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Alfa Romeo Giulietta review

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta
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4 Sep 2016 22:00 | Last updated: 18 Oct 2018 11:27

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback driving position

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 it. 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 hatchback 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 compromised as a result.

All models come with electrically heated door mirrors, while rear parking sensors are standard for all bar the entry-level version; front sensors are added if you go for the Speciale trim and above. Automatic headlights and wipers are standard on most trims, while adaptive xenon headlights are a pricey option for all models.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback 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 5.0in version for lower-spec models and a 6.5in version that includes satellite-navigation in 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 is 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 there’s nowhere handy to put a phone or MP3 player when it’s plugged in.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback build quality

The Giulietta looks classy on the outside, but its interior 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 aside, 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'.

 

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There are 7 trims available for the Giulietta hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
GIULIETTA
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 Blueto...View trim
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Tecnica
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 infotainme...View trim
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Sport
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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. \n\n...View trim
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Nero Edizione
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Speciale
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, hei...View trim
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Veloce
Flagship model comes only with the most powerful engine and a semi-automatic gearbox. You also get lowered sports suspension and twin exhaust tailpipes...View trim
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