Re: Future 156 owner...maybe
I saw a comparrison of the 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 T sparks on the net somewhere.
they seemd to be pretty much line ball in weight and fuel consumption but the 2.0 had a decent bit more power,
I got the 2.0 but its not like the others are offered in Oz anyway.
Re GTV Vs 156,
I think the 156 looks better and it can fit 5 (squeeze you *******s) doubt the weight was much less but the insurance was heaps more for the GTV (ie +50%).
SO if you follow my advise you will get..... the same car as me, yay.
Also freeway driving lessens the inpact of larger engines, well traditionally anyway,
FYI an american 3.8L V6 used less on the freeway than my old same era Jap 2.0L V6. But double in the city and it was slower.
My advise get a single owner car, no one keeps a dog for 6 years.