Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6 JTDM-2 120 5dr Diesel Hatchback (2017) at County Motor Works Vauxhall

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CO2: 99 g/km

MPG: 74.3

Body Glass

Electric front windows, Electric rear windows, Heated rear window, Rear wiper

Brakes

VDC with hill holder (ABS + ASR + EBD + Brake assist)

Carpets/Rugs

velvet floor mats

Chassis/Suspension

Q2 electronic differential

Communication

Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection, Smartphone connectivity, Wireless internet connection

Driver Aids

Drive mode selector, PAS

Driver Convenience

Remote boot release

Driver Information

Multifunction digital display, Service interval indicator, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Body coloured door mirrors, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

Embellishment Trims

Matte black trim inserts, Sports dials with red illumination

Engine

Diesel particulate filter

Entertainment

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Body Features

Body coloured bumpers, Body coloured front splitter, Rear spoiler, Satin chrome exterior door handles

Exterior Lights

LED daytime running lights, Rear LED lights

Interior Features

12V socket, 12V socket in luggage compartment, Cloth upholstery, Cupholder, Leather steering wheel

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbelts, Curtain airbags, Driver/front passenger airbag, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Side airbags, Tyre pressure monitoring system

Seats

2 outer rear head restraints, 60/40 split folding rear seat, Front head restraints, Height adjustable driver's seat, Isofix child seat preparation

Security

Remote central locking

Wheels - Spare

Steel space saver spare wheel

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.6
Badge Power: 120
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: JTDM-2 120
Coin Series: N
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 72
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 56
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 3
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 59
NCAP Safety Assist %: 25
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 99
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1598
Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 79.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.5
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 74.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 88.3
EC Urban (mpg): 60.1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 10
Engine Power - BHP: 120
Engine Power - KW: 88
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 3750
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6
Engine Torque - NM: 320
Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
Top Speed: 121

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Space Saver?: True
Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style: TURBINE
Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1465
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4351
Wheelbase: 2634
Width: 1798
Width (including mirrors): N

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1815
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
Max. Loading Weight: 505
Max. Roof Load: 50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 500
Minimum Kerbweight: 1310
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

EVOLUZIONE (new2) 20/02/2014

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

Ten Second Review

Alfa Romeo's Giulietta premium compact hatch has been consistently improved over its lifetime, facelifted again in 2017 with a further value-orientated 'Sport' trim level most recently added. There's a smart interior too, plus strong levels of media connectivity and the option of a hi-tech TCT auto gearbox with the 120bhp 1.6 JTDM-2 desel engine that many UK buyers will want. Time, perhaps, to give this car another look.

Background

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 Experience

The engine technology Alfa has come out with over recent years can stand comparison with the very best. The emphasis has been on small turbocharged engines of the petrol and diesel varieties and the Giulietta showcases the best of them. There are 120, 150 and 170bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol units, the pokiest variant mated to TCT dual clutch auto transmission. You can now have this auto gearbox as an option on the volume 120bhp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 diesel variant that makes up the majority of sales in this country. Sitting above this powerplant is a 2.0-litre JTDM-2 diesel that develops 150bhp with manual transmission or 175bhp with the TCT auto. At the top of the range is the Giulietta Veloce model that gets the most powerful engine in the line-up, a 240bhp 1750 turbo petrol engine mated to specially calibrated TCT auto transmission. 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.

Design and Build

Even now, we can't quite decide whether the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a good-looking car or not. It's extremely colour and trim sensitive. Have a little play on Alfa's online configurator and just by making some small changes to wheels and paint finishes, you can rapidly turn a stunner into something rather less attractive. This current model gets sleeker front-end styling that includes a striking honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts with red highlights on sporty models and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. The idea is to emphasise the Giulietta's close genetic links with Alfa Romeo's premium segment Giulia sports saloon: hence the smarter badging, classier alloy wheels, revised tail pipes and fresh new colours. Inside, there are premium seat upholsteries, dashboard and door panel finishes. Plus a Uconnect infotainment system now with smartphone-enabled LIVE services. These include music streaming with access to the Deezer and TuneIn set-ups, news with Reuters, Facebook Check-In and Twitter. Plus Alfa's useful 'eco:Drive' and 'my:Car' services, along with traffic updates for navigation-equipped models. Otherwise, it's pretty much as you were. Those sleek lines don't impinge on practicality too much, although there's not as much space in the rear as the exterior dimensions might suggest. The 350-litre boot is competitive and Alfa has built a range of storage options into the cabin. The controls are arranged in tiers on the sweeping dash and there's a suitably traditional set of cowled instruments.

Market and Model

Prices range in the £19,500 to £30,000 bracket and in the mainstream range, there's a choice of standard, 'Tecnica', 'Sport', 'Super', 'Speciale' and 'Veloce' trim levels. We'd recommend the freshly-added 'Sport' trim level, which costs from about £21,000. Here, you get 17-inch five-hole alloy wheels, side skirts, a front splitter, rear privacy glass and a rear diffuser with red trim, plus you get an extra-large exhaust and front fog lights to give a more purposeful look. The interior continues this theme adding dark headlining, a techno-leather steering wheel, climate control, cruise control and a 5-inch UconnectTM multimedia system with 'Uconnect' LIVE services. Alfa hasn't skimped on safety features and the Giulietta gets a complement of six airbags plus an array of electronic devices designed to let drivers extract the maximum from their car while staying safe at all times. There's ABS anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) - Alfa Romeo's interpretation of Electronic Stability Programme; Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA) and a Pre-Fill function for the brakes. This helped the Giulietta achieve a record 87 out of 100 score on the revised EuroNCAP ratings.

Cost of Ownership

Under the bonnet, Alfa has worked hard to keep running cost figures cmpetitive with his car's premium segment rivals. As a result, both manual and automatic versions of the volume 1.6-litre JTDM-2 120bhp diesel model manage 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and 99g/km of CO2. This means a BIK rating of 17% and an annual Road Fund Licence fee of, well, nothing. Every powerplant in the line-up is of course compliant with Euro 6 regulations. As for a few specifics, well the entry-level 120bhp 1.4 petrol turbo manages 45.6mpg and 144g/km of CO2. Go for the 150bhp petrol model and those figures rise to 51.4mpg and 127g/km. If you're interested in the 2.0-litre JTDM-2 1250bhp diesel, you're talking 67.3mpg and 110g/km. Or 65.7mpg and 113g/km if you go for this variant with 175bhp and TCT auto transmission. In other words, the days of Alfas being money pits for hopeless romantics are long past.

Summary

As an object lesson in how to make an unpromising car come good, you can't really do a great deal better than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. You could cite a few other vehicles that developed into something rather good after a slow start. The Jaguar S-TYPE, the BMW X3 and the Mazda3 spring to mind and the common theme running through all these models is that they became better cars than the British public gave them credit for. The same may well be true of the Giulietta. It's a far more focused sales proposition now than in 2010, but the old perception tends to be the one people carry with them. Communicating that the car has moved on ought to be Alfa's priority. The latest 120bhp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 TCT auto package puts this car right into contention with the class best. It's never going to be quite as cheap to run as a Golf, but it's about on a par with a Focus and Ford's family favourite has never exactly been perceived as a crazy indulgence. Perhaps it's time you gave the Alfa a second chance.

GOING FOR AN ITALIAN? (family) 09/02/2018

The improved Alfa Romeo Giulietta provides a welcome breath of fresh air for motoring writer June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

A small, affordable little Alfa Romeo would, once upon a time, have been something I would have steering people well away from. Not any more. Well, not since the arrival of the Giulietta anyway. This car has changed Alfa's sales figures in the UK beyond recognition - and deservedly so. Audi's A3 and BMW's 1 Series are its intended target competitors, so you can infer from that that the car had better be not only good but of exceptionally high quality. It is. Yet at the same time, Alfa haven't lost their sense of style - or that great sound when you stretch out your right foot and the open road beckons. For all those reasons, were I to be shopping in this market, the Giulietta is a car I would find difficult to resist. I'd thought I'd try the improved version with its upgraded 2.0 JTDm-2 diesel engine.

Practicalities

There's a real tension in this design: my colleague here recently described it thus: "the bonnet crease points curling over like the whitened knuckles of a balled-up fist. Like an oncoming jab, the overall effect isn't subtle; instead the bearing is one of threatening aggression." All of which rather put me off before my test car arrived and I had a chance to inspect the Giulietta in the metal. I don't want to be putting out 'threatening aggression'. Fortunately, as usual, he had been exaggerating. It's a look I quite like, particularly from the rear. And it's one that Alfa hasn't seen fit to change very much with this improved model, apart from the addition of sleeker front-end styling that includes a striking honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts with red highlights on sporty models and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. A seat inside an Alfa used to be not much better than a seat in a Fiat - which was generally where everything was borrowed from. No longer. Sit inside the Giulietta and the memories of Italianate driving positions that we grew up with in Alfasuds and Alfettas are banished forever. Seat, pedals, steering wheel, gearstick and mirrors all appear to be positioned around the figure of a human being rather than a gibbon. The rest of the interior has other such considerate touches too, including the clever Uconnect infotainment system on this revised model with its large, centrally positioned colour screen. Alfa hasn't forgotten its heritage and has built upon the inherent romantic appeal of Italian cars. However, it's also true to say that around the relentlessly well-finished cabin are some determinedly modern high-tech touches. Six airbags come as standard, as does dual-zone climate controlled air conditioning. State-of-the-art multiplex wiring has made possible the option of a full-screen voice activated satellite navigation system with an inbuilt Bose stereo and GSM telephone system. It's not cheap, but the satellite navigation setup is one of the best available anywhere, as is the Vehicle Dynamic Control, which is a stability control system which aims to prevent the Giulietta spinning.

Behind the Wheel

The pick of the range could well be the 150bhp 2.0 JTDm-2 diesel variant I tried. Rest to 62mph takes 8.8s, en route to 130mph. Fast enough to make consideration of the top 175bhp version of this engine irrelevant I would say. Anyway, you can only have that unit with Alfa's 6-speed TCT automatic gearbox. I'd want the manual stick shift of the car I tried: much more Alfa. Those on a tighter budget can choose a 120bhp 1.6-litre JTDm-2 diesel or a 120bhp 1.4-litre TB petrol unit. Two more petrol engines complete the line-up, a 170bhp 1.4 MultiAir powerplant and a 240bhp 1750 turbo petrol Quadrifoglio Verde hot hatch model at the top of the range. Performance tends to be taken for granted with Alfa Romeo ownership, but build quality has in past times often been woeful. It's turned around though in recent times. The fact is that since the 156 was launched at the end of 1997, Alfa's understanding of how to screw together a decent quality car has come on leaps and bounds. The latest Giulietta takes this foundation and reinforces it further.

Value For Money

Expect to pay somewhere in the £18,500 to £28,500 bracket for your Giulietta, pricing which puts it neatly between the common or garden Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra class and the premium Audi A3/BMW 1 Series segment. We'll get to that in a minute. It's a five door-only range and at there are two main decisions most buyers will need to make within it. At the bottom end of the line-up, there's the choice of a 1.4 TB petrol unit or a 1.6-litre JTDm-2 diesel. In the middle of the range, it's similar: you choose between 1.4 TB MultiAir petrol or the much improved 150bhp 2.0 JTDM-2 diesel unit. Whether you're looking at the foot of the line-up or in that mid-section of it, the premium to go from petrol to diesel is around £800-£900. Think twice about paying that if you're a low mileage user. Urban users looking for the convenience of the TCT automatic gearbox have it as a £1,300 option on the 1.4 MultiAir petrol model. Go for the top-of-range 175bhp 2.0-litre JTDM-2 diesel unit and you have to have it.The flagship petrol version, the potent 1750 turbo petrol Veloce model, won't leave you very much change from £29,000, so will be a rare sight on British roads. Whichever mainstream variant you choose, you should find it decently equipped. All but the very basic models add things like alloy wheels, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and Bluetooth to a standard specification that already includes air conditioning, the Uconnect infotainment system, electric windows, a hill-holder clutch to stop you drifting backwards on junctions and the Stop/Start system that's fitted across the Giulietta range. Options include a panoramic glass roof. Safety-wise, this Alfa is especially well provided for. Not only did it score the now almost mandatory five EuroNCAP stars, but it also registered a best-in-class 87% score. Even the entry-level car gets six airbags, active anti-whiplash head restraints, VDC stability control and the usual electronic braking and traction aids.

Could I Live With One?

In a word yes. It has all the quality of its German rivals with a welcome dash of extra spirit.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta average rating: 4.5/5 (13 reviews)

- 06/01/2018, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 175 Speciale 5dr TCT

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
I love the car. It's great to drive and I'm enjoying it every day.

- 08/08/2017, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 175 Speciale 5dr TCT

User rating: 4/5

User comment:
I recently bought an Alfa Romeo Guilietta Speciale and love driving it.

- 13/07/2017, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Exclusive M-Air

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
Very pleased with my Giulietta, very sporty and nippy for a 1.4 engine. Immaculate condition with lots of extras.

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