Alfa Romeo 147 car review by Jason Dawe

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Alfa Romeo 147

Even prettier in the flesh on the page the Alfa Romeo 147 Audi’s look bland, sound dull and Golf’s portly. If you enjoy driving the Alfa Romeo 147 should be on your used car shopping

Voted European Car of the Year in the Alfa Romeo 147 beat the Mondeo in to second place, but promising start did not lead to sales success. Alfa’s reputation for dodgy electrics and build quality haunted it and most drivers will an Alfa Romeo from fewer are prepared to invest own money into one.

But sit inside the cabin of a 147 and on touch you would swear that you sat in a German built car, the of materials and ergonomics are both Only the wonderful three dash declares the cars origin, the recessed dials to inform the driver, not the passengers of speed the car is traveling at.

Another surprise is the driving position, is the straight arm, short leg required by many Italian With a range of adjustment to steering column and drivers’ you can sit in a 147 as you want, not as you’re told. accommodation is also on par with its and the boot is usefully large.

When launched in February the 147 was available only with a 1.6 litre petrol engine, the 2.0 150bhp being delayed June of the same year. units rev freely and return 30mpg, but pick of the pair is the 2.0 whose extra torque is welcome at lower revs. In Alfa Romeo added the 3.2 litre 250bhp GTV to the range, and the and refined 110bhp JTD diesel

The 147 comes in two trim levels, and Lusso, the names alone more passion than the GLS and SE of some of its competitors. The base Tourismo has air conditioning, alarm, computer and traction control but the standard alloy wheels so to complete the cars aesthetic The higher spec Lusso 15inch alloys to the equipment as well as dual zone control and cruise control.

But the Alfa Romeo 147’s greatest is how it drives, steering is accurate great feel and the car handles with excellent ride

The 150bhp, 2.0 litre feels as on the road as the more powerful Focus ST170 and comprehensively it in terms of ride comfort.

The 147 is available with a 5 speed gearbox, the Selespeed, on the 2.0 litre Despite a Ј1,600 premium new, second hand fetch similar money to cars as many drivers the standard gearbox.

So my advice is, buy a used VW Golf, Audi A3, Focus or BMW Compact until you driven an Alfa Romeo 147, or you may it. As one owner said to me recently ‘if you understand Alfa Romeo, you understand driving’.

Check the following

Alfa Romeo 147

Upholstery – seats a desirable option

system – updated Bose system on 2.0 cars

Tyres – to wear on inside edge if steering alignment

Door – solid aluminium door are a thing of beauty

Bonnet – to stone chips

Doors – 3 or 5 available but 3 door wins on the contest

Alfa Romeo 147
Alfa Romeo 147
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