Have you seen the crash test for a 156 or 147 ...... I suspect it would have done no better.
I reality is that my car just doesn't get used so I will probably get a C1 off the company car list and my wife will use that to get the kids to school and park up at work, it will end up being her car. Will make her life easier with parking her current car near the school. My sister has a C1 and compared to the 156 it's a tin can but its a fantastic car for driving short distances. My wife has a C4 diesel that will be used for long distance driving, we tended to use that anyway, being a hatchback it was slightly more practical than the 156 and being a diesel was better on the fuel, having said that the Alfa 156 was always much nicer to drive imo.
I've had 4 x 156 (TS, JTD, GTA, JTS) 1 x 147 (TS) 2 x GTV (TS, V6) and have kind of done it to death. None of the current crop of Alfa cars really inspire me, the new Giulietta looks just like the Fiat Bravo to me but costs about twice the money. What might happen in the long run is that the C4 gets swapped out but I was considering swapping it out for a C4 Grand Picasso, loads of room for stuff.
Yes I have seen the footage. I don't think the 156 got a rating as it was too early but I'm sure it would be poor. My problem is the small car thing. If you were to hit a wall in the C1 at the same speed as the alfa I'm sure the alfa would come off slightly better due to increased crumple zone and the fact that it isn't made in China(have you seen their cars
). DOn't get me wrong the modern stuff is lightyears ahead these days and a modern car of the same size would destroy the 156/147 but it all boils down to physics. Force,mass and acceleration. For every action their is an equal and opposite reaction. And when mass is larger you know which object will come off worse. Still it is your choice
Could you not wait for a 5 door mito?
Anyhoooo on terms of the C4 I like them. Nice to look at, WRC heritage and a funky steering wheel that doesn't spin in the middle. Always been tempted by a C6
but I'd have to get rid of the alfa or bmw to have it so no
Can't see why you'd want a picasso mind. Espace/Vel satis is tre cooler if you do have to have one
Oh and ralf has you with the GT