2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review | Expert and user reviews | carwow.co.uk

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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Good looks


Some very fast engines

No experts truly love it

Cramped back seats

Limited rear visibility

The Giulietta reviews are mainly positive, it’s another stylish hatchback from Alfa Romeo. Quite a few testers are impressed with the Giuletta, with one tester declaring it to be ‘the best Alfa for 25 years’. However, despite its obvious merits and plus-points, there are a few areas where it’s not quite up to there with the best in the class.


Much like its exterior, the design of the Giulietta’s cabin is equally as stylish, with a dashboard that resembles those on classic sports cars. However, it’s not all just for show, as it’s all screwed together well with good quality materials, though critics say there are some cheap plastics here and there.

The boot space is also an area where the Alfa excels, as it’s now a similar size to the VW Golf’s, despite the swoopy roofline. However, there isn’t a huge amount of space for passengers in the rear and a few testers didn’t like how the cramped footwell meant that there was nowhere to put your left foot. The restricted rear visibility was also a problem that was regularly reported on.


The Alfa Romeo engineers benchmarked the Giulietta against the Audi A3 and VW Golf, so it’s no surprise that the critics reckon it has quite a grown-up and mature feel to it. Compared to its predecessors, the Giulietta is considerably more competent in a wide range of road conditions, with impressive ride quality (even on the sportier Veloce and Cloverleaf models), decent handling and fairly good refinement, though there were some critics who thought the diesel models were a bit noisy.

There were a few other problems that the testers had with the Giulietta, especially regarding its handling characteristics. Many thought it was a fun car to drive, but wasn’t quite as engaging as its arch rivals from Volkswagen and Ford. On a more subjective note, some testers even thought that the more mature characteristics of the Giulietta robbed it of some of the ‘sparkle’ that you associate with an Alfa.

There were quite a few complaints regarding the ‘DNA’ switch, which alters the throttle and steering response. In ‘Dynamic’ mode, testers weren’t that fond of the heavier steering that comes with it. That problem is rectified in the other two settings – ‘Normal’ and ‘All-Weather’ – but means the throttle isn’t quite as sharp as it is in the sporty setting.

Basically, there doesn’t appear to be a good compromise between the different modes.


There are a wide range of petrol and diesel engines on offer, and they all seem to get good reviews. The diesels have decent performance and are low to tax, but some critics thought they were a bit noisy and many found it difficult to match the claimed fuel economy figures, especially in the 140hp model. The petrols are also fairly impressive, with the new MultiAir engines offering very good power and performance alongside very commendable fuel economy.

However, the petrol units do have their downsides. The least powerful is slower and more expensive to run than the similarly sized MultiAir engine, and quite a few weren’t that awestruck over the meaty motor in the Cloverleaf model. Overall, the one the testers were most satisfied with was the 1.4 TB engine, as it offers a nice blend of performance and efficiency.

Value for money

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Giulietta is one of the more expensive cars in its class, but it is competitively priced when compared with its premium rivals. It also comes with a good amount of equipment – all models get climate control, an electronic differential and, apart from the Cloverleaf model, stop/start as standard.

It’s also quite cheap to run, and the low tax for the diesel models makes them good fleet cars. However, the Giulietta isn’t expected to hold its value that well, there are worries as to how fast the Giulietta will depreciate compared to more mainstream rivals.

Worth noting

The automatic gearbox for this car, the ‘TCT’, went down fairly well with the critics. It shifts smoothly, is easy and intuitive to use and, according to the official figures, improves fuel economy. However, it’s not available on all the cars in the range, and it is quite a pricy optional extra (around £1,350) so only choose it if you think it’s worth the financial outlay.


The general view is that the Giulietta is a very good all-round car. When compared with its predecessor, the 147, there’s more space, it’s more refined and the Giulietta is generally better to drive. The claims of it being the best Alfa in over twenty years are certainly valid!

However, there are some niggles that spoil the package somewhat – rear practicality and visibility is compromised slightly, it’s not quite as fun to drive as its rivals and the diesels are fairly noisy. They’re not deal breakers, but the shortcomings are highlighted when you compare the Alfa to its less compromised competitors.

Overall, the Giulietta is a stylish and very desirable family hatchback that does quite a few things very well indeed. It’s not quite as complete or as well-judged as its main rivals, but the Alfa’s character and charm certainly do give the Giulietta a distinct USP.

Key Details

Price range: £18,235 – £27,380 MPG: 44 – 70 Safety rating (NCAP): Date released: 2010 Replacement due: Not for a long time Model history: The TCT auto-gearbox was available as an option from Nov-11. The Sportiva trim was added for the 2013 model year cars. Engine to go for: The 1.4 TB gets the best reviews, the experts all agree it’s a nice engine that’s both fun and sensible! Engine to avoid: The 2.0 JTDM 140.

The reviews couldn’t match the claimed fuel economy. Options to go for: The double-sunroof option make the cabin nice and light Engine naming: JTDM engines are diesel, TB and TBi are petrol Other: Thinking of a Giulietta? Why not read our review to help you decide? Read Alfa Romeo Giulietta reviews

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