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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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27 reader reviews for Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon.
  • 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 Lusso 4dr

    Andy Proudfoot , Surrey . Date: 06/11/2007
    • 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

    I really struggled to buy this car new last year - Alfa Romeo seemed to make it really difficult to obtain a test drive, then deliver it.

    So was it worth the wait? It's a great looking car - I share the experience of others here who have had complete strangers stop to admire and comment on the car.

    It's great fun to drive, very pokey and very comfortable, and the interior quality is high in terms of the materials used: the leather is luxurious, the plastics and aluminium trim high-quality. However, whether the build quality is as high as, say, an Audi is open to debate. The odd rattle is appearing and the bonnet release catch came away on mine.

    Downsides? The steering feels very light, and is thrown out by relatively minor bumps and holes. It is very sensitive to road camber and strong braking has it moving around a bit.

    I've asked my dealer to check this but anything they did(?) made no difference. I also found the car driving itself occasionally (not the cruise contol, which I never use!), continuing to accelerate when I took my foot off the gas from a starting position. The dealer looked at this also, though it's happened again once since then.

    Whether these are congenital problems or just experinced on mine I've no idea - I'm going to another dealer to find out!

    Overall, it's a good-looking car and great to drive fast. Take a test drive and make your own mind up.

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Lusso 4dr

    Howard Brown , Berkshire . Date: 28/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    If you can first of all get over the fact that this is not a German car (and therefore will not score highly with What Car journalists and all those sales reps in gray suits)the 159 is a wonderful piece of engineering and a superb car to own. Yes it isn't as powerful or as good to handle as the BMW 3 series equivalent, but then it is so much more individual and appealing to drive. Unlike other readers I have had my car for six months with absolutely no problems whatsoever. In the same time I have had so many people comment on what a nice car it is that I have lost count. People even gather round it in car parks just to look at the beauty of it. When has that ever happened to a BMW or Audi (R8 excepted of course)?

  • 1.9 JTS Turismo 4dr

    mathew jeffries Date: 04/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    its no good at all. i hate this machine it is going back to italy as fast as possible. dont ever buy one they are useless buy a perodua nipper instead. that jeremy ckarkson says its good it is rubbish

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Christopher McGrogan , Down . Date: 11/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    I was delighted when Alfa PR called and asked if I'd like a two-day extended test drive in the 159 1.9JTD.

    The first thing I noticed was the quality of fixtures and fittings and overall feeling that this new model is alot more solid than my current 156.

    The engine is gutsy and offers great economy and the Lusso version on loan was loaded with kit: parking sensors, electric folding mirrors, climate control and leather.

    Sadly for the 159 the interior storage in the 156 is far superior and my Veloce, even though you feel every imperfection in the road while driving it, is a better driving car and a lot more fun to push hard.

    When the people at Alfa told me the car cost £23k I thought it was April Fools day. It's a great car, they are exclusive, people admire them and other Alfa drivers will let you out at junctions, but to be honest the 159 just isn’t worth £23k.

    There are just too many flaws, the operation of the cruise control being one. Best wait a year or three and bag a bargain like I did.

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