Features include Satellite navigation system with colour, 6.5 inch display, Dark tinted windows, Alloy and leather multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment, Alfa Romeo Apps control, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Computer includes average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel, Connections for USB (front) and auxiliary audio devices, Cruise control, Day time running lights, Engine start/stop, Front fog lights, Light sensitive rear view mirror, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Single 6.5 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone and includes navigation system and much more.
Diesel 74.3 combined MPG
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Features include Satellite navigation system with colour, 6.5 inch display, Dark tinted windows, Alloy and leather multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment, Alfa Romeo Apps control, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Computer includes average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel, Connections for USB front and auxiliary audio devices, Cruise control, Day time running lights, Engine start/stop, Front fog lights, Light sensitive rear view mirror, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Single 6.5 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone and includes navigation system and much more.
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Slowly but surely, Alfa Romeo is knocking its Giulietta into pretty good shape. Jonathan Crouch looks at the latest improved Euro 6D-compliant version.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Prices range in the £20,000 to £26000 bracket and in the mainstream range, there's a choice of standard, 'Super', 'Speciale' and 'Veloce' trim levels. Even base 'Super'-spec gives you 17-inch Turbine alloy wheels, cruise control, dual zone air conditioning, front fog lights and rear parking sensors. 'Speciale'-spec adds aluminium kick plates and pedals, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with red stitching and red stitching on the flat bottomed steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake. 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.
Under the bonnet, Alfa has worked hard to keep running cost figures competitive 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%. Every powerplant in the line-up is now compliant with Euro 6D regulations. As for a few specifics, well the entry-level 120bhp 1.4 petrol turbo manages 45.6mpg and 144g/km of CO2. If you're interested in the 2.0-litre JTDM-2 1250bhp diesel, you're talking 65.7mpg and 113g/km. All models in the Giulietta range come with five years warranty, three years scheduled servicing and five years roadside assistance as standard as part of the brand's '5-3-5' campaign. In other words, the days of Alfas being money pits for hopeless romantics are long past.
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 Euro 6D-compliant 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.
The improved Alfa Romeo Giulietta provides a welcome breath of fresh air for motoring writer June Neary
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a word yes. It has all the quality of its German rivals with a welcome dash of extra spirit.
Mr Christopher Wiley - 16/11/2018, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Special Edition 1.4 TB MultiAir Sprint 5dr
User rating: 4.5/5
Mr Andrew Carpenter - 06/01/2018, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 175 Speciale 5dr TCT
User rating: 4.5/5
Mr Peter Yard - 08/08/2017, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 175 Speciale 5dr TCT
User rating: 4/5