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Al­faRomeo147

PRICE New$ 38,500 to $41,500 Used$ 6000-$23,000 for the Twin Spark, $6500-$25,000 for the Se­le­speed, $11,000-$27,000 for the GTA, $14,000-$25,500 for the JTD

EN­GINE 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol, 110kW/181Nm; 3.2-litreV6petrol, 184kW/300Nm; 2.0-litre turbo diesel, 110kW/305Nm

TRANS­MIS­SION Five-speed man­ual, five-speed Se­le­speed, six-speed man­ual, six-speed Se­le­speed

BODY Three-door or five-door hatch VARI­ANTS Twin Spark, Se­le­speed, GTA, JTD SAFETY Three-star ANCAP

ECON­OMY 7.2L/100km (Twin Spark), 7.8L/100km (Se­le­speed), 12.1L/100km (GTA), 5.9L/100km (JTD)

VER­DICT

Thor­oughly en­gag­ing car to drive — but best left to the be­liev­ers

PROS Sporty looks, smooth en­gine, diesel econ­omy, sharp han­dling, and fun to drive

CONS Three-star safety, ques­tion­able re­li­a­bil­ity, re­sale, hard ride

OTH­ERS TO CON­SIDER

MINICOOPERS2003-09 Cute retro-look hatch that doesn’t scream old-fash­ioned, but has the han­dling and agility that made the old car so great. Lacks space and com­fort. $11,500-$39,000.3.5 stars

VWGOLFGTI2001-09 Long the bench­mark for hot hatches, the GTI com­bines a spir­ited drive with a high stan­dard of re­fine­ment, com­fort, fit and fin­ish. Hard to beat in the class. $8500-$33,000.4stars

MAZDA3SP232004-09 Un­der­stated and un­der­rated, the hot Mazda3 is de­cep­tive. Ideal for those­who­like its quiet per­sona but ap­pre­ci­ate its siz­zle. $15,000-$25,500.

3.5 stars

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