Alfa style, driving pleasure, characteristic V6 engines
Cramped in the back, no diesel option, firm ride
Alfa's attempt at an executive saloon, the 166 may not be a very common site on UK roads but it makes an alternative choice to the likes of the Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5-Series. Strong performance and confident handling make it enjoyable from behind the wheel plus all models come well equipped. However the interior lacks space and build quality isn't up to premium standards - the lack of any diesel engines do it few favours either.
The model received a much welcome facelift in 2003 which not only improved the looks but also brought revised suspension and the introduction of a 3.2-litre V6 engine.