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Alfa Romeo 159 TI 2.4 JDT (2009)

by Barry Green,reviewed June 2009

It’s hard to be objective when road testing an Alfa Romeo.

Those swoopy curves and legendary badge can all too easily distract attention away from a less than perfect ride and ergonomics.

That entrancement continues with the 2009 version of the 159 model. Purists will appreciate that Alfa Romeo has left the Giugiaro-styled exterior well alone, instead concentrating on under-skin and interior changes.

Sportiest of the range is the Ti (Tourism International), which boasts suspension lowered by 20 mm over standard – engineered to provide sharper turn-in response and less body roll – and 19 inch alloy wheels with 235/40 low profile tyres.

Inside, the theme continues with a driver-focused cockpit of black leather with red highlighting. The dashboard is trimmed in burnished aluminium that has been darkened so as to show off the red-ringed instruments exclusive to the 159 Ti.

For the first time in Australia, the Ti is available with the car-maker’s most powerful turbo-diesel, the 2.4-litre, 154 kW, 400 Nm JTD.

Combined with optional Q-Tronic, six-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox, the JTD empowers the Ti with plenty of useful urge to complement its sporty chassis and provides a truly engaging drive. It can accelerate to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds.

However, all but the enthusiast could find the ride too harsh around town and on back roads. Tyre roar over coarse chip surfaces might also prove tiresome.

Alpha Romeo 159 TI 2.4 JTD 2009

For

Style, sporty character, safety

Against

Internal storage, tyre roar, ride

Key features

Sports suspension, 19 inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes with red-painted calipers, body kit, sports leather seats, rear parking sensors, chilled drinks holder, MP3 and bluetooth compatibility, rain-sensing wipers, auto on headlights, trip computer.

Safety

Seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control, seatbelts with load limiters and pretensioners (front).

Car Details

Vehicle make Alfa Romeo
Vehicle model 159 TI 2.4 JDT
Vehicle type Medium Over $50,000
Year 2009
Price when new $62,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.4 litre, 5-cyl, turbo-diesel
Max power 154 kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 400 Nm @ 2000 rpm
Economy ADR 7 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.