Used Alfa Romeo 145 1994 - 2001 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

1994 - 2001 review
Alfa Romeo 145 (94 - 01)
  • Alfa Romeo 145 (94 - 01)
  • Alfa Romeo 145 (94 - 01)
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What's the used Alfa Romeo 145 hatchback like?

This is a classic 'Marmite' car – you either love it or loathe it. However, the Alfa Romeo 145 is certainly a more appealing design than its 146 sister, which has ungainly, mini-saloon styling.

Inside, the 145 is not terribly pleasant. The cutaway dashboard is blunt, the stalk controls fiddly, the rear seat cramped and the driving position set quite high.

The 145 has a small boot, too, so if the looks aren't a deal breaker for you, the more spacioius 146 could be a better bet.

As for the driving experience, all 145s have a poor turning circle and a lumpy ride. But, on the plus side, they have energetic and raspy Twin Spark 16-valve engines, and a positive gearchange.