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Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 MultiAir review

Alfa Romeo's new VW Golf rival, the Giulietta, has plenty of talent

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from £19,000
  • Has the equivalent Golf covered
  • It's an Alfa for your head, not your heart

The new Giulietta is Alfa’s answer to VW’s Golf. Whether the Italian company can build a true rival to the GTI you can discover just to the right. Here, though, we have the slightly more affordable 1.4 MultiAir, and it’s a thoroughly appealing package.

An efficient yet gutsy turbo petrol engine is mated to a chassis that boasts a supple ride and sharp handling. The result is a driving experience close to that of a Golf TSI; very impressive and capable, if lacking some of the visceral thrills you associate with Alfas past.

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The 168bhp turbocharged engine is more joyous than VW’s comparable ‘twin-charger’ 1.4 unit. It encourages you to hang on to gears longer and use the whole rev- range rather than just surfing the low-down torque, and while it never sounds fantastic, it’s certainly involving. It’s a better choice than the 2-litre JTDm diesel we also tried, which offers identical power and an extra 74lb ft of torque but feels quite staid.

Another note: Alfa offers two chassis set‑ups, Standard and Sport. The former rides on 16in wheels and is the suppler, more compliant choice. The latter is a tad firmer on 17s but makes the car look significantly better. Your call…

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1368cc, turbo
Max power168bhp @ 5500rpm
Max torque184lb ft @ 2500rpm
0-607.8mph (claimed)
Top speed135mph (claimed)
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