Last week we brought you the first drive of Alfa's new 159 flagship model, the 3.2-litre V6. Now, it is time for the entry-level 160bhp 1.9-litre JTS to take centre stage. This will be the most popular petrol choice with buyers in Britain.
When it comes to design flair, there are few cars in the compact hatchback market which rival the appeal of the Alfa Romeo 147. Flawed it may be, but the lithe Italian has always managed to win fans by placing style over substance.
The gloves are off in the premium hatch sector. Audi and BMW think they have it sewn up with the A3 and 1-Series respectively, but Alfa Romeo has now revised the 147 to join the bitter fight for sales.