10 things we learned about the Alfa Romeo Giulietta
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.