Thanks for the comments (special thanks to 147 Distinctive
The 147 we have ordered for my wife is a Selespeed Inca Blue with Tan Leather. Aussie 147 Sele's get BOSE as standard.
The ownership of the Peugeot 307 1.6 Auto was all of 10 Horrible months. The engine is WAY underpowered for the size. At 80kW, I thought it should handle hauling the biggish body around OK, but I was wrong. Once the car had some speed under the belt, it was OK, but at take off, it was just dangerous.
Why do I say it was dangerous?
Because you literally planted your foot on the accelerator, and had to wait for a good 2~2.5 sec's before the car could start getting any sort of momentum. In traffic lights, it was just annoying, but imagine if you are stuck behind a row of stationary cars in traffic, and want to dart to the next lane that is flowing... eek!
You have to plan any lane changes or turns, well in advance.
Also, the car has had numerous electrical problems, that the dealer just could not fix. Much like the stories of Alfa dealers I hear from UK.
In the end, our priority was to sell the car, and get my wife into a car that she liked.
I had the privelidge of driving the 307 for the last 2 months, as my wife blamed me for talking her into that piece of crap (too True). So the decision to buy another 147 Sele was not too difficult.
I have had over a year of trouble free and enjoyable driving with the 147. And to top it off, I have enjoyed the best experience of dealing with Alfa Romeo Service Centres. So all in all, the 147 Sele is a good option for us.
I tried to get her into a 156 Sportswagon, but the funds just wouldn't stretch that far.
Justin, I did consider giving my car to my wife and getting the 147 GTA, but the dealer gave me an indicated price of approx A$90,000 On Road, and that is way too rich for me.