I am in danger of coming over all Pud237 here
The first Ssangyong to these shores was a dreadful looking 4x4 called the Musson which was fitted with a Merc 3.2 litre CDI engine.
Max power was 220BHP
Torque was 307NM
0-60 a surprsingly rapid 8.5 seconds
I remember at the time they came out reading testers saying how surprisingly rapid they were.
As for 4x4s with big diesel engines in them - be wary when taking them on at the lights, they can often get ALL the power down in first and second due to having twice as many driven wheels. Sure the weight holds them back a bit but some of them are not as heavy as their size might imply.
How can you compare these two
One it a 1.8 turbo the other a 2.2 N/A
Audi also did the 1.8 turbo with either 175 or 185bhp, I forget which, but that would have been a bit closer in comparison. Turbo's do make cars feel faster than they are.
Fuel consumption not that bad for a 200bhp 2.4 car. Mid 30s is pretty good IMHO.
Its not though, not for the 21st century anyway. That is probably the biggest issue I take with the new generation of Alfas. Fuel economy is way worse than the competition. My mum's 200bhp, 2 ton (1885kg) E class estate with a 3.2 6-cylinder diesel averaged 36mpg driving down south this weekend and that was when pulling a caravan. Un-hitched it does 43mpg. Thats with a 5-speed auto as well.
When I went on the AO run out to Penrith my V6 averaged 27mpg, you'd be doing well to get that with a 2.2 JTS.
I'm absolutely positive there's something wrong with your Brera. I regularly trounce Golf TDI's and generally feel that the car is easily quick enough. It is all down to how you drive it though. My first diesel was my last car and it took me ages to get used to the gearing, but once I did and was able to anticipate gear changes properly, the thing flew!
I definitely do agree with you - as much as the Brera JTDm is not a sports car, its definitely not slow, it should reel a Golf TDi in without too much trouble.