Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 TI - ALFA ROMEO 159 Car Review

Review

Added: 05 Oct 2008
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TWO things are guaranteed if you buy an Alfa Romeo 159.

Firstly, the throaty engine roar will drive your neighbours crazy, and secondly, you will learn to keep an eager watch on the speedometer or your licence will be history.

For the 159 is a real performance vehicle and from the moment you settle into the surprisingly comfortable sport seats you simply know you are in for quite a treat.

With its neat key-slot, on/off push-button ignition system and smart instrument panel incorporating hooded speedo and rev counter dials, the 159 is packed with chic Italian design features and boasts the stunning good looks to turn even the most passive onlooker green with envy.

But for me, it really is about the drive. Once you get used to feeling almost every little bump, the 159 offers an incredible ride.

In and around town, it is very responsive although the all-round visibility is a little limited at times. But out on the open road, the 159 really comes into its own.

Dynamic performance, superb road-holding thanks to its Q4 permanent four-wheel-drive and an engine that delivers incredible power all add to the exhilaration of the drive. But be warned, the acceleration is deceptively fast and always wants to offer a little bit more.

Safety features on the 159 are top notch with anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle dynamic control and an advanced multi-link suspension system that makes the vehicle extremely stable when manoeuvring at high speeds.

Inside, there is ample room for four adults and the boot and various storage areas are plentiful too.

All in all, the 159 is quite a car - it has looks, dynamism, and plenty of Italian chic. In fairness, it may not be great as a family car and definitely should be kept away from boy racers, but those classes aside, it has buckets of appeal.

Until now, I could never really comprehend the fanatical following that Alfa Romeo has around the world, but I have to confess if I was an owner I might sign up to a fan club myself.

FAST FACTS

Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 TI

Price: £29,890

Mechanical: 260bhp, 3,195cc, V6 engine driving front wheels via 6-spd manual gearbox

Max speed: 152mph

0-62mph: 7secs

Combined mpg: 24.8

Insurance group: 16

CO2 emissions: 270g/km

BiK rating: 35%

Warranty: 3 years/60,000 miles, 3yrs paint, 8yrs anti-rust

Words: Maxine Ashford

Keywords: Alfa Romeo, 159