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Used Alfa Romeo 166 1999 - 2005 review

(1999 - 2005)
Alfa Romeo 166 (99 - 05)
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1 Jan 2006 00:00 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 16:39

Which used Alfa Romeo 166 saloon should I buy?

Best is the base 2.0-litre petrol. With just 150bhp, it doesn't have a great deal of pulling power at low revs, but this isn't noticeable once the car's up to cruising speed and this version is by far the most economical to run.

There are two V6s – a 188bhp 2.5 and a 220bhp 3.0 – but they are less impressive, especially when matched to the optional four-speed automatic gearbox, when they feel short of flexibility. And, using all that power can be too much for the front wheels to cope with.

Every model in the range has plenty of equipment, so we'd stick with entry-level Turismo trim. This gives you climate control, alloy wheels, twin front and side airbags, traction control, heated door mirrors and electric windows front and rear. Lusso models also have heated leather seats that are electrically adjustable, while V6 models get full dynamic stability control.

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Which used Alfa Romeo 166 saloon should I buy?

Best is the base 2.0-litre petrol. With just 150bhp, it doesn't have a great deal of pulling power at low revs, but this isn't noticeable once the car's up to cruising speed and this version is by far the most economical to run.

There are two V6s – a 188bhp 2.5 and a 220bhp 3.0 – but they are less impressive, especially when matched to the optional four-speed automatic gearbox, when they feel short of flexibility. And, using all that power can be too much for the front wheels to cope with.

Every model in the range has plenty of equipment, so we'd stick with entry-level Turismo trim. This gives you climate control, alloy wheels, twin front and side airbags, traction control, heated door mirrors and electric windows front and rear. Lusso models also have heated leather seats that are electrically adjustable, while V6 models get full dynamic stability control.

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