First Drive: Alfa Romeo Giulietta

20 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First Drive: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
First Drive | Turin, | Alfa Romeo Giulietta |

The was quick and simple: just the VW During the press conference for the of the Giulietta someone asked Wester, CEO of Alfa Romeo, cars he considered to be rivals to the new hatchback. His response shouldn’t as a surprise; image, quality and competence aside, the Golf is one of the hatches in Europe.

To truly in this crucial marketplace the has to compare favourably to it, while Ford’s Focus as the dynamic

In the Metal

Some might say Alfa Romeo’s designers it easy. There’s a rich heritage to draw on, symbolised by the shield grille, while no seems too sharp or curve too to make it into production. The could only be Italian, and a very good thing. the use of the historic nameplate, the new car shares aesthetically with its forebears.

The and detailing is bang up to date, a that is underlined by the utilisation of LED front and rear, the back in particular a triumph with unique spiral design.

At first glance you may think the Giulietta is a three-door hatch, but as most modern Alfas the to the rear doors are subtly up high at the back of the door. Romeo reckons it won’t a separate three-door model for reason. We’ve reserved a for appearance until we see how it looks in its basic format on its smallest

Inside, the style is a little retro, with a big silver knob and toggle-like switches on the grabbing your attention. The itself is made from a plastic that is far nicer to than it has any right to be. Indeed, surfaces that fall to are made of solid, tactile

There’s plenty of space too to overall dimensions that between the Golf and Focus, rear passengers are accommodated despite the sloping roofline.

you get for your Money

At the time of writing it’s not clear what you will get if you your money on a new Giulietta. it arrives in right-hand drive this July prices start from Ј17,000 in the UK and in Ireland. What is certain is Alfa Romeo will fit Giulietta it makes with a arsenal of active and passive systems in a bid to achieve the highest it can in the Euro NCAP safety

Five engines will be initially, all turbocharged. A pair of petrol units with and the clever MultiAir inlet timing system deliver 152lb.ft and 168bhp, 184lb.ft Diesel options are a 1.6-litre unit producing 103bhp and or a 2.0-litre unit boasting and 258lb.ft.

Topping off the range is a Cloverleaf model, which deal with in Worth below.

Driving it

To be a serious in this segment the Giulietta confidently manage the balancing act long distant comfort and ability. VW’s latest is adept at this, though the Focus is still acknowledged as the car to dynamically.

Between our base for the day and the motorway are a few miles of open, smooth sharply punctuated by a variety of corners. Although this is our time driving the Giulietta, it feels good, flowing the road rather than against it, while remaining and stable during heavy More than that, it the driver from the off, a little throttle adjustment mid

Really enthusiastic driving in the is accompanied by the persistent intervention of the myriad safety systems. they’re quick-acting and they detract from the experience too – from the perspective of a driver. The majority of buyers probably only ever electronic assistance when need it.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The D.N.A. switch is over from the MiTo. so the can choose Dynamic, Normal or modes. How far these modes is dependant on the model, but in most it at alters the throttle map and power assistance. It also activates the Q2 ‘differential’ – which the brakes to a spinning wheel and will alter the gearchange in the dual-clutch automatic gearbox it arrives in 2011).

We hit the motorway next, already The Giulietta deals with the route well, giving the confidence to maintain high Admittedly, at the sort of speeds often seen on mainland there is a pronounced increase in the noise coming from the and door mirrors, but for the most the occupants are well insulated the outside world.

Under conditions the engines are nicely as they are around town. we leave the motorway behind in for some twisty hill it’s time to really the Giulietta’s mettle. Holding the selector towards D brings a new to the instruments to show turbo while the sharper throttle and steering are instantly noticeable.

We 2.0-litre diesel and 1.4-litre models back-to-back on the same piece of road. Similarities weighty steering with enough feedback, masses of grip, a slick and smooth and impressive low- to mid-range While these engines a 168bhp power output, the diesel has significantly more at its disposal. That’s just as as the power band is narrow.

The gearing is distinctly high no doubt in the search for those mpg. This 2.0-litre is probably the best all-rounder of the line-up, though we have yet to try the 1.6-litre, which boasts a 114g/km CO 2 figure.


Sitting atop the Giulietta is the Cloverleaf. It’s a standalone with its own specification and it’s the version to feature Alfa’s 1750 engine under the On paper it sounds like a watering prospect.

Maximum output is 232bhp at 5,500rpm, compares favourably to the likes of the ST and Golf GTI. and if you choose mode there’s up to 236lb.ft of on tap at just 1,900rpm. Our drive in the car was and limited to a wide smooth so we’ll reserve final until driving it back but there’s certainly more to the Cloverleaf. If nothing else it the part thanks to large a subtle body kit and a lower

It’s also well


This isn’t the time a new Alfa Romeo has on the scene proclaiming to be the best since sliced ciabatta. In the a first drive such as might finish with the that our hearts long for the lines of the Alfa, but our head us go for the more competent alternatives. no longer the case.

We’re not that the new Giulietta is clearly than its targeted adversaries, but certainly good enough to be about in the same sentence.

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