For Italian design flair, decent cabin space and smooth engines make the Alfa 159 a competent compact executive.
Against The Alfa 159 is not as good to drive as it should be, considering Alfa’s sporty reputation, and there’s the spectre of unreliability.
Verdict Great to look at, and distinctive, but ultimately bettered by German rivals in almost every area.
Go for… 1.9 JTD Turismo
Avoid… 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 Lusso
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