Alfa Romeo 156 Pricing, Reviews, and Specifications

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    Alfa Romeo 156 Models Review

    • Pros
      • Good level of equipment
      • Stylish-looking car
      • Ergonomically-pleasing leather interior
      • Great value
    • Cons
      • Boot space could be larger
      • Poor depreciation values

    Overview, Look, and Feel of the Alfa Romeo 156

    Overview, Look, and Feel of the Alfa Romeo 156

    Alfa Romeo has always been associated with stylish car design coupled with a quirky twist, and the compact executive car that saw the light of day in 1997 at the Frankfurt Motor Show was no different. The Alfa 156 entered production that year, and models left the factory right up until 2007 when it was replaced with the Alfa 159.

    The gorgeous looks of the Alfa 156 did not disappoint, just as Italian car design rarely does. The slender, sculpted bonnet, distinctive front grille, air dam, and nicely proportioned headlights give the Italian executive compact a graceful look. The bulky boot’s design is just as striking with an elongated light rig and twin tail pipes.

    The 156’s retro styling is said to be inspired by three older Alfa Romeo classics, the 1900 from the 1950s and the Giulia and Giulietta from the 1960s. It is available in four-door saloon and five-door station wagon body styles.

    The body shape remained pretty much the same throughout its lifespan. The main changes were embellishments to the interior and technological enhancements as gadgetry improved. The first re-working came in 2002, when the Alfa 156 received chrome headlights, a new matte finish interior, and made occupants more comfortable with the addition of duel zone climate control, xenon lighting, tele-informatics, and a better quality BOSE stereo.

    Alfa Romeo 156 Engine Specs and Performance

    Alfa Romeo 156 Engine Specs and Performance

    The engine in the Alfa 156 was initially a 2.0L 16-valve TS model, and these engines were updated in 2003 with the swap over to the 2.0L JTS engine. This was a technological breakthrough and gave better overall performance, fuel economy, and lower emissions than the older 2.0L engine. The JTS had a top speed of 220Km/h, and its time of 8.2 seconds to get from 0-100Km/h was quick for a larger car. The 156’s fuel consumption is average when compared to similar cars, and has a recorded combined rate of 6.6L/100Km.

    The 2.5L V6 was updated with the idea of giving better performance levels, and it could reach 230Km/h and 100Km/h in 7.3 seconds. Transmission offers for the cars came in either the 6-speed manual or the 4-speed automatic Q-System gearbox.

    There was also an array of stability, braking, and performance controls installed in the 2003 update, all of which led to better on-road control and ensured that in an emergency the car could be brought to a stop quicker and safer than before.

    Standard Equipment and Options for the Alfa Romeo 156

    Standard Equipment and Options for the Alfa Romeo 156

    The Alfa Romeo 156’s classic styling continues on the inside, where Alfa has fitted out a luxurious cabin for its occupants befitting of its class. It is well-constructed and does not compromise on materials the way many interiors tend to these days. Although the interior has an elegant, nostalgic feel, there is nothing yesteryear about the level of equipment. The 156 was kitted out with the latest technological advances cleverly incorporated into its dashboard, and all angled towards the driver vantage point.

    Instead of cloth seating the car is finished in soft Italian Memo leather upholstery as standard, and it comes with automatic air-conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control, CD player with six speakers, remote locking, rain sensitive wipers, and powered windows and mirrors.

    Later models after 2002 came fitted with ABS, electronic stability control, brake assist, and anti-slip regulation standard, with steering wheel controls and trip computer display as optional kit. The editions after 2003 came with extra trim levels, including all-over leather interior, bigger 17” alloys, and increased safety from an additional six airbags, creating a safety cell around those inside should an incident occur.

    Alfa Romeo 156' Competition

    Alfa Romeo 156's Competition

    The Alfa 156 rapidly re-established the Italian car’s marque in Australia, with the car making up 50% of the manufacturer’s sales. It is clear then why the company did not play around with the much-loved lines of the car, instead merely updating the cars performance and technology.

    To be successful in the luxury executive car market, you have to bring something special to the table, and the Alfa 156 ably competes with the big three executive cars, the Audi A5, BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class. It puts up a great presence, beating the rivals hands down, both inside and out, for looks and equipment levels. Its safety is easily comparable, but it falls a little shy in certain areas of performance and handling.

    Alfa Romeos always have a gorgeous, sexy persona, they are quirkily designed and fitted out with great attention to detail. With a levelling of the technological playing field and issues of reliability not as prevalent these days, Italian cars like the 156 are finding a bigger appreciative audience outside of their European heartland. The Alfa 156 definitely follows that sense of chic style and novel looks, and it is one to check out if you wish to join the ranks of the auto fashionistas.

    Specifications**

    General

    • Body Type: 4D Sedan
    • Country Of Origin: Italy
    • Compliance Plate Location: Driver Side Eng Bay
    • Release Date: 01/10/2004

    Dimensions & Weights

    • Vehicles Length: 4430 mm
    • Vehicle Width: 1745 mm
    • Vehicles Height: 1420 mm
    • Ground Clearance: 114 mm
    • Track Front: 1511 mm
    • Track Rear: 1498 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2595 mm
    • Turning Circle: 11.1 m
    • No of Doors: 4
    • No of Seats: 5
    • Kerb Weight: 1285 kg
    • Towing Capacity: 1300 kg
    • Towing Capacity Braked: 1300 kg
    • Towing Capacity Unbraked: 500 kg

    Engine & Performance

    • Engine Type: Multi Point F/Inj
    • Bore Stroke: 83x91
    • Cylinder Configuration: Inline 4
    • Cylinder Compression Ratio: 11.3
    • Engine Capacity CC: 1970 cc
    • Engine Capacity Litres: 2.0L
    • Power: 121kW @ 6400rpm
    • Torque: 206Nm @ 3250rpm
    • No. Of Valves: 16
    • Valve Gear: Variable Double Overhead Cam

    Fuel & Emissions

    • Fuel Consumption City: 8.5
    • Fuel Consumption Highway: 5.6
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 63 L
    • Fuel Type: Premium Unleaded Petrol

    Servicing & Warranty

    • Service KMs: 20000 km
    • Service Months: 12
    • Warranty KMs: 100000 km
    • Warranty Months: 36

    Transmission & Steering

    • Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive
    • Gear ratio: 3.563
    • Brake Front: Disc - Ventilated
    • Brake Rear: Disc
    • Rim Size: 7 in
    • Rim Width: 7 in
    • Suspension Front: Anti roll bar, Coil Spring, Double wishbone, Gas damper, Trailing arm
    • Suspension Rear: Anti roll bar, Coil Spring, Gas damper, MacPherson strut
    • Transmission type: 5 SP Auto Selespeed
    • Steering Mechanism: Rack & Pinion - Power Assisted
    • Tyre Front: 215/45 R17
    • Tyre Rear: 215/45 R17
    • Rim Size Front: 7x17 in
    • Rim Size Rear: 7x17 in

    Standard features**

    • Dual Front Airbag Package
    • Anti-lock Braking
    • Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
    • 17 Inch Alloy Wheels
    • Cruise Control
    • Central Locking Remote Control
    • Dynamic Stability Control
    • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
    • Fog Lights - Front
    • Head Airbags
    • Engine Immobiliser
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Leather Upholstery
    • Power Mirrors
    • Power Steering
    • Power Windows
    • Radio CD with 6 Speakers
    • Side Airbags
    • Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
    • Sport Seats
    • Trip Computer
    • Traction Control System

    Reviews**

    **These car model details represent the most recent manufactured version of the vehicle. Visit an individual listing page to see specifications specific to the vehicle model and year.

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