Romeo 147 1.9 JTD
dates : 2nd October 2005
8th October 2005
a car the 147 has been for Alfa Romeo! Following the success
of the 156 in the late 1990s, the 147 went on to win the
countless international Car-of-the-Year titles.
It looked right, it handled and performed like an Alfa
should, and most importantly, it was well built.
But halfway through its life cycle, it was time to freshen
There’s an old adage in car design that form should follow
In the case of the taillights, the new ones could be more
visible, but as for that hatch-lid – what were they
We’re finally wrapping our brains around the concept of a
diesel-powered Alfa as a sports hatch. And the JTD test car
reinforced the idea that Rudolph Diesel was a man ahead of
The Alfa 147 has always imparted a fine sense of chassis
balance and strong driver feedback. And the good news is
that it just got better!
The revised suspension bushings and damping mean no
cool-drink spillage from Hendrik’s favourite piece of
equipment. And the whole car feels more solid. The new
diesel motor merely adds icing to the cake comprising
strength and refinement.
Being busy behind the wheel relates particularly to the gear
changes dictated by the short diesel powerband.
fact the second-generation JTD has a pleasing ability to rev
to around 5000 rpm, even though you’re past the power
peak. So there’s no irritating sharp drop off in power
past the red line.
Low-down torque below 2000 is acceptable even at reef
altitudes. And of course being Alfa Romeo, the engine –
diesel or not – has to look good too.
The basic cockpit layout has changed little, apart from
detailed changes to the instrumentation.
The front seats are snug – perhaps a bit too cosy for
large people – but the cabin has a surprisingly airy feel,
and passenger space for four or even five people is
The boot size, at 232 litres, is a little on the tight side.
Re-visiting the Alfa 147 in face-lifted form reminded us of
just how good the original award-winning car was.
We aren’t entirely convinced that the new extended nose
improves the overall styling balance, but Hendrik was
impressed with this diesel version of a car he knows so well
in petrol guise.
Alfa Romeo 147 1.9 JTD
Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 1 910cc
- Power: 110 kW @ 4
- Torque: 305 Nm @
2 000 rpm
Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 9,3
- Top speed: 200
- Fuel consumption:
7,0 litres/100 km (estimated)
- Price: R219 000
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