Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review

Alfa Romeo Giulietta
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review

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It has been a long time since Alfa Romeo put a Giulietta badge on one of its cars…1985 to be precise but now its back.

It has been a long time since Alfa Romeo put a Giulietta badge on one of its cars…1985 to be precise but now its back.

The first Giulietta was launched in 1954. The engine had a twin overhead cam and a cubic capacity of 1290cc. It also had the distinction of being the smallest twin-cam motor to be made 'in such quantity'. The car was a sporty coupe and quickly became a favourite with driving enthusiasts and enthusiastic drivers alike. In 1955 a saloon was added to the range and this was closely followed by a spider version and a Giulietta estate went on sale in 1957.

In 1976 the name was resurrected for a 'new boxy saloon', powered by Alfetta engines and mated to Alfetta gearboxes, but in 1985 it was replaced by the 75 in celebration of the company's 75th anniversary.

2010 marks another anniversary as it 100 years since the A.L.F.A. company was started in Milan. The acronym stands for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, which is one to be stored away should it ever come up as a quiz question, or simply to impress your friends.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been built in celebration of this centenary and has echoes of the original sporty coupe mixed in amongst ultra modern technology. Alfa Romeo tells us that the new car has been designed to compete with the best in the C-segment and it has the credentials to prove it, with a good dollop of Alfa styling.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta sits on a brand new 'Compact Platform', which will also provide the basis of some new and surprising additions to the Alfa stable in the next couple of years.

It has the general appearance of an overgrown Alfa Romeo 147, which is no bad thing. The press blurb explains that the exterior styling "inherits much of its emotion from the 8C Competizione super car". That is something that we can all wish for but in the real world, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has to major on the practicalities of everyday motoring and has a bodystyle to match.

The front end bears the new 'floating' triangular Alfa grille and emblem with the number plate set to one side. I have never been keen on the offset number plate; I think it looks a little untidy, but that probably has more to do with conditioning and what we are used to seeing, rather than anything else.

The lower part of the grille divides the beefy air-intakes and the fog light housings, a sign of its sporty intentions, while the sharp bonnet creases and muscular wheelarches make the Alfa Romeo Giulietta look wide and low. Alfa have got ahead of the game by including a stack of LED daytime running lights within the headlight housings. These are to become a European standard in 2012.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAlfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir Lusso
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourBlack
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.8 Seconds
Top Speed 135 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban36.2 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined48.7 mpg
  
Insurance GroupTBA
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 09/07/10)£19,495

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