7th Sep 2007, 10:59

An Alfa 156 is not a nice looking car; it's dull and the side profile is featureless.

The reason nobody complements me on my TT is because they all know I'm doing well for my age (21), and I get looked upon with jealousy, and anyone that knows me wouldn't say anything because they know it would only polish my already very shiny ego.

If you had the money, you would take a TT over an Alfa 156. It's miles faster, better looking with a fantastic four wheel drive system. Alfas can only go in straight lines; their front wheel drive systems were probably set up by cave men, and they have worse handling than a Vauxhall Vectra.

Ferraris and lambos are rare because not many people can afford them. Alfas are rare because nobody wants them.

The TT costs more than the 156, but you see more TT's, and it's because they are superior in every single way.

24th Sep 2007, 11:04

I agree, why would you try and argue that a TT is a better car than an Integra type R? Seriously, new or not the TT is still no where near the car the Honda is. The Honda is critically acclaimed, and I would much rather get the respect and nods than little kids going 'oooooo'. The Integra would do almost any track with faster lap times than the TT and once the initial traction of the TT is over the integra would be laughing.

27th Sep 2007, 14:32

Before quoting Clarkson verbatim, get your facts straight.

The 'Teg's a nice car, and if you really do own one, congratulations. However, the 156 is a far better handling car than the TT, four wheel drive or not. The TT is about as dynamically accomplished as the soggy mkIV Golf it's based on.

9th Aug 2008, 15:31

As the Top Gear guys say" you must own an Alfa at some point in your life" I am about to buy a 156, we'll see how good it is! If it's no good then hey hoo we'll put that down to experience. It does look good though.

1st Jan 2009, 13:36

I feel sorry for the Integra and TT owners who have commented on this review. It would seem that they "doth protest too much" about the 156 - particularly amusing given that they have both admitted to not having owned an Alfa. I am on my first Alfa at the moment, it is my 21 st car. I have owned various Japanese and German cars and each has their own appeal. However the Alfa is the first car to prompt cliches to utter from my mouth every time I drive it - all of which are positive. Given the tone of the aforementioned negative reviewers I would imagine that they, like many Honda and Audi owners tend to deceive themselves on anumber of fronts, not least of which is the inevitability that they will have a fault with their car. Alfa owners, I believe, tend to be somewhat more pragmatic, realistic and honest on the topic of their car's reliability. My last thought is this, I live in a town of approximately 50,000 people. I have only seen 2 other Alfa 156 sportwagons during that time - Integra's, TT's on the other hand...