The 156 Sportwagon model is a Estate car manufactured by Alfa Romeo, with 5 doors and - seats, sold new from year 2003 to 2005, and available after that as a used car. Rear Suspension : Trailing arm. It's brought the fun back into driving. Surrounded by metal, the rear window resembles a vintage television. For carrying wet gear ski boots or swimming costumes, Alfa genteelly suggests there's a reversible floor with a rubber waterproof section. Do not attempt to use it on the move.
So what, many will say. The rear seat cushions flip forward, revealing holes in their bases for storing the head restraints, then the backrests flop down to create a flat floor. Fold down the seats in a Falcon or Commodore wagon and you get about 2700 litres to play with. For stopping power, the 156 Sportwagon 1. The rear door is cut into the roof for a bigger opening and better access to the cargo bay. It's smooth at high rpm as compensation and delivers entertaining if not outstanding performance.
If this Alfa is a true station wagon then so is a Mazda 323 Astina. I want to make my car the fastest hothatch in its class. Despite the steering wheel being adjustable for reach and height, the perfect driving position is elusive. With a fuel consumption of 8. The style and shape of the Alfa were new but it doesn't come across, we believe, as something people would scratch in a shopping centre car park. And Alfa Romeo's much vaunted satin finish door handles don't impress. But when it came time to trade in Toni's Ford Taurus, they wanted something exciting yet practical.
But it's not quite a hatchback either. For every-occasion fun and serious speed, here are our favourite performance bargains that. A squeak-free body and dash improve the impression still further. You also get a built-in cargo blind, upper and lower built-in cargo barriers, a multiple-position cargo net, tie-down points, storage drawers and a ski-hole in the rear seats. A Prada handbag is not much use for camping, but more stylish than any rucksack ever made. This is less than the 1254 litres a Falcon wagon holds with its rear seats up.
Handling could also be described in these terms. . And the rear seats split-fold. The 156 Sportwagon is different from the sedan from the front doors back. We will take the specifications of faster production cars and improve our Alfa to beat there specifications. For every-occasion fun and serious speed, here are our favourite performance bargains that. But when she's not there I love the fun of driving a manual car again.
Poor driving position and bizarre control layout are part of the Alfa legend and the 156, although mostly logical, retains just a trace of these characteristics. Its garish appearance is at odds with the otherwise elegant cockpit and its controls are a profound mystery. And the Alfa is more like a fine piece of Italian luggage than a holdall. It also makes me think of the legendary 1950 Alfetta when I look at it. What are we going to do? The Alfa 156 Sportwagon was discontinued in 2005. I love the design and the fact that this was the last engine built by Alfa Romeo and the Catherine Zeta Jones commercial is still imprinted in my brain. This new model featured exactly the same components and exterior design as the initial Sportwagon, but had a higher ground clearance.
Rear seat room is adequate, although it is good to see all three rear seats get a lap-sash belt. Think of it as a load-carrying coupe which shares the qualities, flaws and character of the 156 sedan and you won't be disappointed. The Sportwagon impresses when you look at what it makes of its admittedly limited space. About chassis details responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride confort, the 156 Sportwagon has Double wishbones. One year later, the Alfa 156 Sportwagon was introduced with a Q4 configuration Alfa's designed all-wheel-drive benefiting from a 1. Basic equipment The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon 00-05. It's not without flaws in the cabin but these days you have to look to find them.
The small, stylish oval mirrors do not compensate for the large rear blind spots. All registered in England and Wales. This feels like a sportscar, but I can put a child car seat in the back. Moving off requires a little more attention than most cars to co-ordinate the peaky power delivery to the soft-feeling clutch. Its lines are too elegant for that.
Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon 1. Hello and welcome fellow automotive enthusiasts, My name is Dexter, I am an automotive engineer and my Alfisti adventures are going to begin soon. The front seats are comfortable if just a little flat in the cushions. They have a Ford Explorer for hauling furniture. There's only moderate grip, but steering and throttle response let you make the most of it.