I was reading last weeks copy of Autocar and saw they had pointed out a 159 in the classified section, I thought they’d be saying what a great 2nd hand purchase it was but naturally they had to roll out the old chestnut 1st…..
“Like so many Alfas the 159 never quite lived up to it’s potential” – well autocar what exactly were you after for £20K….maybe a car that did the housework after cleaning itself and doubling up as a luxury home, or even bathing and putting the kids to bed on a night before making the tea.
It really grates me the b0ll0x these lazy journalists churn out year after year…has he even driven a 159 or experienced the admiring glances from ‘dullsville’ owners who played it safe with the latest anonymous offering from Germany when really they wanted something with some kerb appeal
At the same time I got my stunning 159ti my Dad picked up an ‘adored by autocar’ Mondeo with all the bells and whistles on for similar money. Recently he took us to the airport in it and it felt bland, it wasn’t bad at anything and competent at most but just felt ordinary…great if you crunch 50K miles a year up and down this country’s overcrowded motorways (and that's your only criteria for car ownership) but it didn’t give any feel of purpose or occasion it was just good at getting you from A to B. Outside it’s no munter but not Angelina Jolie either, inside it reminded me of a Matsui Hi-Fi from Dixons in the 80’s…cheap plastics and bright lights everywhere…..but then this is what Autocar probably like, they don’t appreciate subtle, crafted Italian styling…..they’d rather step out in a shell suit than an Armani finest Italian suit.
So Autocar next time you throw us the oh so obvious line about Alfa not fulfilling it’s potential, please state what that actually translates to as my potential and yours seem a million miles apart….you enjoy your shell suit and trainers, I’ll stick with my Armani suit and brogues thank you very much.
I really do wonder at times if these journalists are on ‘bungs’ from the big manufacturers….