Review Alfa Romeo 147 Ti 3
European manufacturers are leading the way in offering diesel engine alternatives to their petrol models. And that certainly suggests one thing: diesel cars are no longer considered slow, noisy, black smoke, rough diamonds.
European cars are often known for their fun and driving performance, plus their safety. In Europe, diesel cars in many areas outsell their gasoline twins, which is the difference in fuel costs and huge profits achieved in the distance per liter with diesel engine. Few people realize that modern diesel engines have lower CO2 emissions than gasoline engines in the same car – in Alfa Romeo 147 about 25% more than diesel engines.
Diesel versions are offered in many, many models from children’s cars, to family cars, to large luxury cars; even sports cars and convertibles. This brings us back to the Alfa Romeo 147 in which I had time to enjoy the petrol engine model with the Ti package, making it a bit sportier, then moving straight to the diesel version.
To make the even harder option, both are priced at $ 39,990 in manual form.
The Alfa Romeo 147 manual starts at $ 35,990 but the Ti package adds $ 4,000 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, leather, rear spoiler, sports suspension and better brake pads.
Ti package is only available on three doors. The diesel is only available in five doors but looks like three doors thanks to the cleverly camouflaged rear door handle on the C-pillar. In another close parallel, the diesel and petrol engine each have 110kW capacity. However, when you first drive a diesel engine, one gets the impression that it does not work like gasoline. It is a matter of getting used to the motor characteristics. The diesel engine, of course, powered by its turbocharger, generates more torque and that translates into very good rolling acceleration.
Here are the figures of Alfa Romeo: 1970cc four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW at 6300 rpm and 181 Nm of peak torque at 3800 rpm. 1910cc four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 110kW at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 305 Nm at 2000 rpm. Both are front-wheel-drive hatchbacks.
Factory figures show 0-100km / h in 9.3 seconds in a five-speed petrol manual; But an even better second in diesel has the benefit of a six-speed manual.
A semi-automatic Selespeed gearbox is a $ 2000 option on petrol but the diesel engine only comes with instructions. Both manual transmissions change well with good clutch feel, though the fifth to sixth in the diesel end in the fourth gear too many times for me.
Ti with tighter suspension is the thing to drive on roads like go-karts when it eats tight corners and zigzag corners. Diesel engines make more sense in thick traffic when the fuel efficiency is actually tested and on the open road, where you can go to sixth gear and run on the smell of an oil rag.
Gasoline sits at 3200 rpm at 110km / h at the fifth gear and gets priority at over 3000 rpm for performance time. The diesel in its sixth gear needs a ball under 2000 rpm at 110km / h. Around town, it’s very happy with the fifth gear at 60km / h – at 1400rpm.
Alfa Romeo said the petrol version recorded a good 8.9 liters / 100km on the Australian fuel test and the diesel engine is a fantastic 5.9 liters / 100km. Our drive in the diesel, including a little twisty hill road, gives 6.1 liters / 100km.
Alfa Romeo 147 is a small car (slightly inside Astra in size) and therefore very easy to park. It has a tight boot space. But it is well equipped with ABS, stability control is called VDC and traction control is called ASR, automatic two-zone climate control, airbags and side curtain are side by side cruise control. Not bad for 40 thousand
So the answer is $ 40,000: It’s the 147 petrol Ti for life on zigzag roads with no traffic and diesel engines (if you don’t remember manual) and country roads.