- Attractive design
- Efficient engines
- Safest car in class
- Interior quality not class-leading
- Unrefined at high speeds
- Not as spacious as some
Stylish family hatchback is attractive alternative
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta, first released in 2010, is the Italian manufacturer’s alternative to the ever-popular Volkswagen Golf, BMW 1 Series, and the Audi A3. With such impressive competition, it’s hard to stand out in this market. The Giulietta achieves this with its exquisite aesthetics, both inside and out. The Giulietta really is an outstanding looking car. It’s not as complete a package as some of its rivals, but for those who want a practical family car that stands out from the crowd, the Giulietta should be seriously considered.
Stylish but lacks finesse of some rivals
With an exterior as attractive as the Giulietta’s, it was important for Alfa Romeo to get the interior design right. They’ve managed to do this from a design point of view, but build and material quality fall below that on offer in rivals.
The dashboard of the Giulietta is a well-designed affair, that swoops across the inside of the cabin with Italian panache. Unfortunately, the design isn’t matched with the appropriate quality of materials. There’s some hard plastics to be found lower down the dash, which is a little disappointing for a luxury family hatchback. It’s some way off either the BMW 1 Series or the Audi A3, and even the cheaper Volkswagen Golf impresses more. Switchgear in the Giulietta also feels a little flimsy and cheap.
Space wise the Giulietta is solid, without being spectacular. With 350 litres of boot capacity, the Giulietta is smaller than the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), the Audi A3 (365 litres), and the BMW 1 Series (360 litres). It’s not an awful lot smaller however, and there’s still plenty of room for a big family shop, a full set of golf clubs, or a pram. Despite it not being the biggest in its class, there’s more than enough room for most family needs.
Equipment levels in the Giulietta are pretty impressive. Even the entry-level Progression trim comes with electric windows, air-con, alloy wheels, DAB, and Bluetooth connectivity. For a small price increase, the Distinctive trim adds dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and rear parking sensors- additions that will benefit nearly all drivers.
Overall the inside of the Giulietta is a bit of a mixed bag. The design of the cabin is without doubt attractive, but the build quality lets it down. There’s enough space for most families’ storage needs, but it doesn’t feature a class-leading capacity. Thankfully, Giulietta’s come well-equipped, so it does represent great value for money.
Good to drive, but not the most refined
Suspension and Chassis
For a car that looks as sporty as the Giulietta does, it was important that Alfa Romeo made a car with handling to match. Thankfully, the Giulietta is quite a fun car to drive. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, and though there’s a little bit of body roll, the chassis performs well on twisty country roads. It’s let down a little bit by the steering however, as it doesn’t offer a great deal of feedback, even in the sportiest of DNA modes.
Ride refinement is one area that lets the Giulietta down a little bit. It struggles over rough surfaces, and potholes can jolt back into the cabin. Around town speed humps also feel worse than they perhaps should. Get it on the motorway and the Giulietta also disappoints as there’s quite a lot of road, wind, and engine noise, It’s disappointing to experience this in a car that’s meant to carry an air of prestige.
Gearbox options in the Giulietta come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that performs pretty well, and features a sharp, short shift. The optional twin-clutch automatic is less impressive, as it sometimes doesn’t keep up with the engine, particularly in high-powered versions.
A good range of engines, from eco-friendly to out-and-out performance
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Giulietta, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a good range of power outputs in the range, with something to suit everyone’s needs.
If it’s power that you want from your Giulietta, the stand-out option in the range is the petrol-powered 1.75 litre TBi. This turbocharged engine produces a meaty 240bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in just 6 seconds. That’s seriously quick, and is enough performance to challenge out-and-out sports cars at the lights.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased to know that there’s a great option for them in the Giulietta range. The diesel-powered 1.6 JTDM-2 model produces just 99g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s enough to get free road tax, as well as the knowledge that you’ll be helping to save the planet. This model is also the best option for money savers, as it features an impressively high fuel consumption rate of 74.3mpg. Money saved on road tax, and at the fuel pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Giulietta you’re going to get enough power, relatively low CO2 emissions, and impressively high fuel efficiency. It’s worth going for the diesel model if you really want the best balance of all three.
Class leading safety
Like nearly every car in its class, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 97% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, and 63% in pedestrian safety, the Giulietta is the safest car in its class. There’s also plenty of standard safety kit. Even entry-level models come with six airbags, and electronic stability control. If safety is your primary concern, you should without doubt consider driving a Giulietta.
Good value for money, as long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta represents great value for money for family buyers. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking CO2 emissions are relatively low throughout the range, and fuel efficiency is impressively high. If you really want to save yourself money day-to-day, it’s worth considering one of the diesel engines, though petrol engines are far from being the worst in the class.
Insurance costs in the Giulietta again depend on which engine and trim you choose to go for. Insurance groups are comparable to its main rivals, so you won’t be paying any more than you should be. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.4 TB, which is in group 15, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range 1.75 TBi Quadrifoglio Verde 5d TCT, which is in group 33.
Depreciation is a factor with the Giulietta, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a great luxury family hatchback for those who want something a little bit different from the norm. It’s not quite the complete package that the Audi A3 offers, but it’s undoubtedly better looking.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.