New high-tech, down-sized petrol engine breathes life into the 159
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    Alfa Romeo 159 2.0 JTDm

    Fleet-friendly Alfa 159 leaves too much to be desired on quality and refinement to rival the best in class
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    Alfa 159 Sportwagon 1750

    If you’re after a slightly left-field choice, it has real appeal

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28 August 2009

So it's not as good as the 'front runners', apparently. Whilst I haven't been in a 159 yet I've been in many of it's competitors and the 159 kicks ass in the beauty department. The Germans are becoming a bit bland and with VW/Audi/Seat etc pretty much having identical engines (and am I the only one who thinks the latest Fiesta looks like a Citroen?), individual character is becoming somewhat of a rarity.

Moans of the 159's weight maybe justified against the likes of BMW but it's 0-62 time of 7.7 for the 1750 is the same as the 2.0T Passat, as is its mpg.

What I'm trying to say is Alfa get a rough ride in the British press. Most of the time it's deserved but I think the 159 is the exception to the rule. I want one!

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28 August 2009

I'm impressed; 147mph from a 1750tb engine in a hefty D-segment car? That's gotta be some kind of record..

28 August 2009

Should I buy one?

Yes if you need a pair of glasses and prefer your car in the repair shop than actually using it. :-)

28 August 2009

[quote Topkat]Yes if you need a pair of glasses[/quote] Think you are the one wearing glasses , may I suggest you get prescription ones next time .

28 August 2009

"It was behind the pace to start with"

Dynamically yes , but in style terms nothing comes close.

28 August 2009

[quote Topkat]Should I buy one?[/quote]

No, I don`t think you should, stick with your 1993 Corsa with the big alloys.

28 August 2009

[quote Topkat]if you need a pair of glasses and prefer your car in the repair shop than actually using it. :-)[/quote]

More reliable than VWs andf that's what the Germans say!

28 August 2009

Methinks our septic friend Topkat is trying to provoke a response...

I keep seeing a 159 estate with fat multi-spoke alloys on my way to work.. If there's a better-looking estate out there I've yet to see it.

28 August 2009

[quote michael knight]Methinks our septic friend Topkat is trying to provoke a response...[/quote] Then he needs to try harder. His provocations to date have been monumentally flaccid.

28 August 2009

[quote Richard H]

More reliable than VWs andf that's what the Germans say!

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So with the Passat CC Volkswagen has the temperamental good looker and Alfa is the sensible choice. Am I the only one who has taken to the Passat CC in a big way or is there anyone else out there who thinks it's even better looking than the 159?

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