Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf review | evo

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf review | evo
Alfa Romeo Giulietta


evo road tests the Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf, with 232bhp turbo. A hot to rival Renaultsport Megane and GTI?

What is it?

Here is the top in the new Alfa Giulietta range, the Quadrofoglio Verde or Green It outpowers a Golf GTI, quite match a Mégane 250 and has an smaller than both. If you hoping for a replacement for the the old 3.2-litre, 147 GTA, you’ll be disappointed – but is the way of the world now.

Technical highlights

The engine is the direct-injection turbo unit seen in the 159 and Brera, which extremely variable valve to scavenge combustion chambers for low-speed torque and minimal lag. The new ‘Compact’ platform only the floor sections the 147, and the new suspension uses aluminium. The platform can take drive so expect a future SUV.

What’s it like to drive?

by criticism of the smaller Mito’s rubbery electric power the Giulietta has a new system with the on the rack instead of the column less friction; less The result is a much more steering feel and a welcome The standard-fit Q2 system functions as an differential to brake the inside wheel when understeer and it works well.

VDC (Alfa’s ESP) intervenes in the DNA system’s Normal mode, but not too The throttle response is pretty though.

Switch to Dynamic and a much better Giulietta. The sharpens so you can enjoy the hefty torque better and hear deep, crisp engine The steering weight rises but in a way, not by artificially increasing And the brakes change from to quite sharp, thanks to

Dynamic also loosens the a little before VDC intervenes, but is still not a car to be pointed keenly a bend on a trailing throttle and with a dab of power. It’s too and inert for that, which is a for an Alfa Romeo.

This is a GT than a proper hot hatchback, an heightened by the engine’s inability to 6250rpm, and a trick has been It does ride well, even on its shallow-sidewall 225/40 R18

How does it compare?

The Giulietta’s engineers rate the Audi A3 and think a Ford Focus which tells you a lot. The QV be a rival for that Golf GTI and 250 but it lacks their dynamic Instead it’s good A3 or BMW alternative, which is what Romeo wanted.

As far as the mainland market is concerned, Alfa is right.

Anything else I need to

Expect a price around but you might be better off saving a and going for the 168bhp 1.4 MultiAir, here. Why? Because lighter in the nose, keener to more playful on the throttle and more fun.

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