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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon running costs aren't too bad. Lower volumes than the 156 should mean better resale values for the 159 while good equipment levels also mean a used model could be quite desirable. The diesels are quite frugal, although petrol models are relatively thirsty. Insurance groups for mainstream models range from 11 to 14, while the faster 2.4 JTDM is in group 14 and the range-topping V6 is in group 16.

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon emissions are fairly competitive - especially in terms of CO2. The 159 performs adequately in terms of CO2 outputs and despite being a sporty brand, there are even ECO models available. Powered by the 1.9 JTDM engine with power lowered to 120bhp (from 150bhp), they emit 140g/km of CO2 while returning 53mpg. This isn't bad, but it lags behind alternatives from BMW and Audi.

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon reliability may concern you, but it shouldn't put you off. The company claims to have improved build quality and cars we've driven so far were certainly free of any squeaks or rattles. Time will tell however as historically, reliability was not an Alfa Romeo strength.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,616 - £2,530 *
Diesel 131p £1,103 - £1,702 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 JTDM 16v (136bhp) Diesel 137 g/km (Min) £145
3.2 V6 JTS Petrol 288 g/km (Max) £570

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 18 - 30
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.