We at PH like most things that originate from Italy, have a great sounding engine and - this is crucial - are inexpensive to buy. So imagine our reaction when we found this rare Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon in top-of-the-range Q4 V6 guise. Well, it had us asking management if we could claim it as an expense. Unfortunately, they said no, so we've written this Spotted instead in the hopes that one of you kind readers will buy it and then kindly donate it to us. Did we not say how handsome you're looking today...
So, the 159 Sportwagon. Has there been a better-looking estate? True, the boot is hardly capacious, but then fitting a bigger one would have spoilt its pert rear end. Then there's the front, which is suitably aggressive, and the detailing within the thin chrome grill and six hooded headlamps is exquisite.
Also of excellence up front is the 3.2-litre V6 that's in this one. While many 159s were lumbered with a 1.9-litre diesel for economy reasons, this example is apparently an ex-Fiat UK car, so not only has it got a stonking great V6 but also four-wheel drive. Seeing as Alfa was still focusing on front-wheel drive, this is perhaps a good thing given the torque of a lusty bent six. Just gloss over the weight penalty it brings...
Inside, the interior is both attractive and beautifully simple to use thanks to big chunky buttons and a lack of iDrive/infotainment weirdness. Alfa did have a touchscreen sat nav as an option but, fortunately, this 159 doesn't have one. It'd be terribly outdated today, anyway. Instead, enjoy the black leather interior, aluminium trim and the fuel, water and temperature gauges in stylish sunken pods.
It hasn't even done very many miles either, although, with a low-20s thirst for unleaded, anyone would think twice about taking it out. But, the big elephant in the room is the yearly VED rate. For high polluting cars like this V6 Alfa, it's best to go for one registered before the March 23rd 2006. This is because instead of paying £555 at current prices, you'll have to spend just £315 every year. This one was registered in May. Ouch.
However, you could choose to look at the low £3,500 asking price as a way of compensating for the potentially high running costs. And the seller seems to be an upstanding member of society. Firstly, they bought a V6 Alfa in the first place. Secondly, they listen to Radio 4, and lastly, they're only getting rid of this 159 because a new Giulia is on the way. That's dedication to the cause right there.
So, do the decent thing and buy this Alfa and, if you don't fancy the running costs, we'll look after it for you, we promise.
SPECIFICATION: ALFA ROMEO 159 SPORTWAGON Q4 V6
Engine: 3,195cc, six-cylinder, N/A
Transmission: 6-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Torque(lb ft): 238@4,500rpm
First registered: 2006
Recorded mileage: 64,000 miles
Price new: £31,395
Yours for: £3,500
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