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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1.6
Engine size 1598
Victoria Grove Motor Company, Head office
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1910
Approved Motor Company
Midlife facelifts can be tough things for car manufacturers to carry off, especially when the car in question has already established a reputation as one of the best-looking models in its class. Such a quandary confronted Alfa Romeo when tasked with giving their 147 hatchback range a wash and brush up in 2005. By modern standards of automotive product planning, five years was a long time for this car to have been on sale with no major amendments and few thought the revisions would add up to much but the changes have been universally admired. Giving the 147 an even sharper, more distinctive appearance without uglifying the basic shape in any way, this is one of the most deft tweaks in recent memory. Small wonder that sales have been revitalised and low mileage examples are still hot ticket items in the used arena.
Although it's still an individualistic choice, a used 147 is no longer quite such an adventurous one. All the years of manufacture ironed out any niggling issues and the 147 is now a pretty well sorted car, the facelift giving it a decent wash of modernity too. The pick of the bunch is probably the 150bhp diesel, but other than the slightly overwhelmed 1.6-litre petrol engine, it's tough to make a bad choice. With a respectable amount of used stock to choose from, take your time and track down a car to be proud of.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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