Newbie - may be potential 159 owner
Hi all, just joined to get some owners opinions of the 159 instead of the relying on general internet reviews.
I'm due to get a company car in January and the benchmark is a BMW 318D ES....I don't like BMWs! Down side is the lease company gets a really good deal on BMWs so in reality the budget isn't that great (about £20k purchase price). I do have the option to get a pre-registered vehicle, max 1 year old and 10k miles, but it must be from a franchised dealer.
So, looking at alternative marques, I've looked at Audi A4/5, Merc C class but the specs aren't that great for my budget. Also looked at Volvo but I've had one before and don't fancy another.
Surfing this afternoon I noticed the 159 shown as a suggested contender in this market, even Mr Clarkson seemed to favour it over the 3 series BMW!
So, a couple of hours research later, I've become rather smitten by the 159 2.0 JTDM TI (170bhp). The spec looks pretty impressive and I spotted a couple that are within the 'rules' at a smidging under £20k.
So, anyone fancy giving me an overview of their experiences, anything I should know that will drag me further away from the BMW/Merc/Audi offers or alternatively any reasons why the German options might be better?