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Alfa Romeo Giulietta review

May 31, 2013 by Perrys Content Team in Reviews

Three engines are available on the Giulietta – these include a 1.4-litre petrol with 120bhp and 170bhp, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels as well as a 1.75-litre 235bhp petrol in the flagship Cloverleaf model.

This Alfa Romeo Giulietta range features Stop/Start technology putting an emphasis on fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The cleanest engine on the range is 1.6-litre diesel emitting 114g/km of CO2 while returning 64.2mpg.

Prices range from just under £17k to £22.5k, which means it is on a par with Ford’s Focus making the Giulietta an attractive proposition.

The Alfa has plenty of style but is there enough substance to woo buyers from into the Giulietta range from premium brands? Read on to find out how the Alfa Romeo Giulietta fares.


This stylish hatchback is the replacement for the 147 and it is easy to recognize thanks to its trademark upside-down triangular grille and the sculpted bonnet of the Mito and the 8C Competizione – it’s the new Alfa face.

From the rear it looks quite like an Audi A3 thanks to the crease lines that rise up the rear doors, however, the Giulietta has substance too.


Jump in and you will find that the interior has been styled much like the exterior. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has a sense of occasion that other cars in the sector like the Hyundai i30 cannot match. The layout of the cabin driver friendly while the plastics and materials used are of a good quality, however, the driving position could be better.

Boot space is on a par with rivals. With the seats in place the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has a load space of 350 litres,

Fitting five adults in the Alfa will be a tight squeeze, as the head- and legroom are at a premium. Four adults should be able to squeeze in but it may be a cosy fit if some are over six foot in height.

Equipment highlights on the Giulietta include an alarm system, cruise control, 17-inch alloys, six airbags, DNA switch, Start/Stop technology, front and electric windows, fog lights, Blue&Me system and a rear spoiler.

On the road

On test we drove the Alfa Romeo Giulietta powered by the 170bhp 1.4-litre engine. It is a feisty little unit and can complete the benchmark sprint in 7.8 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 135mph. Overtaking slower traffic on single lane carriageways is child’s play thanks to the 230Nm of torque that you have on tap with this engine.

Through the corners the Giulietta is good fun. It has tons of front-end grip, it corners well and there is a minimal amount of body lean. A little more feedback through the steering wheel would be welcome. The Alfa may not be best in class but it is certainly good fun to drive on the twisty stuff.

Three driving modes are available on the Giulietta, normal, dynamic and all-weather. Normal is the default setting while all-weather gives you more grip in adverse conditions. The dynamic mode delivers quicker throttle and steering response and the difference is noticeable – this is the best mode when driving enthusiastically.


Not only does this version of the Giulietta look good it also makes financial sense thanks to having competitive running costs. The 170bhp 1.4-litre engine has a claimed economy of 48.7mpg and emits 134g/km of CO2.

Alfa has turned a corner with the Giulietta, it turns heads and is now a leftfield alternative to rivals including Volkswagen’s Golf, Audi’s A3 and the BMW 1 Series.

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