Model for model, a 159 will cost you a lot less to buy than an equivalent BMW or Mercedes. Sounds good. Be careful, though, because the Alfa’s resale values can’t get close to those of the Germans. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption aren’t anywhere near as low as the cleanest BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 models, either.
Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon quality & reliability
The interior looks smart and is sturdily built, so it’s a pity that the materials can’t match those in the 159’s German rivals for appeal. Alfa Romeo hasn’t performed well for reliability in recent JD Power customer satisfaction surveys. Owners also reckon that repairs are pricey and dealer service is poor.
Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon safety & security
Safety kit is comprehensive. Stability control and front, side and curtain airbags are standard, along with a driver’s knee ’bag. There are also front-seat head restraints that move to minimise whiplash injuries. The 159 has been crash tested by Euro NCAP and awarded a maximum five-star score. Its security showing is impressive, too.