Alfa Romeo 159 2.0 JTDm Review | Autocar

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Alfa Romeo 159

2.0 JTDm

is it?

Alfa Romeo’s now rather 159, which has just given a stay of execution.

Its the Giulia, has been delayed 2013; sent back to the board for a styling rethink, or so the goes.

And with this, the 159, Alfa is taking one crack at the UK fleet market the Giulia arrives. This 159 has on sale since the turn of the in 168bhp turbodiesel form, but now are examples of the lower-emissions 134bhp oil-burner arriving in Britain, squeezes in for 19 per cent benefit-in-kind car tax, and for VED band E for a £115 tax disc. The cleanest diesel of the Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Exeo, Skoda Superb and S60 miss one or the other of those some miss both.

What’s it like?

At five years old, the 159 looks remarkably fresh and The interior isn’t quite as despite the addition of some new upholstery and ‘black aluminium’ trim which is as attractive as it is

The 159’s driving position high, the seats slightly and short of squab. And material is a little shoddy too: our car had a few too many rough, flimsy and plastics to do Alfa’s quality men credit.

And although Alfa insists car’s turbodiesel engine is it’s noisy. The 159 is clattery at and unusually coarse by class above 3000rpm. It’s got of usable torque and a slick box, but there’s more lag than you expect, too.

The 159 and handles acceptably, but it’s no sports saloon, coming up in terms of responsiveness and dynamic as well as refinement.

Alfa Romeo 159

Its steering the nature of the car perfectly: the wheel’s contoured and beautifully tactile, in black leather – but it sprouts you at an awkward angle, as if the steering ran through the bulkhead between feet. It also acts on the wheels with a variable giving the car an unusually large and ‘…-zone’ of steering angle at the straight ahead, and then a to dart towards an apex that comes without a increase in required steering All things considered, the car’s

grippy and reasonably game, but a little too inert and unpredictable to with precision or get much from.

Should I buy one?

This new 159 quite alluring in its own alternative, fashionista way, but unless offered a particularly appealing hire rate, we’d elsewhere – even if you do have to pay a more company car tax. A Mondeo is a much more saloon, and a BMW 318d, which is comparable to the 159 on price if not equipment, is a more rewarding drive.

Alfa Romeo 159 2.0 JTDM

Price: £24,150; Top speed: 0-62mph: 9.9sec; Economy: Co2: 134g/km; Kerbweight: Engine type, cc: 4 cyls in 1956cc, turbodiesel; Power: at 4000rpm; Torque: 258lb ft at Gearbox: 6-spd manual

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