Used Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon 1997 - 2006 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Ownership cost

1997 - 2006 review
Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon
  • Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon
  • Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon
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Ownership cost

What used Alfa Romeo 156 estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Alfa Romeo 156 estate?

Pick one of the smaller petrol engines or the diesel and bills shouldn't be too big; the 1.6 and 1.8 petrols return a reasonable 43.5mpg, while the 2.4 diesel should average 51mpg.

The 2.0 petrol is not much thirstier than the 1.8, but its sportier nature attracts a higher insurance rating. Meanwhile, the 2.5 V6 and GTA model require deep pockets.

Repair costs will be higher than for many mainstream brands, too, while problems with the Selespeed semi-automatic gearbox can be particularly troublesome to fix.

Still, the 156 doesn't hold on to its value especially well, which is good news for used car buyers.