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£294 - ALFA ROMEO 159 2.4 JTDM (210) Lusso

posted on Aug 20 2008 by Kyle McWilton

We have just been offered a number of Alfa Romeo 2.4 JTDM (210) Lusso at a heavily discounted contract hire leasing price of £294 + VAT per month based on a 3+35 3 year lease agreement. For more information please speak to the Car Leasing team on 01273 789 900.

Performance: There are three petrol engines available for the Alfa Romeo 159, a 160bhp 1.9, a 185bhp 2.2 and a 260bhp 3.2 V6. All are derived from the latest excellent Vauxhall/Saab fours and V6, but they have Alfa's own cylinder heads with unique direct-injection technology for clean power and variable phasing on all camshafts for better torque and emissions. Floor the 2.2-litre JTS engine and it spins beautifully with lots of lowdown torque. It sounds really encouraging, and is well matched to the short, precise six-speed.

The diesels are Alfa's terrific four-valve JTDs. The 150bhp 1.9 is fine, but the 200bhp 5cyl, 2.4 is stonking. Driving: Get cracking on a difficult road and you find steering that's direct and accurate, and a chassis that helps you with bags of grip and fine handling. Body movements are well checked when the road dips and crests too. Take comfort from the sounds, though. This is a really endearing car, and as good in the wet as the dry.

Space: Front seats are fine, though rear room isn't at all brilliant. But ditto a 3-Series and people still buy those in droves. However, there is 25mm more height in the front and 28mm more height in the rear over the Alfa Romeo 156. There's also more shoulder room too. The boot is a decent size at 405 litres, which is 27 litres more than the previous model.

Performance: Inside, the 159 is sensibly ergonomic where needed, and full-on beautiful Alfa where conditions permit - the triple gauges in the centre console say not 'petrol', 'water' and 'oil' but 'benzina', 'acqua' and 'olio'. Safety: The Alfa Romeo 159 is bristling with both active and passive safety equipment. Seven airbags are standard plus anti-lock brakes, traction control and brake force distribution. Crashtesters at NCAP gave it the maximum five stars.

Equipment: All cars come with alloys, CD player cruise and climate control. Leather is standard on this Alfa Romeo 2.4 JTDM Lusso.

Owning: Will be on a par with its German rivals, but depreciation will still be poor until consumers stop worrying about Alfa's sometimes patchy reliability. Clean engines mean low company car tax. But its not a worry at allbecause this is a contract hire leasing offer and the car gets collected at the end of the lease agreement.

Value: By starting at over 20,000, the 159's prices are comparable with those of its BMW, Lexus and Jaguar rivals.

Verdict: Great to look at and even better to drive, the Alfa Romeo 159 may just be the car that finally tempts BMW drivers away from their 3-Series. If the Italian firm has sorted out its reliability gremlins, it's onto a winner with this car.