The Alfa has a key-slot and push-button ignition system, but the rest of the dashboard is refreshingly fuss-free. The instruments are of the big and bold variety, while the controls for the stereo and heating functions are clearly labelled and easy to use. The two-way steering wheel adjustment could do with a little more movement for reach, but most drivers will be able to get comfortable.
Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon space & practicality
You’re unlikely to go short of space in the 159. There’s plenty of leg- and headroom up front and decent – if not class-leading – provision in the rear. Four tall adults will be comfortable. At 405 litres, the 159’s boot is an acceptable size, but it’s not as large or well shaped as an Audi A4’s or Mercedes C-Class’s.
Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon equipment
Even the entry-level car has alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and four electric windows, while Turismo models add Bluetooth, larger alloys, cruise control and folding wing mirrors. On top of that, Lusso brings a unique interior trim, a Visibility Pack and sports dials. At the top of the range, TI models have loads of toys, plus sports suspension and 19-inch alloys.