Test driven twice now and finally signed on the bottom line for a 1.9MJet diesel, with 17 inch wheels and winter pack, in Alfa Red with Black leather.
Cabin very 156 like which I already own, however the waist line is slightly higher giving a darker interior.
Handling is very similar to the 156 but fractionally sharper. Brakes are much better than my older 156 JTD and are now up to the performance of the car.
Rear Vision is not too brilliant but that is the price paid for the overall shape, however I do wish Alfa would use a slightly larger mirror size.
Performance was good with a huge amount of low-end punch and very quiet cruise with 36mph per 1,000. An influencing factor in buying the diesel was the six-speed box, which isn't available on the 2.0 petrol.
The engine and handling are first rate for a car this size with a V6 3.2 litre engine.
Fast road use and overtaking especially in 3rd gear are just sensational and even at tickover that V6 sounds magnificent. Had quite a few delivery and warranty issues alrady in the first month of ownership but dealer is supportive.
You get used to the lack of rear visibility and you have to watch the large doors - I've already dented the passenger door by opening it when on a downward slope and the door swung open on the hinges into a wall.
Fantastic looks and driver appeal - the shortcomings can be put down to the car's character- of which there is an abundance.
The car, although Italian, which is something that it seems you don't like, deserves at least a 'very good' rating.
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