Alfa Romeo 145 Hatchback 1994-2001

Alfa Romeo 145 Hatchback 1994-2001

Review by Creditplus
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Unique Styling
  • Throaty and reliable engines
  • Sharp handling with fun and responsive steering
  • Cut away dashboard design will grab your attention

Cons:

  • Some may dislike the interior
  • Use of lower quality materials to build the car
  • Poor turning circle

Overview

Alfa Romeo introduced the 145 (94-01) hatchback amongst extensive competition in the hatchback market. Alfa wanted to target dedicated Alfa Romeo enthusiasts to gain more market share. It is an ideal choice for those who want to live with a lively engine and excellent Italian styling.

Exterior and Interior

The interiors are also not that pleasant compared to other hatchback cars of the same class with the positioning of the driver's seat set quite high along with fiddly controls on a slightly dull dashboard. Although there is ample leg room in the front, space for passengers in the rear is cramped compared to a 146 hatchback from the same series. The back of the car has a stretchy cover for luggage and enough space for a large pushchair or your weekly shop. On a positive note the 145 has a responsive 16-valve twin spark engine with a lot of energy and an upbeat gear changing system.

Performance and Economy

Recent versions of the car have got better with several modifications to the engines, styling and chassis. The 1.8 TS engine is enough to excite anyone, and it is a smart choice to go for. The steering on the 145 Hatchback is also much more responsive than some previous versions of the car. If performance is the primary area of concern then there is always a hot hatch 2.0-litre engine.

Like to Drive

This car doesn't quite capture the magic that Alfa has created so many times before. Having said that it isn't a bad car and some of the engine choices are fun and very nice sounding. This car is likely to come down to personal taste. It is a fun car to drive although it won't keep you excited forever.

Faults and Repairs

The Alfa Romeo 145 is vulnerable to worn suspension bushes and smoky engines. As a new owner of the car, one should always be ready to replace the suspension as it could fail at any point. Whenever the driver and the passengers start hearing a creaking or the odd groan, then this is certainly a notification for the owner to be prepared to spending money on repairing the suspension. The 145 has never stood out of the crowd and often averages a score of 3 out of 5 in many customer surveys. One should always expect high bills for any repairs especially if your work is getting carried out by a franchised dealer.