An Alfa 156 driver won't be too surprised if he has the chance to get behind the wheel of an 159. Mostly because several interior parts seen on the predecessor are also available on the new model, such as the center console-mounted gauges angled towards the driver.
So, we didn't chicken out by the aggressive exterior styling and we jumped into the 159 to see what it had to offer. The seats are surprisingly comfortable, with Alfatex upholstery available as standard on the Distinctive equipment trim. In just a few words, Alfatex is some kind of combination of a cloth material with rubber insertions that's said to last for ages, without signs of wear and tear. Plus, it helps the passengers avoid freezing cold during harsh winters but might raise some problems in hot summers.
There are several aluminum inserts on the dashboard and the metallic cover used for the center console and around the stick shift looks and feel great. As expected since we're talking about the 156 successor, the center console gauges indicating fuel level, water temperature and turbo bar are angled towards the driver, which doesn't only contributes to ergonomics but also gives an unique touch to the car.
It's difficult to pick something apart when it comes to 159's interior, as all things seem to be in the right place except for the hazard lights button which is placed just near the handbrake lever, at the bottom of the center console.
The interior is spacious enough, even in the most extreme conditions, a two-meter person having enough space both on the driver's and on the rear seat. The trunk has a volume of 405 liters, which should be enough for most (leisure or not) activities, but the rear seats cannot be folded.Continue reading