|A sense of history (100 years Alfa)|
A car with a feminine name. It is the successor of the 147, but refers to the beginning of the Alfa-growth after the Second World War. See in theleft column several representatives with this famous name. In 1977, the
name will be revitalised for the start of the series transaxle.
The company is in the process to reflect not only their history but also to their virtues. That means for the compact class a body, which produces more surge of adrenaline compared with its main opponents. That was
already with the 147 so, despite the inelegant naming.
Now with this, one will hopefully - thank to Fiat - take a U-turn, that is the unfortunate weight gain (of the larger models) not fitting into the surrounding. At least through this for the whole concern obligatory platform, one
is competitive again.
As expected, feels it in fuel consumption, too. In doing so, the engines of the concern with its Multiair system have to offer quite news. In this case controls only one camshaft the exhaust valves directly, while the intake
valves are operated by a variable hydraulic cushion, quite comparable to BMW's fully variable valve timing.
|In series with control of vehicle dynamics|
The rest is quickly told. A only on the front seats easily accessible body with just different head space, but usual class luggage capacity, can be very pleasant to drive, winding country roads will be hurried through
easily and without ignoring the spring system completely.
|Strongest version with two-wheel drive.|
With 'Quadrifoglio Verde' there is a sporting version with 1.8-liter, turbocharged and 173 kW. It is without four-wheel drive, but with the other versions is the possible locking differential common. Then are at much
higher original price and consumption special driving performances possible.
|Sportive-economical Diesel engines|
|The noise a little getting used to.|
|Tough competition by e.g. BMW 1 series|