ALFA ROMEO

ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Sprint 5dr TCT

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2144 g/km

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.

EVOLUZIONE

Slowly but surely, Alfa Romeo is knocking its Giulietta into pretty good shape. Jonathan Crouch looks at the latest improved Euro 6D-compliant version.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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.

Design and Build

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.

Market and Model

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.

Cost of Ownership

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.

Summary

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.

  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Dark tinted rear windows

  • VDC with hill holder (ABS + ASR + EBD + Brake assist)
  • Red brembo brake calipers
  • Front and rear dams read moulding

  • velvet floor mats

  • Q2 electronic differential

  • Uconnect internet access

  • Front parking sensor
  • Drive mode selector
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Cruise control
  • Power assisted steering

  • Stop/start system

  • Multifunctional display and trip computer
  • Uconnect 6.5" colour touchscreen radio nav with preloaded 3D maps, TMC, bluetooth audio streaming, voice recognition, DAB, USB, aux-in
  • Matrix display with white illumination
  • Service interval indicator

  • Electrically heated and adjustable satin finish wing mirrors

  • Matte black trim inserts
  • Sports dials with white illumination

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Hi-fi BOSE sound system with digital amplifier (8 speakers + 1 central + subwoofer)

  • Chrome effect window sills
  • Side skirts
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Enlarged sports exhaust finisher
  • Dark miron exterior finishing
  • Dark sprint badge
  • Sport front splitter and rear DAM with red trim

  • Carbon look healight bezel
  • Rear LED cluster lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights

  • Dual zone automatic climate control including rear air vents

  • Carbon effect dashboard surround and door panels
  • Red stitching on steering wheel, handbrake & gearstick gaiter
  • Leather/Alcantara upholstery with sports seats + red stitiching
  • Leather steering wheel with phone and radio controls
  • Rear armrest with storage + third rear headrest + through-load system
  • Dark headlining
  • Satin Chrome door handles
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 12V socket
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Cupholder

  • Carbon style pack - Giulietta Sprint

  • 6 Airbags-driver, passenger, front side and window
  • Front airbag deactivation on passenger side
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • 2 outer rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Front head restraints

  • Safety locks
  • Electronic key with remote central locking and boot release
  • Alfa code immobiliser and alarm

  • Monochrome central wheel caps

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 144

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 79.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.5
  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 52.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 56
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 59
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 25
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 3
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Sprint
  • Coin Description: JTDM-2 120
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8

  • Engine Power - BHP: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1465
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Wheelbase: 2634
  • Length: 4351
  • Width: 1798

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 500
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Solid paint: £0
  • Double electric sunroof: £1,200
  • Metallic paint: Included

  • Metallic - Misano blue: £0

  • Solid - Alfa red: £0
  • Solid - Alfa black: £0
  • Solid - Alfa white: £0

  • Leather/Alcantara - Black with sports seats + red stitching: £0

  • 18" alloy wheels with dark miron and diamond finishing: Included
  • 18" Black alloy wheels with dark miron and diamond finishing: £400

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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