Big Brother - The Giulietta

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is essentially a larger version of the MiTo which drives well and offers the distinctive styling that is the trademark of the Italian motor manufacturer. There’s a decent range of engines and most versions are well priced and equipped. It is a perfect model for someone looking for a little more room than the MiTo provides.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Car Review Summary

It will come as no surprise to those familiar with Alfa Romeo to discover they have made the Giulietta gorgeous to look at with distinctive styling and elegant lines offering something a bit different from the norm.
The car also sports a strong range of engines under the bonnet – all of which are turbocharged – with a good level of performance assured even from the less powerful ones.
Those who prefer petrol can choose from 1.4-litres with either 118bhp or 168bhp, or a 231bhp 1.7-litre that’s fast enough to give all but the most sizzling of hot hatches a run for their money. The diesels, meanwhile, are a 103bhp 1.6-litre and a 168bhp 2.0-litre, with the smaller engine in particular demonstrating remarkable flexibility and pulling power.


The Alfa Romeo Giulietta offers plenty of space up front but things are a little different in the back where room for knees and heads is tighter than it should be.
There’s some useful storage space for the bits and bobs a family accumulates between the front seats and the boot is a good size and shape.
The Giulietta is extremely competitive on price compared to its key rivals and it should hold its value well if it follows the pattern set by its smaller brother the Mito. The Giulietta won’t break the bank when it comes to fuel economy while reasonable carbon dioxide emissions should leave the car under the radar of the green brigade.
The driver benefits from a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment that makes it relatively simple to find a comfortable driving position, but the clutch pedal is very close to the centre console, so it is not possible to rest your left foot alongside. Rear visibility is adequate rather than outstanding but the controls for the stereo and air conditioning are simplicity itself to see and use.

Life Style

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a looker with a classy exterior that turns heads wherever it goes. The interior is equally as good as it’s solidly built and puts to use good quality materials.
The Giulietta is pleasing to drive with the nimbleness of a ballerina thanks to decent body control and neat steering which gives plenty of information as to what is happening on the road.
The car offers three settings – Dynamic, Normal and All Weather – depending on what sort of drive is required. Dynamic is the most fun, Normal is best for pootling around town while All Weather prepares the car for the most difficult grip conditions altering its active safety systems to account for the dangerous road surface. The ride is pretty supple at all speeds.
Refinement is good as all the engines are smooth with an appealing growl when worked hard. Some wind noise builds up around the door mirrors when the speed rises, but against that road noise is well contained.
Alfa is keen to give the Giulietta decent green credentials so start stop technology and long gearing ratios are part of the car’s armoury.

Security and Safety

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta comes with deadlocks and marked parts on every version, while Lusso models and above boast an alarm.
Safety is well taken care of with electronic aids such as stability control – plus front, side and curtain airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints – fitted as standard. The Giulietta was also awarded one of the best ever safety scores in Euro NCAP crash tests.

The Finishing Touches

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta sports four different trim levels. The entry-level Turismo cars come with air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows and an engine stop-start system. Upgrade to the Lusso spec and alloy wheels, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and Bluetooth are thrown into the mix while Veloce models add sports suspension and sportier trim. The flagship Cloverleaf offers an even sportier suspension set-up and a host of cosmetic upgrades that help to justify its hot hatch status. Satellite navigation is available but it’s worth checking whether the software allows searches by postcode as there have been complaints that some packages only offer destination searches by street name and number.