Alfa Romeo sees itself as a premium brand, and there's little argument over the 147's desirability. However, it still loses value faster than its main German rivals, and servicing and insurance comparatively steep, too. The 147 isn't up with the class leaders on emissions, either, making it less attractive to company car buyers.
Alfa Romeo 147 Hatchback quality & reliability
The 147's cabin is stylish and uses some appealing materials on top of the dash, but it's dated and some of the switchgear feels rather flimsy. Our JD Power customer satisfaction surveys show that mechanical reliability doesn’t run deep enough; reliability and dealer service both need to improve significantly.
Alfa Romeo 147 Hatchback safety & security
The 147 performed poorly in Euro NCAP frontal crash tests. All models come with six airbags and traction control, but only the most powerful versions have the more sophisticated anti-skid system. It’s disappointing that deadlocks aren’t fitted to improve security.