For The Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM 170 Lusso comes with all the equipment you’re likely to want, while Alfa’s 2.0-litre diesel engine is strong, flexible and easy on fuel.
Against The 1.6-litre diesel is significantly cheaper to buy and far from sluggish. Rear seat space is below average.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM 170 Lusso has a fine engine, but we’d be tempted to save some money and buy the smaller diesel or one of the 1.4-litre petrols.
As with any Alfa Romeo, much of the Giulietta’s appeal lies in its distinctive styling. Look beyond that, and it’s competent, but nowhere near class-leading. It’s neither the roomiest small family hatch, nor the best to drive, but it is available with some strong engines.
The entry-level Turismo models are attractively priced, but they miss out on a few desirable items of kit, not least alloy wheels and Bluetooth. You’re better off with Lusso spec, which adds these bits plus a few others. Veloce trim is the sportier, pricier alternative, with different suspension settings and a range of cosmetic upgrades.
If you’re after something really fast, go for the Cloverleaf, which has hot-hatch power and equipment to match. You’ll need deep pockets, however, because it’s rather expensive.
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The best choice of engine in the Giulietta, and the best choice of trim. This is the Giulietta to go for.