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

    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.

  • 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 Lusso 4dr

    sal pizzata , australia . Date: 08/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my first Alfa and, my god, what a masterpiece of auto engineering she is.

    If you have not driven an Alfa then you're not a driver, you're just down outright boring and really have no idea when it comes to driving a vehicle with soul.

    Believe you me, I made that mistake for 20 years of my driving life!

    The 159 is, without doubt, the best saloon on the market that money can buy, no matter what the critics say.

    I have wasted the last 20 years of my driving life with BMWs and Audis, but never again.

    Thank you Alfa Romeo for restoring passion into driving.

  • 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 Lusso 4dr

    Dave Scooner , London . Date: 31/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The good things

    Its great to drive. Its quick. It corners like an Impreza (I've test driven a STi and this is a direct comparison), it is the best looking saloon on the market under £45,000. You'll feel like an Italian Duke when you take delivery. You could go anywhere it in and look great.

    The bad things

    There's a big list here:

    1. I've owned it 2 months. Its been back at the dealer for 6 weeks. 2. The body computer was faulty, needed replacement and had to be ordered from Italy. 3. The dealer delivered the car back to me with a big chip out of the bonnet's paintwork. 4. The iPod system crashed my iPod repeatedly. 5. The cruise control was faulty. 6.. The windscreen washers didn't activate the windscreen wipers - you had to do this manually (this is a fault) 7. It was delivered to me with a crack in the rear light cluster which caused condensation 8. The dealer did not pro-actively communicate. I had to call to find out what was going on - despite the delays. 9. Alfa UK have not been of much help during this time

    I could not recommend one to a friend.

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Lusso 4dr

    stephen coy Date: 15/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned an excellent 147 M-Jet, I expected great things from the 159. The 2.4 JTDm I bought proved to be an under-developed mistake of a motorcar. After a couple of months I took the loss and swapped it for a Civic 2.2-litre diesel.Yes, they are two very different cars, but in some ways they are actually quite similar in spec. The significant differences are that the Honda has a superb smooth and responsive engine, fantastic economy(55mpg easily), and all with a slick gearbox and smooth ride.

    I suggest if test driving the 2.4 to look out for the notchy gearbox, turbo lag and poor pickup from low engine revs. Also, the cabin and chassis creaks and rattles over poor surburban roads. Bare in mind, too, that the car will struggle to better 29-33mpg in real world driving.

    Incidentally, the 1.9-litre petrol car I had as a courtesy car for a day seemed a very pleasant, smooth and easy to drive car. Yes, it wasn't a sports car in the traditional Alfa way, but it did seem a very honest car, which I felt the diesel never was.

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