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ALFA ROMEO 159 Estate 2006‑2011
24 owner reviews for ALFA ROMEO 159 Estate 2006‑2011
Preferred the 156...
ALFA ROMEO 159 1.9 JTDM 16v Lusso 5dr (Review date: 6th August '14)
I write this in the context of just changing from a 156 SW 2.4 JTD.
On the plus side, the 159 looks great, and it is nice to own something a bit different as you don't see loads of them on the road. The car is quiet and smooth on the road and despite just over 100k on the clock everything seems to have held up very well. The service history just contains wear and tear items apart from a front suspension rebuild.
Unfortunately this is where I run out of praise for it.
I have not warmed to the drive. It is slightly more powerful than the 2.4, but is noticeably bigger and heavier and the result is a little disappointing. It is particularly sluggish at between 1,500 and 2,000 revs. I can't imagine what the 8v is like. The handling is not engaging and the suspension, although comfortable, is a bit numb.
I can't help thinking that all the other reviewers raving about the drive must have bought the one with a bigger engine... and for the sake of a few MPG I wish I had done the same.
Running costs are slightly better than the 156 so far.
ALFA ROMEO 159 3.2 V6 JTS Q4 TI 5dr QTRONIC (Review date: 8th June '14)
A revelation. I knew the Q4 V6 would be good but this combination of grip, performance, sound, looks, practicality and sheer soul are hard to beat. And half the price of an RS4 / RS6. Very precise steering and sports car handling. Sounds amazing at 6000rpm. 18k service intervals so not as costly as you might think.
Simply a pleasure to own. I love my 159!
ALFA ROMEO 159 1.9 JTDM 16V TI 5dr (Review date: 20th February '14)
I've wanted to own an Alfa 159 TI for years and finally decided to get one after I was offered a job where I had to commute a long distance each day and my old Audi A6 was due for retirement!
I have not been disappointed. The car is simply a joy to own and drive. But to try and make this review useful I will give my honest opinion about the following areas...
This is possibly the biggest concern for anyone considering an Alfa Romeo, but you needn't worry. Tales of terrible reliability are a hangover from the past. My car has done a lot of miles (one hundred and forty five thousand - for some reason i'm unable to add numbers to the review!) It has never let me down. Sure I've had to replace some parts, the glow plug heater relay broke costing me Â£30 and 10 minutes of my time to fit. The power steering reservoir also needed replacing. A known fault with these cars causing a whining noise but Â£70 for the parts and fluid and an hour of my time and job done. Other than that it's been 100%. Always started, never skipped a beat. The 1.9 JTDM engine is a gem, the electrics 100% reliable and working.
Brilliant. Ok, so I admit I've had a couple of dash rattles but I sorted them quickly - turned out the dash mounted speakers had come slightly loose. But again, my car has done a lot of miles and everything works and looks like new inside. Build might not be better than the newest German motors, but is 100% better than Alfa Romeo's of old.
I drive 150 miles a day, the majority of which on the M4 and I average 45mpg. Not bad but not great. It would be better if I sat at 56mph the whole way but why would you want to do that?! I average around 600 miles per tank.
Good, not great. Not as much room as you would expect from an estate car, but good for everyday use and the occasional family trip with the car loaded with luggage. Interior very comfy, leather seats look stunning.
How it looks:
1 word...beautiful. It's the kind of car you look back at when you get out and walk away from it. It's a looker without being flashy.
To sum up. If you're thinking of buying one go for it , you will not be disappointed.
Italian work of art....
ALFA ROMEO 159 2.4 JTDM TI 5dr (Review date: 18th October '13)
I have wanted an Alfa Romeo since I first saw a 164. Last year I finally achieved it and bought a one owner ex company car 159 ti estate with 100k fully recorded miles. It replaced a 407 exec estate with just a few thousand more miles on it but the Alfa feels almost barely run in to how the Peugeot felt.
Practicality faults I would say is its not massive inside for the exterior size. Compared to the 407 I feel personally and oddment storage areas are pretty mush non existent and the lack of standard 12v socket in the back is annoying (to me). The glove box is not huge, the front seat arm rest cubby hole is tiny and the door pockets thin in width and shallow in depth compared to most other cars. I don't have many rear seat passengers so I can't comment on that but I know with the drivers seat in my position I feel it would not be comfortable for a long period for an adult sat there. The boot is large enough for everything I've needed it for the only issue to me being the shape of the opening.
More questions always exist on Alfas and reliability. Well in almost a year its never failed to start and its not let me down at any stage. I've had to replace 3 glow plugs but they didn't stop the car starting at any stage. So in my case its reliable.
However, its not so good on the running costs. The road tax, in the 2.4 case, is in Band I. Things don't really improve in the mpg which is worse than both my previous diesels in both town and motorway driving. Tyres are expensive, they are 19 inch in the ti's case, if you stick to the original size 235's but if you go up to 245 the choice of tyres is much wider and so cheaper. Strangely though my insurance went down when I insured this Alfa from my Peugeot as I was able to use a specialist insurer.
As for driving... well its an Alfa. Once warmed up the engine and gearbox are smoother. It's a comfortable daily commuter and long distance mile cruiser. I've never felt like I'm running out of grip and the 2.4 sounds almost unlike a diesel when you are extending it and is powerful enough for what you genuinely need. You just have to get used to seeing other drivers and pedestrians looking at your car a lot.
Great to look at & drive - & it's practical too!
ALFA ROMEO 159 2.4 JTDM Lusso 5dr (Review date: 28th August '12)
I bought this car at just over a year old as a retirement treat to myself, & I think it was an absolute bargain! It was a cancelled special order originally with lots of extras, in dark red with black leather interior, & it just looks fantastic - I persuaded my wife it was a practical diesel estate!
My 2 previous Alfa's were both 2.0 litre petrols - a 156 & a 147 - & I was a bit hesitant about getting a diesel. The 1.9 was the sensible choice, but hey - you don't buy an Alfa to be sensible & I haven't regretted the 2.4 turbo diesel, as it's got so much grunt & pulls like a train - it even revs quite high, although not like the petrol Twinspark obviously.
As for economy, I don't commute any more, so my driving is pottering about plus some long bursts on holiday or visiting relatives - overall I get about 34 mpg, which I guess isn't bad for a big engine, & 'spirited' driving style! The servicing costs have proved to be very good via a multi-year deal with my local agent, who also came up with the best priced extended warranty.
The only reliability issue has been an inlet manifold flap valve which kept getting stuck, & putting me into limp-home mode. They tried to clean & lubricate it, as it was probably caused by too many short trips, but eventually it was replaced under the extended warranty, so no complaints there.
Overall, it's a great looking car, very comfortable, handles well, good load space for a 'lifestyle' estate, & it's an Alfa! I'll be keeping this one a long time.
A great car!
ALFA ROMEO 159 1.9 JTDM 16v Lusso 5dr (Review date: 3rd March '12)
We have been driving Alfa's since 1986 when we purchased a 33 Green Cloverleaf and we have been hooked ever since. We sold a 156 1.9 JTD 16v MJet to buy our current car in November 2011.
Overall we are very pleased with the 159 but a little disappointed with the fuel economy. The 156 returned 40+ mpg whatever the driving conditions but the 159 is in the low 30's. It is a much heavier car and there is quite a difference with the 'gearing'. The old car used to be responsive in all gears and be very happy in 5th gear travelling at 40mph. The 159 needs to be in 4th gear at the same speed.
The build quality is superb and no trim has fallen off yet, which has been our past experience with Alfas!
The driving experience still brings a smile and the car is stunning to look at from all angles but then we are biased towards Italian styling!
We bought the car from a main dealer and we have been looked after extremely well. They very helpful, polite and seemed to genuinely believe in the marque. The car had a small problem with the air con a few weeks after we purchased it and they rectified the fault quickly without any trauma. It seems as though Alfa Romeo UK have really got their act together.
Overall, owning a 159 has (so far) been a positive experience. It has been driven in all weather conditions without any problems and the running costs have been low. The fuel economy has been the only negative.
My first ever Auto
ALFA ROMEO 159 2.4 JTDM TI 5dr QTRONIC (Review date: 11th February '12)
So, I've only ever owned Italian cars, ranging from Fiats, Lancias, and now this is my fourth Alfa, my second 159 Sportwagon. Both wags are 2.4JTDM's, but this one is auto and Ti. In glorious red, with 19" Titanium alloys and privacy glass, its just stunning. Road holding approaches the leves of my old integrale, Its very comfortable on a long journey, and great to go out and play for a while.
This is my first auto, and I am impressed how much better it is than previous autos I have driven.
Reliability is excellent, and servicing costs not extreme.
On the practicality front, well its a wag so no issues there. Rear leg room is imporved over my Lusso as the seats are a different shape. I have a short daily commute, but also do long drives. So great car. The only negative is the economy. Getting just 35mpg, though she isn't run in properly yet, but it is closer to 40 on a run.
All in all a great car, and a pitty its no longer being built. Will be interesting to see the replacement. Its only my second car that my mates just love (the first being the Integrale). Well done Alfa for getting it so right.
Alfa 159 - Love It!
ALFA ROMEO 159 1.9 JTDM 16v Lusso 5dr (Review date: 22nd January '12)
Great car. Very solidly built and beautiful. I've done 100K now and reliability compares favourably to the 3 Audi A4's that I've owned previously. Servicing and parts are no more expensive either.
I have a 40 mile commute every day and it's never let me down, even through the last 2 severe winters.
The car is lovely inside with cream leather seats and many features, such as auto wipers and lights.
It's not the roomiest of estates but is excellent for every day driving and for those occasional trips with lots of luggage. Very comfortable with excellent visibility and low levels of road noise as well. Side windows are extra thick glass which helps.
It steers very well and is fun to drive around smaller roads and is relaxing on long runs.
The diesel economy is not the best - low 40s most of the time - but it is a sturdy, heavy car. Maybe this is related to its NCAP 5 star safety rating? I get around 640 miles consistently to each tank full of diesel.
All in all a very stylish, comfortable car with enough performance when you need it and reasonable economy the rest of the time. Forget the old Alfa reliability stories. this is a car that can run with the best of them.
Great looking & a pleasure to drive
ALFA ROMEO 159 1.9 JTDM 16v Lusso 5dr (Review date: 20th January '12)
The car was chosen for its style and combination of performance and practicability, it has not disappointed!
Yes, the boot could be slightly larger but takes a full size golf bag & electric trolley without the need to fold the rear seats. It easily accommodates holiday luggage for four people.
Road holding and performance are more than adequate and not achieved at the expense of ride comfort, although very poor road surfaces can lead to bumps being transmitted to the cabin.
Economy is reasonable at 39-40 mpg in daily use, slightly more on longer journeys.
The cabin is light and airy. The Interior leather trim is comfortable, good to look at and has proved durable and the driving position can be adjusted to suit nearly everyone.
I have owned the car for eighteen months (I bought it at 29,000 miles) and have had no problems.
ALFA 159 DOES THE JOB NICELY - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
ALFA ROMEO 159 2.4 JTDM Lusso 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
Enjoying my Alfa 159 estate. It feels classy and individual and is responsive to drive. The steering, although ligght, is communicative with an eager engine that pulls well. The running costs are great compared to my old car, an Audi Allroad Quattro, which had less power & torque & was thirstier too.
Practicality is a little restricted as the boot, although deep, has a high bumper with no protective strip (my dog scratches the bumper jumping in & out & the cars seats & arrangement mean the rear legroom is restricted. Rear visibility is not great, but that seems a current trend with small rear screens.
The seats are the most comfortable I've ever sat in. The 159 suits me well as it's a comfortable motorway cruiser, accomplish & exciting to drive on the B roads, comes with loads of gadgets and has plenty of space for my labrador in the boot & my work gear in the back.
Overall the is a great value car. It gives the feel & performance of a premium car but for not that much money. You feel Italian & important & that's all down to the cars flair & good looks.