Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon | CARkeys

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Alfa Romeo 156

Sportwagon

Three years after the 156 range . Alfa Romeo has it substantially by adding an estate – the Sportwagon – five engine options, it hopes will boost by something like a third.

stated aim with the Sportwagon is to the sporty image of the 156 with carrying capacity. This is not a case of tacking on a square end, and in fact a first on opening the tailgate, is mildly as there doesn’t seem to be a lot of luggage room.

The actual figure (converting the cubic decimetres in which rather oddly expresses it) is 360 which expands to 1180 when the rear seats are down. Not a huge amount, but where the Sportwagon scores is in extra oddment space and there. And there are a couple of extra touches, including a 12v supply on the left hand of the luggage compartment, and a central ski between the rear seats allows skis to be carried the car even when there are passengers on board.

As an option you can specify Nivomat self-levelling suspension to ensure that the bumper doesn’t drag the ground if you find yourself to carry something very that will fit in a 360-litre

The 156 saloon is a particularly fine-looking and Alfa has gone to great to ensure that the Sportwagon lose out in that department. In this is the most attractive car of its I can remember seeing since the Xantia estate.

It also lost out much in terms of quality. As with most you can feel that the suspension has compromised slightly, but it’s not a on any of the cars with the exception of the JTD turbo diesel.

This is a magnificent unit, but inevitably pretty heavy, means that the front has had to be tuned to take that account. There are therefore at both ends of the car, and the is disappointing, making this the pleasant Sportwagon to drive. A because the mid-range pull is

My favourite is the 2.5-litre V6, but I also the 1.6 Twin Spark (there are 1.8 and 2.0 TS too). It’s not a big engine for the of car, and maybe isn’t the choice if you plan to do any towing, but it great – of course and gives pretty decent

Alfa Romeo 156

I hope the cars available on the launch were pre-production because build quality wildly among the ones I The 2.5 felt every bit as well as any other 156 I’ve driven, but the 1.6 had a gearchange and the JTD felt like it had at least twenty times the mileage.

Maybe – and prefer to think this true – but just this is what the production will be like. If so, and if you test a Sportwagon that feels a bit walk away from it. just found a lemon, and are better 156s available.

The Sportwagon has been available in since March, but you’ll to wait until June 22 to buy one There are 27 varieties, even you start investigating the options and they divide into the engine types plus trim levels (standard, and Veloce) with the extra of leather upholstery for Veloce

Five-speed gearboxes are the norm but the 2.0 Spark can also be fitted the semi-automatic Selespeed transmission, sounds more fun than it to be in practice, while the 2.5 V6 comes as a six-speed manual or with the semi-automatic Q-System.

Top dollar is £23,364 on the road for the 2.5 V6 Q-System Veloce, but I urgently your attention to the entry-level 1.6 at For the money, it’s a very car (assuming it’s built which should not be overshadowed by its glamorous stablemates.

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