Used Alfa Romeo 147 2001 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2001 - 2009 review
Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 09)
  • Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 09)
  • Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 09)
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Our recommendations

Which used Alfa Romeo 147 hatchback should I buy?

The 1.6-litre petrol is the smallest engine in the range, but it still does a good job of pulling the car along, while the 2.0 packs real fizz. The larger engine also comes with the option of a semi-automatic gearbox, which works well, but isn't that reliable.

The 3.2 V6 in the top-of-the-range GTA has a whacking 250bhp, but can't be recommended because that is simply too much power for the car to handle.

There's also a pair of smooth 1.9-litre diesel engines, with 115bhp or 140bhp. But, given this is a sports hatch, we'd go for the model with the extra power.

Other than on the GTA, which has its own unique trim, the choice is between Turismo or Lusso across the range. On older cars, Turismo means no alloy wheels or CD player, so we'd go for Lusso, which includes both as standard.

Likewise, faced with a choice of three- or five-door models, we'd go for the extra doors for added practicality.

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