Week at the Wheel: Alfa Romeo 159 1750 TBi

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Week at the Wheel | Alfa 159 1750 TBi |

Inside Out:

generation of Alfa’s D-segment doesn’t stray from the of the 156 before it. The 159 still stands as the of the car fashionista – or someone too to go with the pack and buy German. since the Saab 9-3 went all Vectra, the Alfa saloon has its little segment of the market and that’s despite being by an infamous dealer network and a for less than steadfast quality.

Well, it’s to gauge whether those two, erm, hamstrings tie up the 159 a mere week behind the but we can confirm that impeccable is still present and correct. No there, but the 159 takes all that was about the 156 (hidden rear handles aside) and beefs it up a

However, as is often the case such an approach is taken, of the predecessor’s charm has been in the process, despite the newcomer subjectively better looking. of the difference between new MINI one and new two – it’s sort of the here.

Inside, the jury is out, so to speak. Our test car furnished with tan leather, this writer thought a beautiful complement to the black while others described it adjectives usually reserved for milkshakes. Unanimously disliked, was the metallic green finish of the centre stack. There’s offensive about the design of the which is very obviously toward the driver, but it lacks

The driving position is good – Alfa finally to have ditched the ape-ish arm, short leg’ that blighted it for so long. the 159 is blessed with plenty of and a degree of idiosyncrasy, but for us it’s too to sensible for its own good.

Engine Transmission:

The 1750 TBI is new to the line-up – a whole new in fact. The four-cylinder unit direct injection and is turbocharged, and it takes its name partly its 1,742cc capacity and from the old Berlina saloon. It develops and a nice 236lb.ft chunk of at jut 1,400rpm. Result?

V6 performance and character, but small engine It pretty much works too it will hit 62mph in 7.7 seconds, yet 34.9mpg combined. Hmm. not quite small engine is it?

Not bad though, and it’s a lovely engine that’s as happy to sit in the of the rev range as it is being worked a Japanese employee of the month. If it has a it’s that it’s too – there’s very drama as it piles its speed on, and to the V6 Alfas of yore (whenever was) it’s a little and lacks a rousing engine

But you can’t help but be impressed at the drivetrain, because the six-speed – with its lever set on the transmission tunnel – is to snick from cog to cog. The is so flexible that you don’t to rely on gear changing too but when you do it’s no chore.


When will switch to rear-wheel drive? not that the 159 feels badly set up far from it, in fact – but sending power to the back never going to be able to up the kind of response and purity of 3 Series it so wants to wrestle middle managers from. said that, there’s a to the front-wheel drive setup, if well done, that a car easier to manage for most at reasonable speeds.

The 159 is indeed well done. Yes it into understeer when turning in on the power, but it’s very predictable, grippy and to change direction, with a of lightness at the nose. The steering feels too big though – a innocuous point, but one that a difference.

Alfa has also set it up far more compliance than it have, resisting the urge to do thing some makers do to handling prowess: wind the up so tight that all of a sudden street feels like been quilted with glass. As such, the 159 rides composure.

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Equipment, Economy for Money:

No less than trim levels can garnish 159: Turismo, Turismo Elegante, Lusso and TI. All are well-equipped and priced, with every rocking on a nice set of alloys and cruise control, dual-zone control, a decent CD player and a wheel. Any higher spec Bluetooth, bigger wheels, and a luxurious interior.

Go to the top of the tree and bells accompany with TI versions getting rims, painted Brembo chrome effect wing a body kit, lowered and heated leather sports

Prices start at Ј19,950 for a diesel Turismo and end at Ј27,800 for a V6 TI, which we think you’ll makes this a good saloon. Add Ј1,100 for a Sportwagon body.

On the engine front, 1750 TBi is a good example of the Fiat Group is taking its engines in terms of making both more efficient and performing; we reckon it doesn’t get the it deserves. Alongside the TBi is a new 2.0-litre diesel with 170bhp, is both more powerful and economical that the old 1.9 JTDm it replaces.


We’re torn on this Alfa Romeo 159 stars, but we have to. It’s to recommend, because it’s well-equipped, economical, quick and probably prove reliable. where you want an Alfa to be the off-kilter choice for the wannabe eccentric, the 159 is too sensible for its own good.

going to see Harry Hill and watching as the curtain rises on a man a regularly sized collar and understand the mild disappointment, but no he’d be as hilarious as ever.

Nichol – 25 Nov 2009

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