Tell me people - am I going insane ... going back to Pizza after 2 years of solid German sausages that is ?
From Autocars' original road-test:
'Our test was blighted by incessant rain, hardly ideal conditions for a front-wheel-drive car with enormous torque, but despite this the 156 ripped to 60mph in 7.6 seconds. This is a mighty engine, one which puts its rivals in the shade: neither the 163bhp Audi A4 2.5TDi (8.9sec) or the BMW 320d (9.3sec) can live with that pace and their lower torque outputs mean it’s a similar story for in-gear acceleration. Here the JTD really hits its stride, storming from 40-80mph in fourth in just 8.7 seconds. Not only is that substantially quicker than the diesel competition, it also beats our favourite petrol-engined junior exec – the BMW 330i – over the same test by 3.5sec.'
O.K. that may have been those cars at that time, but I think the original character still shines through seven years on. Needs decent dampers and springs however..