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2004. - 2011.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
4 x 4
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Wheel drive
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2004. - 2007.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
4 x 4

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Dimensons & Outlines

4660 mm
1828 mm
1422 mm
445 liters
1235 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4586 mm
1772 mm
1427 mm
442 liters
1184 liters
70 liters
2004 Alfa Romeo 159 Sport Wagon
2004 Audi A4 Avant

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
Volkswagen
3.2 FSI
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
3123 cc
256 hp
330 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
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1590 kg
6.6 s
250 km/h
15.5 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
10.7 l/100km
257 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
1585 kg
7.1 s
247 km/h
15.4 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
10.7 l/100km
257 g/km

Expenses

1700 EUR
Price from
2500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. 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 256hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Alfa Romeo being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Audi does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Alfa Romeo, as well as Audi, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 159 as average reliability-wise, and A4 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 4.8 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 10.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (26 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Audi 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 Italian car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Audi. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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