The 159 is as close to a risk-free used Alfa buy as it's possible to get. Beefy build quality, a great range of engines, decent used stock availability and razor sharp styling make this a decent left field pick. An optioned-up 1.9-litre diesel in Lusso trim is the wise move.
Buying a used Alfa Romeo used to be an eventful experience. Many people tried it once and then moved on to less risky activities like BASE jumping, recreational Russian roulette or holidays in Gaza. A lot has changed since then. Alfa has pulled its socks up and the results are apparent in improving independent customer satisfaction surveys. The product range is smartening up its act as well, after a period when it was rather lacklustre. The cars that really started this upswing were the 147 and 156 and the 156's replacement, the 159, is bigger, more solidly built and even better looking. It's possibly the safest used pick of any Alfa.