Date: 05/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    This is my first Alfa and I am wondering why it has taken so long. Having been through the usual 3 and 5 series BMW's, C-class merc's, A4's etc. the Alfa beats the rest of them by a distance. The drive is superb, very solid and precise - exactly what is needed for a driving car. I have had it for about 6 weeks and done 5,000 miles and not a single moment of the fabled Alfa unreliability has surfaced.

    Fuel economy is a little lower than exected; I get around 34 in town and up to 41 for motorways. I have heard comments about the lack of storage space in the car and boot. This is true, but walking up to the car and looking at the front view makes up for such a lot (I deliberatly park it so I walk to the front, it is that good!). The boot holds a set of clubs, but not comfortably.

    Overall, everyone should buy an Alfa - the 159 is a superb drivers car. It is also interesting to see the amount of respect from other drivers when in the Alfa.

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