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Alfa Romeo 147 (01 - 10)

The instantly recognisable 147 is a sleek, sporty looking hatchback that has all the Italian flair of its predecessors as well as an improved drive quality and excellent engines. Voted car of the year in 2001, it was a formidable competitor to the likes of Audi and BMW. It’s one of the best looking Alfas around, and still has the ability to turn heads. In terms of driving, it has a fair amount of understeer but that’s what makes it fun to drive; you feel a lot more involved. The interior is certainly an improvement on previous Alfas. It’s nicely designed and really comfortable. There’s plenty of room and a decent amount of leg room. It comes with a good sized boot, although it isn’t the biggest in class.

Look out for

•  The timing belt should be replaced every 36k miles so check when it is due

What we like

•  Really stylish interior; one of the best looking in its class

•  Multi-point injection system adds zest to the performance

•  The engine note is great and makes the drive enjoyable

•  It has an excellent 6-speed gearbox

What we don't like

•  The ride can be a bit on the firm side at times


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