Review: 2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0-liter Turbo Diesel | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Alfa Giulietta 2.0-liter Turbo

We decided to take a family this summer in Italy, in Florence and driving into Tuscany to spend a mellow in a rental villa near friends. I reserved a “Ford or equivalent” with Hertz after a thoroughly unpleasant in the queue (“not exactly” they handed me the keys to an Romeo Giulietta with a transmission, two liter turbo Forza Italia!

I now had one week the sort of car that American readers often like to about their inability to buy at

First up, the snout. To my American modern Alfa Romeo are very striking. You’ll not them for anything else#8230; at if you’re looking from the That upside-down-triangle grill is and proud.

While the earlier 159 accompanied it with a thin bar that gave the resulting car an sharp, purposeful appeal, the softens the grill with headlights and front fascia. than one native Italian we met positive note of the car.

Enough about styling. How practicality? The hatchback is big. not as deep as the trunk in our Acura TL but usefully taller, and definitely has usable space than a VW All our bags fit comfortably back with room to spare.

of the little details of the Alfa are to what you might find in a switchblade key, comfortable seats with limited adjustments, baseball-sized shift etc. Still, the Italians help themselves with over substance. My daughter, 7 old, had to reach up as high as she to open the back door, they moved the handle up to the C-pillar. My wife, five tall, had trouble reaching up to the hatch when it was open.

As the I appreciated the tilt and telescoping I didn’t appreciate that the was in tiny lettering that my couldn’t see.

Interior is great. The backseat has plenty of for real adults. The driving has you sitting relatively high.

You a very good feel for four corners, which is necessary when navigating of the smaller streets in old Italian and towns.

On to the driving! The diesel has all the benefits and that you’d expect. The low means you’re shifting earlier than your instincts tell you. you can run at a much lower RPM than any gasoline engine would tolerate. The computer nags you to early, seemingly trying its to keep the engine under

At a low engine speed like you can put your foot down and near nothing happens at The engine’s personality completely around 2000rpm, when the spools up and you suddenly feel the Shift before the redline and still in the power band and good.

This contrasts, for with the Hyundai Veloster liter non-turbo, manual) I test drove a few months ago for Wind the Veloster up to the redline, and you’ve got nothing. The Giulietta much better (as, I does the Veloster Turbo). For it’s worth, the Giulietta’s and clutch feel are nothing special.

There’s none of Honda’s snickety-snick shifting, and the Giulietta#8217;s grab point is a bit nebulous.

The standout feature of the Giulietta is its During our vacation, we ranged cobblestone streets to zippy from smooth twisty to bumpy gravel side The Giulietta’s suspension is all about to preserve some dignity faced with punishing

Yes, you’ll feel it driving over crap, but the damps out a lot of the vibrations while keeping things relatively The few times I did some “spirited” through the twisties, the car felt and composed. Still, this is no car.

Does the Giulietta “passion and soul” and lovely exhaust notes as Top Gear’s May notes of earlier Alfas. the gasoline engines do, but for the diesel, no. a nice car, but you won’t in love with it.

Deep inside, I’m a gadget guy, and is where the Giulietta let me down. The stereo in our car had no aux input for my phone. to the owner’s manual, you only get ten-cent jack with the pricier “Blu Me” package. at least on the Fiat 500 I once with at a Texas dealership, Blu Me include Bluetooth A2DP for music streaming.

Boo, hiss!) This was the most obvious place some Fiat Group blew it for everybody.

Once I out how to convert the onscreen menus to I saw a long list of adjustments, but no way to fix the that were most Foremost, the car raises holy hell if one of your passengers before the car has come to a complete Also annoying: the car insists on you to shift early and often.

you can do, however, is change the car from to “dynamic” mode. According to the manual, this increases max by 10%, which you’d notice. However, it replaces the indicator light with the “DNA” logo.

Yes indeed, 10% guilt definitely improves dynamics.

Other gadgety the Giulietta will turn the off when waiting at a light. you push the clutch in, the engine back up all by itself. Despite if you were dumb enough to the key with the car in gear and the clutch the starter motor happily to drag the car along; the ignition require you to have the clutch down. (Yes, go ahead, ask me how I that out.) The Giulietta has a holding feature that pretty well.

It has a rear sonar parking to help you nudge your car as far as it can go. The lights and wipers also automatic modes. It even the engine if you stall it. (Yes,

What about mileage? half of our driving time was on the half on local twisty According to the trip computer, we 5.8 l / 100 km (40.5 mpg).

This is the as the Giulietta’s official “city” rating. (Wikipedia has all the stats. ) The official “combined” rating is 4.7 l / (50 mpg). My freeway driving was sedate, since I wasn’t to get ticketed by the autostrada’s ubiquitous cameras, so this means mountain driving, with the spooled up and driving with engine braking, is unsurprisingly to this car’s mileage. At the end of the before I handed the car back, I roughly $100 filling the for 800 km of driving, with maybe a of a tank left. (What range!) To drive the same and style in my Acura TL. with super-unleaded-mandatory V6, I would have to have averaged 20 mpg, roughly the same dollar-cost-per-mile, you’re comfortable with my U.S. gasoline prices a big V6 sedan against European prices with a smaller 4-cylinder car.

In Europe, the value proposition of the is clear: high mileage and interior space in a car that into smaller places giving you decent amounts of and “style”. Today, in the U.S. the car you can buy to the Giulietta is the new Dodge Dart. the same basic platform, but of you can’t get the diesel or the hatchback.

The big if cars like the Giulietta or the comparable BMW 180d Sport offered in the States, how well they sell? Based on my in the Giulietta, I’d imagine they do quite well.

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