Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback
Price £18,240 - £30,280
- Interesting looks
- Stylish interior layout
- Superb MultiAir petrol engines
- Uncomfortable driving position
- List prices a bit high
- Cramped rear seats
At a glance
"The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has distinctive looks and is good fun to drive, but it's not as well rounded as the best in class."
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta competes with models such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf in the small family car class. Alfa Romeo has a strong heritage in motorsport and the Giulietta plays to this with a driving experience that focuses on sporty handling rather than outright comfort. The Giulietta also has more eye-catching looks than most of its rivals. But inside you have to compromise on practicality and quality of fit and finish.
The Giulietta received a number of updates for 2014, including reduced prices, some subtle styling changes, an updated interior, revised trim levels and new engines. It's also quieter inside thanks to improved sound deadening.
The updated model features a new version of Alfa Romeo's 2.0-litre diesel engine, which boasts lower CO2 emissions and improved performance. A performance model, the Quadrifoglio Verde, is also available – it’ll do 0-62mph in just six seconds.
Elsewhere, there are two version of the 1.4-litre petrol engine, both offering good performance and decent fuel economy. There's also a 1.6-litre diesel engine that's capable of returning 76mpg.
The range starts with basic Progression trim, which is followed by Distinctive, Exclusive and top-of-the-range Sportiva Nav. All offer plenty of kit, with a DAB digital radio, a five-inch touchscreen and air-conditioning standard across the range. The Sportiva Nav has a high-resolution 6.5-inch display as standard. Buyers can now also have leather trim on the doors and dashboard.
The Giulietta remains a very safe car, doing well in the Euro NCAP crash tests and coming with plenty of safety kit as standard. It's proving quite reliable, too.
Prices start at just over £18,000 for the entry-level petrol model, with the cheapest diesel model costing a little more that £19,000. The range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde will set you back over £28,000 and doesn’t promise good resale values.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta offers a good mix of performance and economy
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s more powerful petrol and diesel engines are the best
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is quiet inside and has a lot of kit, but it can feel cheap in places
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta offers an average-sized boot and not much storage space
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is very safe and becoming more reliable