Alfa Romeo 147
Ford Mondeo - 237 points
Toyota Prius - 229 points
Winner by a single point, the 147 impressed for its looks, a mix of retro and boldness with clear Alfa genes in its lines. Roadholding reminded its chassis derives from the 156. Alfa Romeo also offered a high-ever level of quality and a rich interior. Boot capacity and rear seat room got some criticizing. Initial range of 3-door body with three petrol engines and "Selespeed" gearbox gave soon place to 5-door derivatives (with dissimulated rear door handles) and an efficient Diesel JTD engine.
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