tough one this, mainly because i feel i owe my 2.4 10v a huge amount of loyalty, being simply brilliant and singularly convincing me of just how good Diesel Power can be.
however, having driven the new car about 250 miles back on the motorways, the 1.9JTDm 16v certainly doesn't lack the out and out torque and shove of my 5cylinder, but it takes a few more revs to develop it i feel, but that could be being masked by the 6 speed box and taller final ratios.
if i used the gearbox agressively, and downed to fifth for a hard overtake, i'm confident it would probably just about out pull the 5 cyl, but theres something to be said for just putting your foot down in top cog and getting a good clean tug of acceleration too, so i'd rate them equally on the cruise and motorway type use.
as for in town use and buzzing around the back lanes, the 1.9 16v JTDm i have, certainly feels free'er to rev than the five cylinder i'm used too, and i quite like the 6 speed which other than a slightly short first gear, makes the car feel much livelier, and more like a well sorted 2.0ts than an oil burner!
in short, i like it a lot, i think it goes bloomin well for a 1.9 compared to 2.4, and lets not forget that my 2.4 although a 10v is modified and mapped, and in a saloon body, whilst the 1.9 16v JTDm is as far as i know stock, but in a Sportwagon body too,
which i think means the new car, my 1.9 16v JTDm Veloce Sportwagon, was definitley the right choice, for me personally at least, i'm very chuffed so far, and i think it will make a fab family car aswell as a little bit of a street sleeper!
they so are the best looking estate/crossover car on the road, bar none, bravo Alfa Romeo!
one thing very worth noting, is the difference i've already found between the two cars in the handling department.
my 2.4 saloon is a lusso, but my 1.9 Sportwagon is a veloce, and wether its the lack of the 2.4 lump of lard upfront, or the improved suspension of the veloce, or, dare i say it, the neutral balance and feel of the Sportwagon proportions and dimensions, but the Sportwagon would run rings round the saloon for body roll and turn stability.
my 2.4 has 40 profile 18" alloys, which improved outright grip and turn response no end, i cant complain, but the Sportwagon seems to do it all a little better, and with much less effort and very very little body roll, and the only mod i know of is a set of 17" alloys with 45 profiles tyres on.
if this is largely down to the lighter engine, and the veloce spec handling pack, then i'm even more chuffed with my choice of direction...
whats your opinions chaps?