The Alfa 147 is a mixed bag. Two-way steering-wheel adjustment makes things easy and there’s a simple ratchet to raise your perch up and down. But the backrest is short of support and the control layout is not so clever. Items such as the climate control are fiddly to operate on the move.
Alfa Romeo 147 Hatchback space & practicality
Here’s where the Alfa really falls down next to the Audi A3 or VW Golf. Space in the back is fine for two adults but it’s not as accommodating as some hatches. You’ll be struggling to fit three abreast. Luggage space can’t match that of the class front-runners, either, although all models get a split-fold rear bench.
Alfa Romeo 147 Hatchback equipment
Alfas are cheap against prestige German rivals, and you get a lot for your money. All models come with air-con, electric windows and mirrors, and a CD player. Higher-spec models add alloy wheels, cruise control and wheel-mounted stereo controls to the list. Options include leather upholstery and sports seats, and an integrated multimedia, climate, stereo and sat-nav system.