Alfa Romeo 147 JTD Review | Autocar

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Alfa Romeo 147


As concepts go, few sound more incorrect a diesel-powered Alfa Romeo. Yet it was Romeo which ushered in the behind most modern when it launched the 156 JTD seven ago.

Today almost all cars use common-rail systems, fuel is delivered from a fuel rail and injected the cylinders at massive pressure. But now Romeo, together with company Fiat, is pushing the next generation of common-rail diesel engines. The 147 JTD 16v employs technology: unlike normal engines, the Multijet squirts small shots of fuel the cylinders to promote better

The original 1.9-litre block is but undergoes some serious gaining four valves per an extra camshaft and new intake and manifolds, while injector rises from 1300 to bar. The resulting figures – at 4000rpm and 225lb ft at 2000rpm – a useful improvement over the JTD’s 113bhp and 203lb ft. more twist than the 147 GTA produces; although it’s relevant to point out that it out-torques the 184lb ft of the cheaper Focus TDCi and similarly Audi A3 1.9TDi.

That’s an advantage that on the road and the JTD 16v feels far faster its 9.1sec 0-60mph time And unlike VW’s quick but PD150 Golf, the Alfa saddled with a powerband the of a gnat’s G-string. There’s power at 1500rpm but the revelation is the real action, which at two grand, is sustained until the red 2000rpm later.

It stays smooth and refined

Alfa Romeo 147

Modern diesels can be fun but they need to make sense, Compared to a petrol 147 the JTD succeeds, 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, the more basic single-cam JTD is frugal by 1mpg. And while the of CO2 it produces looks impressive, it comply with Euro4 regulations so company car tax payers suffer a three per cent

At ordinary speeds it’s the slightly fidgety ride and but not overly communicative steering gripe. But step up the pace, as want to in an Alfa, particularly one such a sporting engine, and rewarded with deteriorating control and a mushy-feeling middle Torquesteer is mostly kept in though – at least in the dry – which is no feat considering the torque

We’d keep the 147’s too, as it’s one of the finest cabins anywhere; bursting Latin character and full of to great Italian cars of the but a lot more solid. Casting an eye those wonderful hooded will ease the pain as a TDCi disappears down a B-road.

What the Ford hope to do is replicate the Italian’s – the want-one factor that Alfas possess and which the 147 so desirable in spite of its flaws. why we love the 147 GTA so much when we that there are better hot available for less cash. The JTD tugs the same strings as the GTA but over £6000 less to buy and a fraction of what the GTA will to

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