Alfa Romeo 159

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Fleet-friendly Alfa 159 leaves too much to be desired on quality along with refinement to rival the best in class Alfa Romeo’s today rather elderly 159, which has just been given a stay of execution. Its replacement, the Giulia, has been delayed until 2013; sent back to the drawing board for a styling rethink, or so the rumour goes.along with with This kind of, the 2011-design-year 159, Alfa is actually taking one last crack at the UK fleet market before the Giulia arrives. This kind of 159 has been on sale since the turn of the year in 168bhp turbodiesel form, however only today are examples of the lower-emissions 134bhp 2.0-litre oil-burner arriving in Britain, which squeezes in for 19% benefit-in-kind company car tax, along with for VED band E for a £115 road tax disc.The cleanest diesel edition of the Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Seat Exeo, Skoda Superb along with Volvo S60 miss one or the various other of those classifications, some miss both. Although, over its life span there have been a variety of petrol along with diesel engines for motorists to choose by, including the range-topping 3.2-litre V6 powerplant.At all 5 years old, the 159 still looks remarkably fresh along with appealing. The Indoor isn’t quite as convincing, despite the addition of some fresh leather upholstery along with ‘black aluminium’ fascia trim which is actually as attractive as the idea is actually unusual.The 159’s driving position feels high, the seats slightly narrow along with short of squab. along with material quality is actually a little shoddy too: our test car had a few too many rough, flimsy along with sharp plastics to do Alfa’s quality men much credit.The 159 is actually clattery at idle, along with unusually coarse by class standards above 3000rpm. the idea’s got plenty of usable torque along which has a slick six-speed box, however there’s more turbo lag than you expect, too.The 159 rides along with handles acceptably, however the idea’s certainly no sports saloon, coming up short in terms of responsiveness along with dynamic poise, as well as refinement.Its steering encapsulates the nature of the vehicle perfectly: the wheel’s imaginatively contoured along with beautifully tactile, wrapped in black leather – however the idea sprouts towards you at an awkward angle, as if the steering column ran through the bulkhead between your feet.the idea also acts on the front wheels which has a variable pace, giving the vehicle an unusually large along with unpleasant ‘dead-zone’ of steering angle right at the straight ahead, along with then a tendency to dart towards an apex mid-corner of which comes without a matching increase in required steering weight.All things considered, the vehicle’s grippy along with reasonably game, however feels a little too inert along with unpredictable to drive with precision or get much satisfaction by.This kind of fresh 159 remains quite alluring in its own alternative, Italian fashionista way, however unless you’re offered a particularly appealing contract hire rate, we’d shop elsewhere – even if you do have to pay a little more company car tax.A Ford Mondeo is actually a much more capable saloon, along which has a BMW 318d, which is actually broadly comparable to the 159 on cost if not equipment, is actually a much more rewarding drive.Alfa Romeo 159 2.0 JTDM LussoPrice £24,150; Engine 4 cyls in line, 1956cc, turbocharged, diesel; Power 134bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 258lb ft at 1750rpm; 0-62mph 9.9sec; Top speed 126mph; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1490kg; Economy 55.4mpg; CO2 134g/km
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