Stylish new Alfas for Geneva
31 January 2006

These are the first official images of Alfa Romeo’s 159 Sportwagon and Spider, which will both be launched at next month’s Geneva motor show.

The Sportwagon is the same length as the regular 159 saloon (4660mm) and Alfa is claiming that its styling gives a ‘coupé feel’ to the estate market. It will be available in two or three versions, depending on country, and features three new JTS engines with variable valve timing (a 260bhp 3.2-litre V6, a 185bhp 2.2-litre and 160bhp 1.9-litre), as well as three turbodiesels – a 200bhp 2.4-litre and two 1.9-litre units producing 150bhp and 120bhp

The Spider is based on the stunning Brera coupe and features two engine options – the same 185bhp 2.2-litre and 260bhp 3.2-litre V6 units used in the Sportwagon. Both models will also be available with four-wheel drive in their 260bhp 3.2-litre guises. No details on UK specifications or pricing yet, though.

Our Verdict

Alfa Romeo 159

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

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