Make / Model Search

Car reviews - Alfa Romeo - 159 - sedan range


Alfa Romeo's 156 medium sedan makes way for a thoroughly accomplished 159 successor

2 Jun 2006

AFTER seven years in Australia, Alfa’s 156 bows out of the market and makes way for the all-new 159. Because it succeeds a car that played a big role in re-establishing Alfa Romeo in Australia, the larger, heavier new car has a task ahead of it. Fortunately, with its thoroughly competitive pricing, bigger interior and new engines that don’t compromise the Alfa ideal, it appears the 159 could just do the job. The five-cylinder JTD turbo-diesel is powerful and economical the 2.2-litre JTS petrol surprisingly smooth and responsive. Only some skittishness in rough-road handling spoils an otherwise very positive experience.
Model release date: 1 June 2006 to 1 June 2012

Previous model

Alfa Romeo 156

Released: February 1999
Ended: May 2006
Family Tree: 159

The Alfa Romeo 156 was championed in its early days as a benchmark-setter in the search for light, responsive and balanced front-drive handling. It also delivered a pretty decent turn of performance with its DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engines and a slightly-less-than-hoped-for 2.5-litre V6, but the Selespeed sequential manual transmission didn’t win many friends. And the 156’s handling became less impressive over the years as the competition lifted its game. It launched here in 2.0-litre Twin Spark and 2.5-litre V6 sedan guises in early 1999 and was joined by the Sportwagon version in August 2000, before the 184kW GTA version arrived in August 2002 - the same time a facelifted 156 lobbed with revised 2.0-litre JTS power.

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

GoAuto can help you buy a new 159

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here