Re: 156 v 147 handling
Having owned both a 2001 147 2.0 and a 2001 156 1.8, I feel qualified to comment....the 156 had the more comfortable ride (both cars had 16" wheels) but the 147 was more fun to throw around corners.
As such, which one was better to drive depended entirely on mood. If I wanted to drive quickly, the 147 always put more of a smile on my face. If I wanted to be more relaxed about things, the 156 would get my vote. I know sod-all about suspension, toe-in and camber angles, so I've no idea why that was.
We still have the 156, however, not the 147, so sub-consciously it's possible I preferred it overall.
"Nothing that has any meaning is easy. 'Easy' doesn't enter into grown-up life"