2006 Alfa Romeo 147 Ti JTD from Switzerland
Great little hatch with matching looks, and performance that is affordable to run
HID headlights flicker. Strange, but you can see the headlights flicker on occasion from one brightness to another. The headlight failure warning turned on, need to get it checked. Wondering if this happened to any one else who got the 147 fitted with HID's?
I wanted a car that had some kick in it, but upon my arrival to Europe was shocked at the petrol prices. Never would have imagined getting a diesel, having had a turbo inline 6 before, but after test driving one I was pleased with the way they give a nice shove. You don’t need to rev to the high heavens to get power. Think of it as a mini V8 without that nice V8 growl. Diesel also meant going hard without any of that guilt that slowly creeps in when driving thirsty engines.
Looked at a VW Golf, BMW 120d, Civic, and Astra. Found the Golf and BMW to be way too expensive once you add a few minor options. The Civic diesel was not the punchiest, and the Astra seemed to lack that European classy look (same engine as Alfa).
The dealer also offered to Tune the engine to around 190bhp with warranty cover after the first service at 20k. Must say the increase from 150 to 190 is very very nice. 0-100 from 8.2 to 7 flat. On the highway you can go up to 180 in 5th, with plenty left for 6th. The turbo sounds great when spooling.
The interior has two sides. Design and quality of material used is fantastic. This is the only hatch I sat in that left an immediate impression of wow, due to the combination of design, layout and material. The downside is the size. It is narrow; wish the car was 2-3cm wider to avoid looking like I’m trying to feel my passengers' leg when going in reverse. The back seat space is decent enough as is the roof height. If you get the 3 door, the front doors are huge. Keep an eye on your passengers or they will be accidentally beating the neighboring car, wall, pole, etc with the door in no time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th March, 2007