3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Alfa Romeo 156 Saloon (97-05) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £13,720 - £26,163
Used price £535 - £2,860
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £220 - £360
Insurance group 23 - 31 How much is it to insure?


Italian styling, great to drive, strong diesel engines, sporty cabin


Reliability issues, firm ride, average interior build quality

Alfa Romeo 156 Saloon rivals

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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.

Alfa Romeo 156 Saloon rivals

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