Today, we are going to talk about the Alfa Romeo 159. We will make an analysis for 159 in our article by using three main categories such as; The Features of the Alfa Romeo 159, The Fuel Consumption of the Alfa Romeo 159 and Does It Suit You? Before beginning to the analysis, I would love to give some general information about the Alfa Romeo 159. It is a Compact Executive Car which manufactured between the years of 2004 and 2011 by famous Italian automobile manufacturer Alfa Romeo. It was introduced in 2005 at Geneva Motor Show as a replacement for old fashioned 156. It is based on GM/Fiat Flat Premium Platform. It produced in two body variety which are; four doored saloon and five doored estate vehicle. Manufacturing process ended by Alfa Romeo in 2011.
The Features of the Alfa Romeo 159
Now, we will talk about the features of the Alfa Romeo 159 in this part of the article. We are going to start with the exterior design. It is designed by Italdesign Giugiaro S.P.A. 159 has got a coupe design which is aggressive and sportive. At the front part, the iconic Alfa Romeo’s V shaped grille design and cylindered headlights creates an attractive look. 159 also, designed as a big sized car especially for the potential customers who lives in United States. Ironically, 159 never exported to the United States at the time of marketing. When we move on to the interior design, we can see a simple structure which angled towards driver. Alfa Romeo planned a design strategy to compete with the premium rivals such as; BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. As a part of this strategy, cabin has got some beautiful details like, Alfa Romeo logo on the seats and on the pedals, the dashboard instruction writings which written in Latin and Extra Digital Climate Control for passenger seats. However, this strategy has been a failure for many of automotive authorities because of the misplacement of the brand when compared to the premium class brands. When we move on to the technological features, 159 has got a simple multimedia system which is a standard CD Player Radio. On the other hand, safety features of 159 is fair enough for a Compact Executive Car. It has got Hill Hold Assist (which provides a brake assist to driver for a good launch on a steep road.). Also features such as; Traction Control System, EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution System) and Electronic Stability System offers a safe and comfortable driving experience to the driver and passengers.
The Fuel Consumption of the Alfa Romeo 159
Let’s talk about the fuel consumption of the Alfa Romeo 147. We are going to make an examination on the engine types of 159, for a proper fuel consumption analysis. We will use two main categories for this examination such as; The Most Economical One and The Most Powerful One. We are using this distinction to create a practical way to choose proper engine type for your budget and driving style. Alfa Romeo 159 has got seven standard engine type which are; 1.8 MPI, 1.8 TBi, 1.9 JTDM, 2.0 JTDM, 2.2 JTS, 2.4 JTDM and 3.2 JTS V6. Let’s start with the most economical one which is; 2.0 JTDM 16V ECO. It is a four cylindered, 1956 cm3 sized, Diesel type engine which produces 170 Horsepower and 4000 RPM Torque. According to the official factory data, 2.0 JTDM has got a 6.6lt/100km (which refers to 43 MPG in UK) MPG Performance in Urban usage. However, this MPG Rate decreasing to 4.3lt/100km (which refers to 66 MPG in UK) in Extra Urban usage such as; Highways or Long Distance Trip. When we gather these two official factory data, we get a 5.1lt/100km (which refers to 55 MPG in UK) average MPG rate. Secondly, we are going to talk about the most powerful one which is; 3.2 JTS V6. It is a six cylindered, 3195 cm3 sized, Petrol type engine which produces 260 Horsepower and 6300 RPM Torque. It has got a 16.4lt/100km (which refers to 17 MPG in UK) fuel consumption rate in Urban usage. However, this fuel efficiency increasing to 7.9lt/100km (which refers to 36 MPG in UK) in Extra Urban usage. When we gather these two official factory data, we get a 11.0lt/100km (which refers to 26 MPG in UK) average fuel consumption rate.
Does It Suit You?
If you ask me, I would say it depends on your expectations. It is a well designed and practical compact vehicle. It has got a good amount of cabin space for a large family or for loading stuff. When we check out the technological features, maybe the Multimedia System is a little bit old fashioned, but the driving features are fair enough for today’s conditions. Finally, it has got a perfect road performance when we compare it with the similar segment vehicles, but it is not a fuel efficient vehicle if you are looking for performance. The economical variant might be a good choice if you are looking for a low budget version of 159.