After 8 years of pleasure I finally had to admit that getting 16 mpg was not a great idea, and that maybe I had to go to the dark side and (shudder) get a diesel.
In addition, with two children maybe I needed an estate… So a diesel estate. Ouch.
After much searching and consideration, there was only one option, and only one engine that would deliver on the mix of praticality, looks and performance that I wanted.
So I got this.
For those who care it’s an Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon with a 2.4 5 cylinder diesel engine. I wanted a “Ti” model rather than a “Lusso” but they just aren’t available at all in the spec I wanted so this one was the right compromise.
Had it five days so far, and it’s pretty damn great. It benefits from xenon headlights, whizzy touch screen bluetooth goodness, plus cruise control, plus it’s comfy, has the same BHP and torque as my V8, gets 40 mpg, looks amazing, and finally the climate control actually works unlike my previous three cars!
So basically I like it a lot.