2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift revealed

Refreshed version of Alfa Romeo's family hatchback will go on sale in the UK in April...

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift revealed

The facelifted version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been revealed, and will go on sale in the UK in April following its public debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show.

What is it?

This latest version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta receives very light styling updates, with most new features focused around the nose of the car. New additions include a honeycomb grille, back bumper inserts and subtle changes to the front headlights, all of which are designed to bring the Giulietta more into line with the Giulia saloon.

What engines can I choose from?

Many of the Giulietta's engines are carried over, and the 1.6-litre JDTm diesel can now be had with the optional TCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox (it's already an option on the 168bhp 1.4-litre Multiair and 173bhp 2.0-litre JDm engines). 

The most popular engine choice in the Giulietta range is the 1.6-litre JDTm diesel, which can return up to 74.3mpg when coupled to a manual gearbox, while emitting 99g/km of CO2

Veloce cars get a 237bhp 1750TB engine, the same unit that powers Alfa Romeo's 4C coupe.

What equipment does it come with?

The current line-up of seven trim levels is being reorganised. The entry-level version of the car is simply called Giulietta, with Super, Tenica, Speciale and Veloce models sitting above it. All versions of the car come with an improved Uconnect infotainment system, which now offers smartphone connectivity. The base model's standard equipment list also includes a leather steering wheel, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and air conditioning.

Super trim adds dual-zone climate control, cruise control, front fog lights and upgraded seats, while Tecnica models receive satellite navigation and parking sensors at the front and rear. Speciale models get stiffer suspension, uprated brakes, a subtle exterior body kit, larger alloy wheels and leather and Alcantara seats.

Veloce models are the fastest in the range, and replace the old Quadrifoglio Verde cars. Their kit list is similar to that of Speciale models.

How much does it cost?

The facelifted Alfa Romeo Giulietta range starts at £18,450 - the same as the current car. Full pricing hasn't been revealed yet, but we expect prices for some models to rise slightly to reflect the changes that have been made in equipment levels.

How good are its rivals?

Mass-market rivals for the Giulietta include the Audi A3, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Golf. All are well regarded, although the Alfa Romeo has niche appeal on its side.