Car Reviews Alfa Romeo 159 2 4 JTDM TI The AA

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More appeal than its rivals TI badge and extra kit will be no be appreciated by Alfa fans engine performance Pound-for-pound value than its German


Seats could be supportive Tall drivers be disappointed by the lack of headroom of confidence in the brand, particularly in of its customer service Conservative buyers might be put off by the car’s looks

Renowned for producing that are beautiful to look at, Romeo’s stylish 159 can also be had a Ti badge. Short for Turismo the label is reserved for the most and luxurious models in the range. The also comes with an version of Alfa Romeo’s JTD diesel engine and boasts suspension and a subtle bodykit.

A addition to the range, the TI builds on the role as executive ambassador for the It is instantly recognisable thanks to its look which is further by a lowered ride height of 19-inch alloys, extended sills, chrome effect mirrors and handles plus a exhaust arrangement.

The capable 2.4-litre diesel is smooth and punchy and allows the 159 TI to smoothly from standstill to in a decent time. Power is in a steady linear fashion and the benefits from the engine’s mid-range torque. The steering is weighted and feels precise the slick gearshift allows the to tease out the most performance in every gear while is particularly impressive.

Alfa has a good job of the revisions to the front and has added a new multilink rear Consequently the car remains balanced and when cornering, and the stiffened compliments the 159’s straight-line The ride however, does unsettled on poor surfaces and it still doesn’t quite the engaging drive of some of its although it is fun to drive.

The 159 TI represents value considering its generous of standard equipment, which goodies such as dual climate control, cruise a multifunction trip computer, fog lights, alloy wheels in to its stunning looks and spirited characteristics.

Our verdict on the Alfa Romeo 159 2.4 TI

The 159 TI is a great all-round package for who are also dedicated car enthusiasts. Its diesel engine, coupled a fun driving experience and competitive will appeal to people who are to buy a compact saloon but are looking for a little different and with a lot of presence. In a bid to remedy its poor for reliability and quality, Alfa is to produce cars that to the head and not just the heart the 159 TI appears to do the job successfully.


below many of its rivals, the 159 is an proposition for those wishing to buy an saloon at a reasonable price. these savings are offset by the that the 159’s German tend to retain more of value over time.

Space and practicality

Unfortunately, the 159 score that highly regards to space or practicality, and occupants will find with only a modest of legroom. The boot is a fair but could do with being a regular shape for storing such as golf clubs or buggies.

The TI package includes a of attractive elements to differentiate the car the regular 159

Controls and display

The is undoubtedly stylish and features an facia that is angled the driver, plus some cowled dials. It has a key-slot and button ignition system, the instruments are big and clearly labelled. the stereo’s low position on the dash, just behind the gear means it is sometimes difficult.

as well access is available the steering wheel mounted


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The saloon highly in crash test and safety kit is comprehensive. Seven are fitted as standard and stability ABS, EBD and vehicle dynamic are also fitted. There are front-seat head restraints move to minimise whiplash

There are three Isofix for child seats.

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Overall the 159 TI is an entertaining drive and is impressive with road and noise subdued. The diesel isn’t the quietest when although this gives way to a tuneful exhaust note. The 159 not be as sharp as a BMW 3 Series and Alfa play heavily on the 159’s but the TI extras do make a welcome to the car’s behaviour.

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Quality and

The interior looks very and has a solid feel to it and it’s that Alfa has used quality materials too. refinement is good and there is a slight diesel clatter start-up from the 2.4-litre Reliability and quality problems plagued Alfa’s reputation in the and the Italian carmaker is working to restore consumer confidence.


Front seat should have no problem in and out of the 159. The doors open and the seating height is relatively However the car’s rear are quite small in comparison, as is the aperture, so rear passengers may entering and leaving the car a little

The boot however is a good and the tailgate opens and closes

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

There’s an of high-tech equipment available a CD/MP3 player, a Bose system, Alfa’s Connect service plus sat-nav and a function. Whether you stick the standard kit or opt for the extra features, it all well and the various controls are and sensibly located about the

Leather sports seats contrasting red stitching add to the 159 TI’s stylish interior

Colours and trim

Alfa is the 159 TI models distinctive and exclusive by three exterior body only — Alfa Stromboli Grey and Carbonio — all colours that the 159 well. Inside, the TI badge extras such as the good black leather sports with contrasting red stitching and an logo.

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