What is it like?

Used Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 2006 - 2012 review

(2006 - 2012)
Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon (06 - 12)
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What's the used Alfa Romeo 159 estate like?

Despite being reasonably accomplished in most areas, the Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon is outclassed by its main rivals, the BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate. All are better to drive, quieter and more reliable. However, the Alfa's suave styling does set it apart from the crowd.

Interior space is good, and certainly better than the 156 it replaced. Two adults can fit in the back, while front passengers aren't left wanting, either. The boot is a good size and shape, although there's a high load lip and the opening is quite tight.

The 159 Sportwagon drives like the saloon model, with good grip through bends and a decent ride. However, body roll isn't well contained, and it can feel unwieldy on twisty roads. The worst bumps also produce unwanted cabin noise. The steering is accurate, but not the most responsive.