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3 out of 5 stars

For Italian style, good-sized boot, decent cabin space and smooth engines make this one stylish estate.

Against Not as good to drive as rivals, the boot is not the easiest to load, and there are some reliability problems.

Verdict Decent enough, and you'll stand out from the crowd, but rivals' models do the same job far better.

Go for… 1.9 JTD Turismo

Avoid… 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 Lusso

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
  • 1. The diesels are a better bet, with superior economy, and healthier resale
  • 2. Every model is well equipped, with the base Turismo fitted with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, electronic stability control and four electric windows
  • 3. The 1.9-litre diesel manages 47mpg, the 2.4-litre does 40.9mpg. The 1.9-litre petrol can eke out 32.1mpg, but the 1.8-litre beats that with 36.2mpg. The 2.2-litre does 30.4mpg and the 3.2 V6 24.6mpg.
  • 4. The engine's ECU can give up, particularly on the diesel cars, resulting in a total loss of power.
  • 5. Brake problems have also been noted, as have timing belt issues. Check the inside edges of front tyres for excessive wear
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