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Model
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2004. - 2011.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2008. - 2010.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4660 mm
1828 mm
1422 mm
445 liters
1235 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4765 mm
1811 mm
1486 mm
448 liters
1365 liters
66 liters
2004 Alfa Romeo 159 Sport Wagon
2008 Peugeot 407 SW

Engine

Alfa Romeo / General Motors
3.2 Busso V6 JTS
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
3179 cc
260 hp
322 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Peugeot / Renault
3.0 ES9 IA
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2946 cc
210 hp
285 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1565 kg
7.2 s
248 km/h
16.5 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
11.1 l/100km
262 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1655 kg
7.3 s
242 km/h
18.3 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
12.2 l/100km
288 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1615 kg
8.7 s
229 km/h
14.6 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
9.9 l/100km
236 g/km

Expenses

1700 EUR
Price from
2000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Alfa Romeo and front in the case of the Peugeot). The first one has a Alfa Romeo-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 260hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 210hp engine designed by Peugeot.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Peugeot is significantly less fault-prone, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Alfa Romeo with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Peugeot badge with 4.3 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 159 as average reliability-wise, and 407 is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Italian car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Alfa Romeo is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 248 kilometers per hour, 19km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the French car, averaging around 9.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (29 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to the Italian car.


Verdict

Peugeot appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the French car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Alfa Romeo being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Peugeot. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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