I am currently driving a 159 2.2 JTS and love the car/engine but would like more power, preferably coupled with better economy (I get 29-31 mpg at present with 70% motorway driving). The word diesel seems to be the answer but I have never owned a diesel car before and feel apprehensive. I know this topic keeps creping up but would you recommend the 2.4 diesel over the 2.2 petrol?
You should take into account the followings:
1. I like reving the engine (my rev counter has regular meetings with 7000 rpm mark!). Is the 2.4 happy to rev to 5000 rpm?
2. I do not like the diesel rattle (understand this is not a problem with the 2.4).
3. Sporty handling is important (does this suffer with the 2.4?).
Your opinions would really be valuable here...Of course another option would be to wait for the turbo-charged 1.8.
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