As I have mentioned, there are four trim levels for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta: Tourismo, Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf.
As I have mentioned, there are four trim levels for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta: Tourismo, Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf. All except the very sporty Cloverleaf have Stop/Start technology, 6 airbags, ISOFIX anchors in the rear seats, height-adjustable driver's seat, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, electric windows all round and LED lights. The base model also includes a CD/radio with MP3 compatibility and six speakers, a multifunctional trip computer and manual air conditioning. Behind the rake and reach-adjustable steering wheel, with chrome grey garnishing to match the trim inserts, are sports dials with red illumination, while outside, the mirrors are in the same colour as the body.
When it comes to body colours there is a choice of nine colours only one of which is solid and that is black. Included in the list are a special Ghiaccio White and an Exclusive colour, 8C Red. Metallic or Mica paint adds £490 to the price as does the special White; the 8C red, however is £1,750 extra.
The Lusso adds fog lights, an alarm system, chrome effect window sills, cruise control extra storage behind the front seats, height adjustment for the front passenger, Blue&Me hands free with voice recognition and media player, plus USB socket, dual-zone automatic climate control and 16-inch alloys. It also has the Visibility Pack, which comprises automatic wipers and lights, electrochromic rear view mirror, a tinted band at the top of the windscreen and AQS, which stands for Air Quality System.
These two comprise the 'comfort' models and the first of the more sporty cars is the Veloce and to prove it is sporty, it displays side skirts and rides on sports suspension. On top of the Lusso spec., it offers darkened headlights, darkened interior lining, aluminium kick plates and pedals, sports dials with white illumination leather and microfibre upholstery and 17-inch alloys, amongst other things but it doesn't have the Visibility Pack.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf, however, does, along with the famous Cloverleaf badges, lowered suspension and bright red brake callipers visible behind the 18-inch alloys, with a dark titanium finish. Prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta range from £16,995 to £22,495 before you start on the extras, of which there are plenty, including two sat-nav systems one of which is integrated and rises out of the top of the dashboard.
There are five Euro V compliant engines, the most powerful of which is the 1750TBi. Alfa claims that this turbocharged unit offers more horsepower and torque per litre than any other four cylinder petrol engine in this class of car; 235bhp at 5500rpm and between 300 and 350Nm of torque depending on the driving mode, more of which later.
At the other end of the scale there is a 1.4 petrol engine. It is labelled the 'entry point' but with a turbocharger on board it produces 120bhp at 5000rpm and 206Nm down at 1750rpm. The same engine with MultiAir technology produces 170bhp at 5500and between 230 and 250Nm at around 2250rpm but again, it depends on the driving mode.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MultiAir Lusso|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||135 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||61.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 09/07/10)||£19,495|