The Giulietta has a wide range of engines and even the least powerful ones give decent performance. Petrol fans can choose from a 1.4-litre unit with either 118bhp, 148bhp or 168bhp, or a 237bhp 1.7-litre engine that’s fast enough to frighten all but the hottest hatches. Of these, 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-litre 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 148bhp or 172bhp are fast but, for most people, the 1.6 will do the job.
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, though; the accelerator is too sensitive in Dynamic mode and reacts incredibly slowly in All-weather.