The Giulietta’s pedals are all at different heights, which means it’s more difficult than it should be to move from one to another, while the clutch is very close to the centre console, so you can’t rest your left foot alongside. To make matters worse, the seats don’t hold you in place particularly well and the steering wheel is too high, even when it’s in its lowest setting. At least the dashboard controls are reasonably simple to use.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta visibility
Forward visibility isn’t too bad, but the front pillars are thick and can obstruct your view slightly at junctions. The Giulietta’s sporty lines give it rather small windows at the side and rear, and over-the-shoulder visibility is rather compromised as a result.
All models come with electrically heated door mirrors, and rear parking sensors are standard for all but the entry-level model, which can be specified with them for a reasonable price. Automatic headlights and wipers are standard for the top three trim levels, while QV Line and the Quadrifoglio Verde both have front parking sensors as standard. Adaptive xenon headlights are a pricey option for all models.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta infotainment
All Giuliettas come with Alfa’s Uconnect system, which uses a touchscreen to control most of the entertainment and information functions. You get a 5.0-inch version for lower-spec models and a 6.5-inch version that includes satellite-navigation on higher-spec cars.
It’s not as quick to respond as some similar systems, but there are handy shortcut buttons at the sides of the screen. It’s mounted within easy reach high up on the dash.
DAB radio is standard for all models, as are Bluetooth connectivity with voice control. USB and auxiliary input sockets are standard across the range, too – their location at the base of the centre console is less convenient than it sounds, because the dire shortage of storage space means that there’s nowhere handy to put a phone or MP3 player when it’s plugged in.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta build quality
The Giulietta looks classy on the outside, but its cabin doesn’t quite cut the mustard. It’s stylish and solid enough, but the materials and finish aren’t as good as those in premium-badge rivals such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. Styling apart, the Giulietta doesn’t feel any more special inside than any of its mainstream counterparts.
The plastics in the lower part of the cabin are pretty hard and unappealing, for example, while the switchgear doesn’t have the weighty, finely engineered feel of some rivals.