i thought about a golf before i went for a 147. I've never looked back. You get alot more for your money with an Alfa than a VW, plus as you've rightly pointed out they do look good. I always have a smile on my face walking towards my car, dont think that would have happened with a golf!!!
That to me seems to be the great thing about Alfas - although they are a little expensive to run, every review I've ever read has said they have put a smile on their face. I don't really see how I can allow myself to buy something as dull, slow and common as a golf (not to mention from Volkswagen, the manufacturer of boredom), when for the same money I can get an attractive, fairly rare, well equipped and comparably powerful Alfa Romeo (quite probably my favourite car firm). Choice? There isn't one!