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Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback - Interior & comfort

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is quiet inside and has a lot of kit, but it can feel cheap in places

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3.1 out of 5

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4.5 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

2.5 out of 5

The interior of the old Alfa Romeo Giulietta was quiet and the same is true of the revised model. The latest trim levels give you more kit for your money, but the car still suffers from other issues that compromise comfort.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta dashboard

Although the Alfa Romeo Giulietta still can’t match the interior quality of the Volkswagen Golf, it has been improved in recent years. Leather upholstery in particular lifts the cabin's appearance, but this is a £1,550 option.

There are a lot of hard plastics and some fixtures and fittings (such as the flimsy-looking air vents) feel a bit low-rent. The dashboard trim is nicer than it used to be although the standard five-inch touchscreen looks rather small these days – it can be upgraded to a seven-inch Alpine screen with Apple CarPlay at a cost of over £1,000. On the downside, the seats are still fairly uncomfortable, especially when you’re travelling over poor surfaces.

Equipment

Trim levels for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta are Super, Speciale and Veloce. Even the basic model has equipment such as alloy wheels, air-conditioning, leather multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and Alfa's DNA driving modes switch. With Super now the entry-level model, it means all Giuliettas come with rear parking sensors, cruise control, two-zone climate control and front fog lights too.

Speciale mainly adds cosmetic changes inside and out, including a body kit, carbon fibre-effect headlight surrounds and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching.

Veloce trim features a slightly bigger 6.5-inch touchscreen, 18-inch alloy wheels, yellow Brembo brake calipers and front parking sensors. We’d only recommend going for this model if you get a great deal, as it’s quite expensive, and the Speciale trim includes most of the sporty styling for around £6,500 less.

Options

It's possible to add bigger alloy wheels for between £295-£595, which seems reasonable given how style-led the Alfa Romeo is. Heated front seats cost £260, but £1,200 for an electric sunroof is enough to make you think twice. Other possible additions include a Bose sound system for £850, and the Alpine sat nav screen with a reversing camera for £1,250.

Like many manufacturers Alfa Romeo offers a number of packs that bundle together options at more attractive prices. The Convenience Pack includes electric folding door mirrors, auto lights and wipers, front parking sensors, a rear armrest and an auto-dimming rear mirror for £950 (£750 on Speciale), which isn’t too bad, but we’d like to see some of these features included as standard.

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