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Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The independent definitive Alfa Romeo Giulietta video review

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    EVOLUZIONE (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Slowly but surely, Alfa Romeo is knocking its Giulietta into pretty good shape. Jonathan Crouch looks at the latest improved Euro 6D-compliant version.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 35

    Alfa Romeo's Giulietta premium compact hatch has been consistently improved over its lifetime. Now it gets Euro 6D-compliant engines, a new trim structure and some extra options. Time, perhaps, to give this car another look.

    Backgroundword count: 175

    The romance of the Alfa Romeo brand is well documented but it's a passion that seems to have cooled with global buyers over recent years. The reasons are many: the excellence of the German competition, the slow turnover of models and an over-dependence on hardwear borrowed from parent company Fiat. If this Milanese brand is to survive, things must change, with more competitive, freshly designed products and cutting edge technology. All created without losing the spark that makes an Alfa what it is. Suggestions that all this was possible arrived with the arrival of the Focus-sized Giulietta in 2010. Proof positive though, the Italians tell us, is delivered by this much improved version. There's been a concerted effort to improve this model bit by bit, to make it better value, to more clearly focus what the car is and what it's competing against in the minds of customers and to just make it more of an Alfa. It might be a late bloomer but the current Alfa Giulietta has matured into a very likeable thing.

    Driving Experienceword count: 155

    Alfa has simplified this Giulietta's engine range. Things kick off with a 120hp version of the brand's 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit. Most buyers though, choose the volume 120bhp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 diesel variant, offered either in manual or TCT dual clutch auto transmission form. You have to have the TCT 'box with the top 190hp 2.0-litre diesel Veloce variant. All models still get the neat 'D.N.A' set-up we first saw on the MiTo, a system that via the 'Dynamic', 'Normal' and 'All-weather' settings accessible via this rocker switch near the gearlever, offers the driver pre-set modes to vary control of engine, gearbox, steering and VDC stability control system, so optimising the car's behaviour to either the conditions or the driver's preference. It tweaks the standard Q2 electronic differential too, this one of those systems that works through the turns to counter both understeer and wheelspin by lightly micro-braking whichever front wheel is threatening to lose grip.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62mph (secs):

    10

    9.4

    [Giulietta 1.6JTDM-2 120 Super]

    [Giulietta 1.4TB 120 Giulietta]

    Alarm (Option cost £):

    216.67

    Braked Tow Weight (kg):

    1300

    CO2 (g/km):

    99

    144

    [Giulietta 1.6JTDM-2 120 Super]

    [Giulietta 1.4TB 120 Giulietta]

    Cruise Control (Option cost £):

    216.67

    Cylinders:

    4

    ... and 28 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Compact Family Cars

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    70%
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