Obtain the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t worry about a stiff ride, though the SE remains relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be a good bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you get for the money. Finally, the SE can be obtained with a wide range of options, in order to pick and choose which ones are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs may be all of the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance. Coming off a redesign just a year ago, the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance is really a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with plenty of standard safety equipment and lots of options to decide on from.
As has been the case for some time, you will get the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance with a four-cylinder engine or a more powerful V6, or you will get the miserly New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance Hybrid. On the highway, the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance is comfortable and compliant. New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance also offers two sporty versions that infuse the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance with a little extra personality. Inside, the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose among the upper trim levels. There are plenty of options to select from along the way.
The New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance is as competent because they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content helps it be supremely simple to drive. If you’re searching for something with much more class and space than a small sedan, the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance might just be the sedan for you.
The New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance is the bottom trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features that features 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance Safety Sense, which is really a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the following rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a vehicle alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You are able to consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a number of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a more impressive 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Lots of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options include a sunroof, a JBL audio system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is simple to fold down to suit longer items. You will find enough cabin storage options to create many people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good but not stellar. The forward center console bin is great for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is just a decent size, and there are modest door pockets in the front and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The New Alfa Romeo 147 Performance features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles ensure it is easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s very easy to mount a vehicle seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough space so your front seat will not need to be scooted all the way forward.