Used Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 2006 - 2012 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

2006 - 2012 review
Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon (06 - 12)
  • Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon (06 - 12)
  • Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon (06 - 12)
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Which used Alfa Romeo 159 estate should I buy?

Finding a 159 Sportwagon with a petrol engine isn't that easy, but that's not such a bad thing. The diesels are a better bet, with superior economy, and healthier resale values. However, if you don't do many miles and the car is at the right price, a petrol model may prove the cheaper option.

The 160bhp 1.9-litre petrol engine is the most sensible buy, followed by the 185bhp 2.2-litre, and lastly the 256bhp 3.2 V6. However, in late '07, the 1.9-litre unit was replaced with a 138bhp 1.8 with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

Moving on to the diesels, the 1.9-litre 148bhp is the most common, and the best, while there's also a 200bhp 2.4.

Four-wheel-drive is an option on the V6 petrol and larger diesel, but it doesn't substantially enhance the car's dynamics. Automatic gearboxes are available on all models other than the 1.9 and 2.2-litre petrol engines.

Every model is well equipped, with the base Turismo fitted with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, electronic stability control and four electric windows. Lusso spec gets leather trim and parking sensors.

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