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

    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!

  • 2.2 JTS Lusso 4dr

    carl hudson Date: 10/02/2007
    • 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 the very first Alfa that I've ever owned, and if this car is anything to go by it certainly won't be my last.

    I was initially looking to buy a diesel car to replace my thirsty Saab Aero convertible, however my first Italian car just had to be a petrol, and I am definitely not disappointed with the economy. Even with a bit of hard driving across country lanes, it still averages 29-32mpg.

    The only problems I've had are a sticking brake light due to a sensor failure on the pedal and a piece of the plastic trim around the windscreen coming loose - all minor things and easily forgiveable in this car.

    Forget the tales you will inevitably hear about Alfa Romeo's reliability - this and the Brera are the cars that will turn Alfa Romeo around. If people could only get over the old reliability problems and the past history of heavy depreciation.

    The car drives as well as a BMW or an Audi, and has a much higher standard specification, not to mention the fact that the Alfa is much, much cheaper. I have owned both of these other marques, so I can say so with experience, and the build quality is right up there too. The big diference is that you will probably only see 25 of these cars on the road a year, and not 25 an hour like BMW and Audi!

    If you want to stand out from the norm but still drive a fantastic all-round car, this is it. I can recommend it without hesitation.

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Karmeno Gauci , South glamorgan . Date: 20/11/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    An update on my earlier entry dated 20/11/06

    The car has just had its 18,000 mile service. I have not been required to top up the engine oil during this time,the only top up required was the windscreen washer fluid!

    The ten months of ownership have been 100% trouble free and the car continues to impress. The 159 is a high quality product that drives well, looks fantastic and maintains individuality.

    Well done Alfa.

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Lusso 4dr

    PETER BAILEY Date: 15/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    This car is beautifully styled, and different to the usual BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 - the 159 is very comfortable and does not have the bone-shaking ride of certain Alfas I have previously driven. It is also very easy to drive.

    The 2.4-litre diesel engine is very quiet and smooth, and has the typical growling warble at high revs. Mid-range and high-range performance is phenomenal, but lower speed perfomance is surprisingly sluggish. According to the trip computer, I got 32mpg on my mixed town and country test drive.

    The 159 is very well screwed together - like a late 1990s VW. The switchgear even looks similiar to that found in a VW MkIV Golf derivative. I really hope that Alfa Romeo has got the build quality and reliability issues right with this car - if so, they are really onto a winner...

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