The Giulietta has a wide range of engines, and even the least powerful ones gives decent performance. Petrol fans can choose from 1.4s with either 118, 148 or 168bhp, or a 237bhp 1.7 that’s fast enough to frighten all but the hottest hatches. Of the petrols we’d stick to the cheapest 118bhp 1.4, which revs keenly and gets from 0-62mph in a perky 9.4sec.
However the best engine in the range is the 118bhp 1.6-diesel. It’s not overtly rapid, but offers plenty of useful mid-range punch so it’s relaxing to drive. The 2.0-litre diesels with either 148 or 172bhp are fast, but for most people the 1.4 will do the
All Giuliettas have Alfa’s DNA ‘driving mode selector’, which changes the reactions of the engine, brakes and accelerator according to Dynamic, Natural and All-weather settings at the flick of a switch. It’s little more than a gimmick; the accelerator is too sensitive in Dynamic mode and reacts incredibly slowly in All-weather.