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New Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review

The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a stylish breath of fresh air in the crowded small family car sector.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 05, 2010
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The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a stylish breath of fresh air in the crowded small family car sector. Yes folks, this replacement to the long standing 147 - despite looking like something from outer-space - is actually a rival to the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. So, let's fire-up this newly born Italian and see what it has to offer.

One of the main reasons motorists purchase Italian cars is their sky-high image, and the new Giulietta is no exception. Whereas it is arguably not the most attractive vehicle to emerge from Alfa's production line, it is far more distinctive and fashionable than most of its rivals. That's a very big 'tick' as far as fashion conscious drivers are concerned.

By contrast, one of the main reasons some consumers avoid Italian machinery is the variable build quality. So, the Giulietta - Alfa hope - will prove to be reliable as a considerable effort has been made to properly screw it together. It certainly feels reasonable robust, but only time will tell how frequently you have to open the beautifully crafted bonnet. Fingers crossed.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta comes with one of four engines. These include the 1.4-litre 118bhp and 1.75-litre 231bhp petrol variants. The latter roars to 60mph in 6.6 seconds and reaches 150mph. Pretty impressive, but these petrol powered models only average 44 and 37mpg respectively. The 1.6-litre 103bhp diesel is more economical, it manages 64mpg, and this hits sixty in 10.9 seconds. However, the best all-rounder is the 2.0-litre 167bhp diesel variant as this reaches 60mph in 7.7 seconds, and averages 60mpg.

Further appealing Giulietta characteristics include its decent handling, although this comes at the expense of a rather firm ride. There is also plenty of cabin space and a class competitive 350-litre boot. Standard specification includes six air-bags, four electric windows, and a six-speaker CD MP3 player. Top of the range Veloce variants also have sporty side-skirts and aluminium peddles.

According to Motoring.co.uk's database, prices for the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta start at £16,995. Clearly that is a fair chunk of cash for a family car that, some argue, lacks the ultimate refinement of some of its rivals. But hey, it's an Alfa Romeo and that counts for an awful lot.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 05, 2010