Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDm 2014 review

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Front action
Credits: Otis Clay
27 Oct, 2013 8:30am Paul Bond

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been updated with a new interior and improved refinement

Verdict

3
While it’s more refined than before, with a higher-quality feel, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is average in its class. This new diesel is the pick of the range, and no rival is as stylish – but most are more practical, frugal and dynamic for a similar price.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta outsells the company's smaller car, the MiTo, by nearly two to one - so updates to Alfa’s Volkswagen Golf rival are particularly important.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta review

Visual tweaks include fresh alloy wheel designs and a new grille, but the sleek styling is 
virtually unchanged, with the most significant updates taking place under the bodywork.

This Giulietta is powered by a new 2.0-litre Multijet diesel, which delivers 148bhp and a healthy 380Nm of torque from as low as 1,750rpm – that’s more than any rival can muster. Better still, it emits 110g/km of CO2 and promises similar fuel economy to the MiTo TwinAir, at 67.2mpg.

Yet unlike the MiTo, the Giulietta provides smooth and linear acceleration and a broad, flexible power band spread across the rev range. Extra sound deadening under the floor, boot and wheelarches aims to boost refinement, and it shows on the road – while the Giulietta isn’t as hushed as the class leaders, it’s very quiet.

The ride is still a little uneven on rough roads, but is far more composed and planted than the MiTo’s. Push too hard and the artificially weighted steering can feel too eager to self-centre, which is disconcerting and robs the driver of confidence.

Inside, sturdier seat bolsters, better-quality leather on the steering wheel and anti-scratch paint finishes improve things. It looks better, but there’s still the odd rough and cheap panel, while the sloping roofline eats into rear headroom.

The larger optional 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen, meanwhile, is better integrated into the dash and more attractive than the MiTo’s unit, too. It’s part of a long list of equipment.

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It's a stylish car and has a feel-good about it, being Italian it is set above the average cars like Focus and Golf and you never pay full list price. Get one used 18 months old, brilliant buy.

A pretty face from Italy. Style and perfomance make sense here!

Having owned a 170 diesel TCT Veloce for 6 months I think the press are very hard on this car and miss its point. Sure it is flawed but it is real fun to drive and has that something special you dont get in a Focus. Any minor gripes I have look to have been addressed in the facelift. I didnt buy the car for its practicality, it was the looks and superb handling that won me over and the allure of the Alfa badge in sea of similar mainstream cars. Well done Alfa!

3 stars? really ?? why do you guys have to be so unfair with AlfaRomeo? i don't agree with this way to judge cars really. i always though the aim of the journalist was to give a personal yet honest view. i only and always see something else ... and only in the english press btw.

Key specs

  • Price: £23,000
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 148bhp
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 8.8 seconds
  • Top Speed: 130mph
  • Economy/CO2: 67.2mpg/110g/km
  • Equipment: 17-inch alloys, sat-nav, Bluetooth, parking sensors
  • On sale: January
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