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10 things we learned about the Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Date: 26 August 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Lower medium
Key rival: Audi A3
Model tested: 1.4 TB 150 Super
Price as tested: £21,280

Summary: Not the most obvious fleet choice, but can Alfa's Giulietta tempt Al Suttie?


1 - I've never subscribed to the 'you must own an Alfa to be a car enthusiast' drivel, but this Giulietta could lure me in.

2 - As a strikingly pretty alternative to an Audi A3 or VW Golf, the Giulietta aces its rivals.

3 - It's also good on the inside with clear-cut dash design and a good driving position. Only demerit is over the shoulder vision.


4 - As a car that straddles the divide between mainstream and premium, some of the plastics let the side down.

5 - However, the 'DNA' button is easy to reach and it's worth punting into Sport mode as this is where the Giulietta feels its best.

6 - Crisper throttle response is the reward for choosing Sport mode and it makes the 150hp Super feel surprisingly hot hatch-ish.

7 -0-62mph in 8.2 seconds won't scare a GTI, but the Alfa's chassis balance lets you carry pace through corners.


8 - The steering is also pleasingly direct and offers more feel than most rivals, and it's not at the expense of the turning circle either.

9 - Okay, the ride is on the firmer side of what's acceptable, but we didn't ever feel it was jarring. Refinement could be better, mind.

10 - 51.4mpg and 127g/km may not convince many in this sector, but the Alfa Giulietta deserves to appeal to a broader audience than just the diehards.