A revised 3 and 5-door Alfa Romeo 147 range has just gone on sale in the UK, featuring new Giugiaro styling, 150bhp M-Jet diesel engines, uprated interiors and revised chassis dynamics.
Priced from £13,660-£19,040 on-the-road, Alfa Romeo’s sporty mid-size hatchback continues to offer a distinctive alternative within the ‘Elite’ sub-C segment of the market, and with three and five-door versions, three petrol engines, two diesel engines, and Turismo and Lusso equipment options, the new model line-up suits a wide range of tastes and pockets.
Launched in the UK in February 2001, the original Alfa Romeo 147 has gone on to record nearly 360,000 sales worldwide. Its special blend of Italian design flair and advanced engineering, which translates into great handling and sparkling performance, has won Alfa’s prestige compact sports hatch no fewer than 27 awards, including European Car of the Year 2001.
The latest restyled 147 retains the original’s well-proportioned, muscular lines, but the bonnet, front wings and front bumper are all-new to give a cleaner, more dynamic front end. In particular, the distinctive shield-type grille is now larger and positioned lower and further forward, which, together with restyled headlights that sweep back to follow the lines of the V-shaped bonnet, conveys a greater sense of the car’s sporting prowess. The mesh covering to the lower air intakes adds extra dynamic appeal.
One of the strengths of the Alfa Romeo 147 range has been the breadth of its engine choice. Petrol engines in 105 and 120 bhp 1.6 litre, and 150 bhp 2.0 litre Twin Spark guise, and the 115 bhp 1.9 litre JTD common rail turbodiesel engine were joined in 2003 by the groundbreaking, 140 bhp 1.9 litre JTD MultiJet engine, marking the first appearance in the UK of second generation common rail technology. Its adoption of higher injection pressures and multiple, but smaller, injections delivers even greater performance and fuel efficiency, together with reduced carbon dioxide emissions.