The Giulietta is reasonably priced and most models are slightly cheaper than the equivalent Audi or BMW equivalents. Residual values aren’t as strong as those of German rivals, but generous dealer discounts and tempting finance deals are the norm.
Running costs for most models are competitive, although the most efficient version is the 1.6-litre diesel. Company car drivers will enjoy tax-efficient CO2 emission of 99g/km, while the claimed average economy of 74.3mpg will satisfy private buyers, or anyone who pays for their own fuel for that matter. That stacks up in the real world too, with both petrol and diesel models doing particularly well in our True MPG tests.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta equipment
All Giulietta models come with decent standard kit. Entry-level models (badged Giulietta) are at least on a par with most rivals and come with air-conditioning, 16in alloy wheels, DAB radio, four electric windows and Bluetooth. It’s not too much of a price jump to Super and we think it’s worth it because it adds things that many buyers will expect, such as dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control and a height-adjustable passenger’s seat.
Tecnica trim is mainly for business buyers. It’s got everything that lesser models have, plus metallic paint, privacy glass, auto lights and wipers and power-folding door mirrors. What’s more you get the 6.5in infotainment that includes sat-nav, but bear in mind if you’re a private buyer finance options are limited.
There are two sporty versions. Speciale versions come with 18in alloys, part-Alcantara trim, front and rear parking sensors, and sporty interior and exterior detailing. The flagship Veloce model comes with the most powerful engine, and lowered sports suspension and twin exhaust tailpipes to match.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta reliability
Alfa’s reliability record is poor; the brand finished near the bottom of the pile in our most recent (2013) reliability survey in association with Warranty Direct. The Giulietta finished near the bottom of all the cars featured in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey, too, and the Alfa Romeo brand finished second from bottom. This is a crucial area where the manufacturer lets itself down badly.
The Giulietta’s warranty is a fairly run-of-the-mill 36-month, unlimited mileage affair.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta safety & security
Stability control, front, side and curtain airbags, and active anti-whiplash front head restraints are all fitted as standard. Stability control, front, side and curtain airbags, and active anti-whiplash front head restraints are all fitted as standard. What’s more, the Giulietta was awarded a five-star score in its Euro NCAP crash test when it was rated back in 2010.
However, since then crash tests have become more stringent. Now they take in to account the availability of modern safety equipment such as autonomous emergency city braking, which disappointingly, isn’t available on the Giulietta, even as an option.
Every version gets deadlocks and marked parts, while all models apart from the entry Giulietta trim comes with an alarm and immobiliser.
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Entry-level model comes with 16in alloy wheels, air-con, all-round electric windows and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. You also have a 5.0in infotainment touchscreen with a DAB radio and Bluetooth, but you don’t get an alarm or immobiliser.
Our pick Super
Covers the needs of most people with everything the Giulietta trim gets plus rear parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and a front centre armrest.
Ideal for business users that do loads of miles. Comes with metallic paint, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and height adjustment for both front seats. Add to that the upgraded infotainment with a 6.5in screen and sat-nav, power-fold door mirrors, and auto light and wipers. Can be ordered by private buyers, but finance options are limited.
The sportier version with larger 18in alloy wheels and a bodykit on the outside, plus part-Alcantara trim on the inside. Luxuries include a 6.5in infotainment system with sat-nav and DAB radio, height-adjustable front seats, power-fold door mirrors and auto lights and wipers.
Flagship model comes only with the most powerful engine and a semi-automatic gearbox. You also get lowered sports suspension and twin exhaust tailpipes.