I had a 156 (1.9 JTDM 16v 140bhp) which I adored... replaced it with another identical 156 which I also adored... replaced it a month ago with a 159 (2.0 JTDM 170bhp). Main changes as I see them: The 156 was a SPORTS Saloon. The 159 is a Sports SALOON.
If you want to drive like a hooligan (which I kinda miss...) then stick with a 156, lighter, nippier, and on the engines stated, a lot more grunt and low torque. If you want something more adult, refined, cruising along then a 159 is great. It doesn't have the same low torque and delivers the power in a much more refined, smoother way... but once driving style is adjusted, you can still have a lot of fun on the twisty lanes and it will hold high motorway speed effortlessly - you get speed without the same sensation of speed though, so not as much fun and watch the licence!!
Oh, and I'd add that the MPG was miles better on the 156 (lighter car, even with the hooligan at the helm) but as my driving style adapts further to getting the best out of the 159 that may change... at the moment its about two thirds what the 156 was doing. It is however a very nice smooth ride and when you live in Cambridgeshire and have to collect your kids from Dorset at weekends (and drop them back!) it's so far a good car... just not sure if it's as MUCH fun as the 156, but it IS fun, and has other advantages. Maybe in my mid 40's my car is trying to make me grow up...
Last edited by 156Animal; 16-03-15 at 17:47.