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Alfa Romeo 166 Saloon review

1999 - 2005 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £19,821 - £31,740
Used prices £654 - £2,637
Road tax cost £345 - £415
Insurance group 29 - 33
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 291 - 440 miles
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Pros & cons


Alfa style, driving pleasure, characteristic V6 engines


Cramped in the back, no diesel option, firm ride

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Alfa’s attempt at an executive saloon, the 166 may not be a very common site on UK roads but it makes an alternative choice to the likes of the Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5-Series. Strong performance and confident handling make it enjoyable from behind the wheel plus all models come well equipped. However the interior lacks space and build quality isn’t up to premium standards – the lack of any diesel engines do it few favours either.

The model received a much welcome facelift in 2003 which not only improved the looks but also brought revised suspension and the introduction of a 3.2-litre V6 engine.