Alfa Romeo 156 Saloon (97-05) - Review

Review by Parkers on
3.5
The 156 is the alternative to the rather dull executive saloons and will always stand out from the crowd. Its coupé-style bodywork is beautifully designed with a healthy dose of typical Italian flair.

Alfa Romeo 156 Saloon (97-05)
Italian styling, great to drive, strong diesel engines, sporty cabin
Reliability issues, firm ride, average interior build quality

New price range:

£13,820 - £26,263

Used price range:

£130 - £3,980

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The 156 is the alternative to the rather dull executive saloons and will always stand out from the crowd. Its coupé-style bodywork is beautifully designed with a healthy dose of typical Italian flair. But the Alfa is more than just style, it delivers great driving pleasure too and although not as sharp as some of its German rivals, it simply oozes charm and character. What's not so welcome is the patchy build quality, cramped interior and so-so reliability. But if you want something different, the 156 makes a great choice.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 It had..doors? Seats didn't go down so wasn't useful... It didn't have ANY cup holders, which was frustrating... alloys way too soft to hold balance for more than a week... erm, did I mention it had...  

1 out of 5

Peter Thompson ,   04 Jun 2014    ... read more

 Nothing - well it seats four in comfort I guess - apart from that it is a fun car.  

5 out of 5

Rick Hough ,   23 Apr 2014    ... read more

 It's smaller then it looks and fits easily in even smallest parking spaces.  

4 out of 5

Wojciech Litwiniec ,   25 Mar 2013    ... read more

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