Which used Alfa Romeo 146 hatchback should I buy?
Go for post-1999 models: these more recent versions have improved engines and chassis which made the 146 a much better car. They also benefitted from a facelift that brought a body-coloured radiator grille and bumpers, and air-con as standard.
The smart choice is the 1.8 TS. It provides plenty of excitement, and you can be confident of a sale when you come to pass it on. This model also benefits from quicker steering than the basic models, and that makes for a more rewarding drive.
If outright performance is your thing, there's always the 2.0-litre Cloverleaf hot hatch, which was the flagship of the range, but there's no real point in spending the extra on it. Some used Alfa Romeo specialists have low-milers with healthy histories, but you will pay a premium for one, and there is no guarantee you'll get a trouble-free car.
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