Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review On its looks alone the Alfa Romeo Giulietta appears unbeatable, but you don't need to scratch far beneath that stylish surface to uncover some serious compromises.
Those pretty lines and an energetic driving experience backed up particularly well by the strong line up of turbo petrol engines count in the Giulietta's favour.The overall picture for the Giulietta isn't helped by a cramped interior with poor quality plastics in places and an awkward driving position. The reflections of owners we've surveyed over reliability and build quality don't inspire much confidence although residual values are holding up well.TheAlfa RomeoGiulietta is the Italian firm's best ever family hatchback and offers an injection of style compared to more run of the mill models like theFord FocusandVauxhall Astra.The car was facelift in 2016 with tweaks to equipment and the trim level range as well as mild revisions to the front end styling. Most significant was the addition of the Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system across the range with comprehensive smartphone integration.Only available as a five door, the Giulietta is as striking as you'd expect an Alfa Romeo to be, featuring neat coach outlet atlanta business design touches such as the firm's famous triangular grille, hidden rear door handles and LED taillights. The latest models have a honeycomb grille and updated surrounds for the light clusters but the facelift left the winning exterior design largely unmolested.As with many Alfa Romeo models, build quality is lacking and doesn't match up to the standards set by the current Volkswagen Golf. It's also not as well laid out inside as some of its more modern rivals, with limited space in the rear making the Giulietta feel cramped. Having first gone on sale back in 2010, the cabin is now starting to show its age, too despite the neat touchscreen control system that's now fitted across the range.Trim levels include the entry level Giulietta, then Super, Tecnica (targeted at fleet customers), Speciale and Veloce. It was Veloce which replaced the old Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) model. There are seven power units on offer in the mainstream Giulietta range: three petrol and three diesel. The petrols are all 1.4 MultiAir turbos, offering 119bhp, 148bhp and 168bhp and the higher powered version is also available with Alfa's TCT twin clutch automatic transmission. (If you really want to push the boat out the Veloce model comes with a 238bhp 1.7 litre petrol.)Depending on trim level, Alfa offers a 119bhp 1.6 JTDm 2 MultiJet turbodiesel in manual or automatic, coach handbags warehouse or a choice of 2.0 litre units, including a 148bhp engine and a more powerful 173bhp unit. Both the 119bhp and 173bhp units are available with the six speed TCT gearbox in place of the standard manual.You'll have to pay more for a Giulietta than many of its rivals, but all models do get air conditioning, all round electric windows, DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard. This alters the throttle response and steering weight between three driving modes: Dynamic, Natural and All weather. Unfortunately, it feels like a gimmick and fails to provide a satisfying compromise between aggression and comfort, with too much weight in Dynamic mode and coach canada handbags slack throttle response in the Natural and All weather settings. This is available on the most powerful 168bhp petrol and the 119bhp and 173bhp diesel engines. It's a decent gearbox, shifting smoothly when cruising and quick to drop a few ratios if prompted to do so by the paddles but it's up against some stiff competition from other twin clutch autos on the market.The 173bhp diesel is relatively quick, with lots of low down torque on offer and manages 0 62mph in 7.8 seconds. The more popular 1.6 litre 119bhp unit takes 10.2s to do the sprint or 10s if you stick with the manual gearbox and either way it feels reasonably lively without making much noise. The twin clutch petrol car does its 0 62mph increment in 7.6 seconds, and delivers the same top speed as the punchiest diesel around 135mph.The 149bhp diesel with manual gears accelerates from 0 62mph in 8.8 seconds and is our pick of the range, mixing price, performance and economy well. The only downside is that you can't have the auto.As for the petrol line up, the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol works better in Alfa's smallerMitoas it can struggle with the comparative bulk coach outlet purses etienne of the Giulietta. It remains a charismatic unit though, and the most powerful 168bhp 1.4 version feels punchy and keen to rev.For fans of thehot hatchthere is the Veloce, with the same engine found in the 4C sports car. Producing 237bhp, it has a Golf GTI bothering top speed of 149mph.This makes it one of the fruitiest sounding hot hatchbacks around, but it's far from the most entertaining to drive. The dual clutch gearbox isn't quite as snappy when driving quickly as those in the Veloce's main rivals, nor is it as smooth to shift when pootling through town.The Giulietta's engine range is reasonably economical but also offers decent performance. The 1.6 litre diesel is the cheapest option for day to day running costs, returning a healthy 74.3mpg on the combined test cycle and emitting 99g/km of CO2, meaning your road tax will be free.Our pick of the range is the larger 2.0 litre turbodiesel though, which in 148bhp guise delivers a class leading amount of torque from as low as 1,750rpm. But the same 2.0 litre also emits 110g/km of CO2, exceeding the 1.6 litre diesel unit, and offers a slightly worse 67.3mpg on the official test cycle. Both turbocharged diesels are fitted with fuel saving stop start technology as standard.The 1.4 litre petrol engine in its lowest powered 119bhp form returns 45.6mpg on the combined economy test cycle and emits 144g/km of CO2. Move up to the 148bhp variant and the figures are 51.4mpg and 127g/km, while the peculiarities of the test regime means the 168bhp model with manual gears is able to return the same claimed figures. Pick the 168bhp engine with TCT and you could see as much as 57.
7mpg and 114g/km if the test figures are to be believed. In fact our experts reckon you'll see up between 42 45 per cent of your investment returned after three years/36,000 miles unless you go for the relatively pricey Veloce when the percentage could fall into the high 30s. You'll get more money back on a Volkswagen Golf GTi.
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