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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

    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.

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Dave Thomas , West Midlands . Date: 21/04/2007
    • 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

    Truly the best car I have ever owned. Handling is outstanding and the performance of this 1.9 Diesel engine is phenomenal for the cost of the vehicle. The trim and equipment level are excellent.

    I have owned this car for three months and I always seem to want to "pop out of the office to see someone/drop something off/deal with a Client emergency"!

    It is clear to me that when I push this car, it just shrugs its' shoulders and keeps saying "come on then! Gimme some more."

    As far a exclusivity is concerned, I have only seen three more of these cars on the road. All of us giving each other a knowing nod to the other as we pass. I have never owned a car where people come up and want to talk to you about the styling or performance. It stands out a mile from the Passats, Golfs and A4's on the car park.

    So far, one small piece of trim came off when I pulled it and the cigar lighter could be in a better position. There is nowhere to put your can of pop while charging the phone. Also, there is hardly anywhere to mount the mobile phone bracket, everthing is covered in shiny steel. But who cares? you won't want to be answering the phone or drinking a can of pop while driving this beauty!

    Forget A4 or 3 series. Get some fun back in your life. Get a 159. You will not regret it!

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