Used Alfa Romeo 166 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2005 review
Alfa Romeo 166 (99 - 05)
  • Alfa Romeo 166 (99 - 05)
  • Alfa Romeo 166 (99 - 05)
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What's the used Alfa Romeo 166 saloon like?

In an area of the market packed with sober German rivals, the Alfa Romeo 166 always stood out, thanks to its handsome styling and sporty-sounding engines – this Italian is no shrinking violet.

Refinement is impressive, too; all the engines are quiet and sweet-natured until you push them hard, when you'll hear a glorious rasping note. The ride is smooth yet supple, but the 166 doesn't handle as well as a BMW 5 Series.

Up front, there's plenty of space and adjustment of the driving position. In the back, there's sufficient leg and shoulder space, even for three adults, but headroom is tight. Luggage space is decent but no more than that.

The main concern for anyone buying a new 166 was always the shocking residual values. The big Alfa didn't hold on to its value as well as its 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class rivals. However, that means bargain prices for second-hand buyers.