The car is packed with a multitude of systems integrated to enhance performance, cut fuel consumption or increase safety, but the test model also benefited from several features placed on the options list.
First of all, there's the Bose audio system, offered as an option and priced at 700 Euros. It comes with support for MP3 files, but that's basically all you can do: listen to radio stations or insert your very own MP3 CDs.
Although the Bose quality is undeniable, the audio system does not support an auxiliary source, such as an MP3 player or iPod. It consists of a ten high-performance speakers, as it follows: one 80mm neodymium mid-range speaker in the middle of the instrument panel, two 25mm tweeters in the instrument panel, two 165mm neodymium low/mid-range speakers in the front doors, two 25mm tweeters in the rear doors, two 165mm neodymium low/mid-range speakers in the rear doors, one 255mm PowerND woofer with integrated amplifier in the rear shelf.
Furthermore, the USB port included in the Blue&Me system supports playback of additional multimedia files stored on a regular USB pen-drive.
And speaking of Blue&Me, the car also features the system available on several other Fiat and Alfa Romeo, such as Bravo or MiTo. As we're sure you know, Blue&Me is an infotainment system that can be used for either connecting your Bluetooth or USB-compatible device to the car or access the EcoDrive function that collects data and gives advices for a more economical driving style.
Leaving all these audio functions aside, the Alfa 159 features cruise control, automatic climate control with three zones, on-board computer, VDC and ASR, HBA and Hill Holder, ABS and EBD plus armrest with refrigerated storage.
Last but not least, the tested model came with parking sensors, plus the Visibility Pack available on the Distinctive equipment grade that adds rain sensors, light sensors, defrosting sensors, odour sensors and electro-chromatic interior mirror.Continue reading