It is hard not to be seduced by the latest Alfa-Romeo Giulietta, because here is a Golf class car that offers style and panache but also excellent build quality, five-star safety as well as the much needed (in Europe particularly) emissions and economy.
Our Giulietta 1.4 Multi-air test vehicle was fitted with the optional leather upholstery rather than the stand Sport cloth which adds an even more premium feel to the cabin. The leather seats are detailed with red stitching across the base and the seat backs of all the seats with the Alfa-Romeo crest embroidered onto the head rest facings for the driver and front passenger. Small details which just make the car feel even more special and unique.
Other amenities include Climate air-conditioning, Bluetooth telephone integration, as well as the Blue & Me system (which amongst its other many features will read text messages aloud) cruise control and cup holders in an Italian car, finally.
Ironically, in true Italian style the Giulietta also provides a cigarette lighter and cylindrical ash can which neatly sits in one of the cup-holder indents in the central console. There is also a flip-up arm rest for the driver which is neatly integrated into the side of the passenger seat.
While Giulietta 1.4 Multi-air engine will only be available initially with the slick shifting six-speed manual transmission for $46,990 a six-speed twin-clutch (TCT) version as used in the MiTo compact hatch will arrive mid –year which should boost Alfas sales in our predominantly two-pedal market.
Built on the Fiat Groups new compact platform the new Giulietta has six different suspension settings to suit the various markets that it will be sold in.
While the larger turbocharged 1750cc Giulietta QV receives a sports suspension package which almost rattles your fillings, the Giulietta 1.4 Multi-air has a softer set-up but it is no less sporting in character and maintains a firm grip on the road. Ride comfort is excellent even over the worst New Zealand road conditions. We feel the 1.4 Giulietta is the best compromise for those people wanting a sporty car without a bone shaking ride. It still has that zippy, wheel-at-each corner, nimble handling so beloved of the brand.
Body type Five-door hatch
ABS Brakes Yes
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Friday, 30 March 2012