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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

The 2.0 TS, 2.4 JTD and V6 models have alloy wheels, stainless steel tailpipes and headlight washers while the Lusso features velour trim, a wooden steering wheel and climate control. Option packs available until early 2000 included Lusso (on 1.8 only) and Sport (three levels, including wood or carbon fibre-look dash, sports suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, plus Recaro sports seats or leather Momo seats).

In June 2000, Lusso and Veloce were launched as models in their own right, replacing previous Lusso and Sport packs while the base model became Turismo. GTA 3.2 V6 models (June '02) have extra body styling, 17” alloys, along with heated leather and electric front seats. Revisions in June 2002 included 2.0 JTS direct injection petrol engine, uprated 2.4 JTD engine, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) safety system, curtain airbags, new interior, improved equipment including alloy wheels, Bose audio from 2.0 JTS upwards, and new Veloce dual trim level with Momo leather trim.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon (00-05).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Rear electric windows

Lusso equipment

Lusso standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
Lusso optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

TI equipment

TI standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
TI optional equipment
None available

Turismo equipment

Turismo standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
Turismo optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Veloce equipment

Veloce standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Rear electric windows
Veloce optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Veloce [LT] equipment

Veloce [LT] standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Veloce [LT] optional equipment
None available

Veloce 1 equipment

Veloce 1 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Traction control
Veloce 1 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Veloce 2 equipment

Veloce 2 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Veloce 2 optional equipment
None available

Safety

3 out of 5 3.0

The underlying 156 design dates back to 1998 and is beginning to fall behind in the safety stakes. There’s no Euro NCAP crash test result - pretty standard in today’s executive market - and some early models even lacked a standard passenger airbag. Models from June 2000 fare better and passenger and side airbags became standard from July 1999. Security is good with a standard alarm, immobiliser, keyless entry and a unique-fit stereo.

Interior & boot space

3 out of 5 3.0

Boot space is adequate but when you realise that the 156 saloon boasts more room with the rear seats in place the Sportwagon loses it's appeal somewhat. The load are is useable and of course you can drop the seats for extra carrying capacity but it doesn't compare to rivals like the Mondeo or V70 though.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon (00-05) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
BMW 3-Series Touring (99-05) 435 litres
Audi A4 Avant (01-04) 420 litres
Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon (00-05) 360 litres
Lexus IS Sport Cross (01-05) 343 litres