Although it will take another month before the 159 will be at the Dutch Alfa Romeo dealerships a local Alfa specialist imported one himself from Italy.
And once I heard this news I decided to pay a visit to the Alfa specialist. After seeing her, I have mixed feelings about the 159. The front is really stunning and although an evolution of the 156, the lines and details are just right. Absolutely
Then I walked to the back of the car and it looks like the inspiration of the designer was gone. The end looks okay, but it is a mix of Audi with Seat rear light clusters. Nothing wrong about it actually, but nothing special either.
Next step: the interior. The pictures shown so far don't do the interior justice. We already know the design is far less special then the dash of the 156 and that shows on all the pictures. The thing we don't see on the pictures is the materials Alfa used. They have put the interior in another league. It looks and feels so much better then Audi and BMW interiors. Absolutely a great achievement from Alfa. The details are also very nice with beautifull edges around the instruments, the needles of the gauges pointing downwards when the ignition is off etcetera etcetera. The interior needs leather upholstery and stay away from the light grey interior.
Boot is bigger and has nice carpets in them.
Under the hood: can we close the hood before anyone else see it, please.
Wheels: in my opinion the 147 and 156 need at least 16", the GT needs 17" but the 159 really needs 18"
Overall: the 159 is a beautiful car but not an icon like the 156. If I was in the market for a new Alfa right now, I would probably buy a stock 156 (if the right one was still available) because I personally find design more important then improved build quality / more space. When the 156 is no longer available I would be happy to order a 159.