Thinking of replacing my 2006 Golf GTi with an AR 159 so it seemed a good idea to look for feedback on this forum.
Being a high mileage commuter I was considering 2.4 JTDm for the power and economy. But seeing some of the comments on this forum, I don't think it would be any more economical than my Golf.
You owners quote 32-34 mpg, much thirstier than the official combined 41.5, which itself is not that economical. (I borrowed a BMW 330d for a couple of weeks and recorded over 45mpg. And the 320d official combined figure is 58.8, with 175 bhp.)
I also note that owners are not impressed with the way the 159 chews front tyres.
Despite all this, my heart still says Alfa 159, but my head says BMW 320d.
Perhaps I should wait until the 2.0 JTDm arrives. Remapped, it could be up to 200bhp.
Whatever I decide, I'm sure I'll enjoy coming back here for more enlightenment!