Alfa Romeo 147 1.6-liter Twin Spark Review | The Truth About Cars

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Alfa Romeo 147

1.6-liter Spark Review

I’m in an Alfa 147, about to her up. I cast my mind back to the a beautiful, mellifluous, affordable that introduced a generation of to the joys of performance motoring. I summer evenings in an open a peerless pre-Miata combination of and Lotus-like lane pilot; a car zingy note merged with the sound of estival

I also conjure-up a trip to in a sonorous, serious, quick-steering where I felt like a in a Truffaut movie. So, will the 147 be driver’s Alfa that bites and feels alive?

The 147 is one of those cars that much better in person in pictures. It has the heritage Milan grill, squinty eyes, curves and some clever (e.g. concealed rear handles). The car appears sturdy and in detail. Yet seen next to a Astra, the Alfa is ferociously and feline.

Only the Italian’s rear-end fails to impress. is there a car in the small-hatchback class looks better? The Euro-Civic is space-age. The Citroen C4 rocks Bauhaus.

But the Alfa’s svelte has the edge in both aesthetics and

The 147’s interior is also sculpted and shapely than its As in Bimmers of yore, the Italian’s are oriented toward the driver. The design is more playful a 3-Series, without the MINI’s silliness.

The 147 also offer some tactile delights: the grab are pleasantly rubbery (in a Teutonically kinda way), the doors in Alcantara and the steering wheel friggin’ fantastic.

The 147’s is not without its demerits. The A-beams are sad-looking and overly thick Cd is in, visibility is out). The silver on the middle console is cheap, a too-prominent cupholder for a car with pretensions.

Still, with that grip and support in measure, plenty of headroom in the and more than merely legroom for two in the rear, the 147 provides a Italianate place in which to la dolce vita.

At idle, the Alfa’s quiet. At low 1.6-liter Twin Spark nice growly bass and a pleasant singing high The 120-horse engine’s not as charismatic or as boxers of olde, yet it’s a musical bit of mechanical artistry.

4000 rpm, it all goes a bit the engine note becomes and slightly intrusive. That

Open road. Open Not to coin a phrase, WOHOO! thousand, six thousand, seven this engine can#39;t get revs. It’s gone singing to screaming and I#39;ve from smiling to grinning.

Though the hungry 147 is slow in turns#8211; zero to sixty a shade over ten seconds#8211; and you the rev the … out of it to get there, it’s divertimento. Dammit.

Alfa Romeo 147

The 147’s ain#39;t no killjoy either. The not only corners neutrally but great throttle-steer fun. off in a curve and your radius Or step on the gas to correct beginning oversteer. The suspension set-up is and absorbs bumps pretty even potholes in town feel particularly crashy.

The is communicative and exact, albeit direct. Overall, you get that of fluency through the twisties the mark of a sophisticated driver’s

So, it#39;s a good looking, drive; a highly interesting car vapidity. In fact, the Alfa 147 could be a strong competitor to the A3, at Ford Focus prices. The word being “could.”

Like many machines, the 147 the keen observer a story. it#39;s about a company ran out of money and decided to focus on its values, rather than on its rivals’ well-rounded maturity. In words, this Alfa of underdevelopment. The gearshift action is and the middle arm rest is in the way.

The key fob are illegible and the climate controls The turning circle is gigantic. noise is ever-present and the basic jiggly.

Worse, the Alfa has mediocre ratings, which it probably met through last-minute structural which feel as if they’ve weight. Underway, the 147 is a lively and beast, but it achieves that through short gear The engine screams at high and parties (i.e. swallows like it’s 1999.

I 24 MPG, but 14 MPG is do-able.

Don’t get me I’m in love with car. But I hate it too. hope its successor (the which will arrive this year and might it stateside), retains the 147#39;s personality and banishes its bugbears.

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