Used cars of the week: Alfa Romeo Giuliettas from 8k

  • Used versions of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta starting at Β£8200
  • Real-world examples
  • All part of What Car?'s Approved Used scheme
Words ByMatthew Burrow

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Alfa Romeo launched the Giulietta in 2010 to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. It's a stylish five-door hatchback that competes with its rivals on price and specification but is beaten on refinement and practicality.

Our pick of the range is the 1.4 TB Lusso. Its 1.4-litre petrol engine generate 118bhp while averaging 44mpg and emitting 149g/km of CO2. Mid-range Lusso trim comes with rear parking sensors, climate control, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. A more powerful 1.4 TB Multiair engine is also available.

If you're after a diesel-powered Giulietta, you can choose from the 1.6 JTDM which averages 64mpg and emits 114g/km of CO2 or the 2.0 JTDM which returns 60mpg and emits 124g/km of CO2.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta problems

The Giulietta is more reliable than you might expect, given Alfa Romeo's reputation. However it's worth watching out for some common issues.

Most problems concern the electrics. There are reports of the rear wiring loom failing causing issues with the rear wiper, rear door locks and rear lights.

Leaks are another issue to be aware of, particularly in the boot. Inspect the seals carefully and look for water damage to the boot floor.

The stop-start system can cause headaches, not restarting once it has stopped in traffic. Watch out for this on a test drive.

Owners also report problems with the clutch. Make sure that the gearchange is smooth.

Service intervals for petrol versions of the Giulietta are two years or 18,000 miles, while diesel versions can go for two years or 21,000 miles between services.

Here's our pick of the best Alfa Romeo Giuliettas in the What Car? approved used classifieds:

1.4 TB Multiair Lusso

The cheapest Giulietta in the What Car? classifieds is this '10/60 1.4 TB Multiair in our preferred Lusso trim. It's covered 43,500 miles and is yours for Β£8200.

1.4 TB Lusso

This '10/60 Giulietta is in our favourite specification. It has 38,000 miles on the clock and is on sale for Β£8995.

2.0 JTDM Lusso

A striking red version of the more powerful diesel Giulietta, this 2010 car has done just 34,000 miles. It's on the market for Β£9000.

1.6 JTDM Lusso

Another red Alfa but this time it's fitted with the 1.6-litre diesel engine. This '10/60 Lusso has nearly 51,000 miles on the clock and is yours for Β£9990.

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