First drive: Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT

31 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on First drive: Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT
Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta a smart new dual-clutch automatic which not only makes for an drive but improves economy and It’s a compelling package, but the remains a relative obscurity in the populated compact hatchback

Key Facts

Pricing: Ј21,855

1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir

Transmission: Six-speed automatic, drive

Body style: hatchback

CO 2 emissions: 121g/km

economy: 54.3mpg

Top speed:

0-62mph: 7.7 seconds

Power: 170hp at 5,500rpm

250Nm at 2,500rpm

In the Metal:

and extrovert where others are and conservative the Giulietta is everything expect from an Alfa From the plunging grille and number plate to the mix of creases and the Giulietta is undeniably a good car.

That’s true too, with the traditionally instruments behind a heavily steering wheel all set in a pleasingly dashboard. Materials are decent if not up with the lofty standards of Golf, but it’s a smart environment. It’s missing a though, the TCT twin-clutch automatic a pair of paddles to the wheel and a conventional auto stick to the tunnel.

Driving it:

You can have your Giulietta with 170hp by either diesel or petrol So there’s 1.4-litre MultiAir or JTDM units. Obviously the comes with more and greater economy, but in either the TCT well.

Slipping between its ratios at the revs of the petrol engine it pleasingly sporting while in the it’s similarly seamless, if not at high engine speeds. over with the paddles you control to a point, though the are rather small and a bit of a reach the wheel. Alfa’s D.N.A. allows changes to the steering and response, but even set at its most the Giulietta lacks the sort of or enthusiasm of a Ford Focus.

Refinement is respectable in both the diesel naturally a bit more in the cabin at normal engine compared to the petrol unit, but and road noise is decently in each. What is remarkable are the in the cars’ handling. The diesel hugely adjustable in bends a very mobile rear while the petrol is doggedly to understeer.

A test track between zero and minus two – and the cars using tyre brands – have helped, but we’ve driven two all but identical cars that behave so differently.

What you get for your Money:

The TCT will only be offered on the upmarket Lusso and Veloce levels, which make up the of sales anyway. That mean a pretty comprehensive including dual-zone climate Bluetooth hands-free telephony and control as standard. Veloce leather upholstery and sports over the Lusso.

The TCT adds Ј1,350 to the list of either.

Worth Noting

and style aren’t the only in which the Alfa TCT appeals. the diesel and petrol engines low CO 2 emissions in comparison with rivals and their manual The 1.4 MultiAir’s 121g/km betters in its class, it even more when you factor in the 170hp

The diesel is similarly impressive, 119g/km CO 2 and 62.8mpg on the official cycle.

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