Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon Road Test

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
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Alfa Romeo 159 Review

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I mentioned demeanour earlier and the Sportwagon’s shape and stance means that it has a fairly low centre of gravity and that translates as stability on fast bends and winding roads.

The fuel consumption is posted as; 21.4mpg for the urban cycle, 38.7mpg for the extra-urban and the combined works out as 29.7mpg with 224g/km CO2 coming out of the twin tailpipes.

I mentioned demeanour earlier and the Sportwagon’s shape and stance means that it has a fairly low centre of gravity and that translates as stability on fast bends and winding roads. It behaves well and I particularly liked the nicely weighted, positive steering. The car is relatively smooth on uneven surfaces although the suspension is quite firm and the wide tyres do tend to follow the undulations in the road surface.

On the motorway, the car is happy to cruise all day long and overtakes are easily achieved in 6th gear. It’s a case of settle back and enjoy the smooth, comfortable miles and the admiring glances.

In terms of safety, the 159 has achieved a 5-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP tests along with four stars for child occupant protection.

Passive safety includes seven airbags as standard with a passenger knee airbag as an optional extra. There is also anti-whiplash headrests and anti-submarining for the front seats. Active safety comes in the form of electronic braking, traction control and stability systems along with ABS with EBD and Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA). The 159 also has a Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to enhance cornering stability and ASR to limit wheelspin and MSR, which controls braking torque during sharp gear downchanges.

As I said earlier, the 159 Sportwagon is a ‘looker'. It’s an estate car that you would buy more for its appearance and not out of load-lugging, necessity. However, I think I would go for the larger 3.2JTS engine for more performance and the added benefit of Alfa’s Q4, permanent four-wheel-drive system.

14 September 2006 Melanie Carter
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Alfa Romeo 159 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAlfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 2.2 JTS Lusso
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourRed
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban21.4 mpg
Extra Urban38.7 mpg
Combined29.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 Years / 60000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 14/09/06)£23,495

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