Alfa Romeo 147 (01-09) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 06 May 2009
3
Voted Car of the Year in 2001 before it even went on sale here, Alfa's sleek, sporting 147 hatchback has appealing Italian styling, advanced engines, fine handling and competitive pricing against premium offerings from Audi and BMW. What Alfa has lacked is a reputation for longevity, although the 147 has proven to be one of the firms more reliable models.

Alfa Romeo 147 (01-09)
Strong diesel engine, good six-speed gearbox, Italian styling, neat handling
Limited rear passenger space, firm ride, cabin quality issues

New price range:

£13,350 - £19,700

Used price range:

£360 - £7,706

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Voted Car of the Year in 2001 before it even went on sale here, Alfa's sleek, sporting 147 hatchback has appealing Italian styling, advanced engines, fine handling and competitive pricing against premium offerings from Audi and BMW. What Alfa has lacked is a reputation for longevity, although the 147 has proven to be one of the firms more reliable models. Facelifted in 2005 with the new-look Alfa face and a light interior makeover, even in its later years there remains much to like about this stylish hatchback.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Fuel economy , fantastically cheap to run and maintain though a little heavy on front tyres. That's mainly because it encourages spirited driving, but as it sits on 16" wheels premium tyres can be got...  

5 out of 5

Will Valintine ,   11 Sep 2014    ... read more

 It's a lot bigger than you would imagine from the outside. It's fairly roomy for a car that is suppose to medium to small.  

3 out of 5

Paul Turner ,   25 Apr 2013    ... read more

 It's a lot bigger than you would imagine. Fairly economical, but as this is my first diesel I have nothing to really compare it against.  

3 out of 5

Paul Turner ,   25 Apr 2013    ... read more

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