2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review [Video]

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta first made an appearance all the way back in the classic era of the 1950’s. In its modern day guise this focus sized hatchback has been once again revamped with greater refinement, clever technology, a smarter feel and its upgraded super-eco-friendly 2.0ltr diesel engine. Can this 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta muster all its Italian charms challenge againist the domineering German competition out there?

Alfa Romeo is in the midst of revamping the brand for the modern market. The challenge here is doing this without losing its niche uncompromising sports car appeal that people know and love. This is a family hatch that walks to a different drumbeat compared to the dull and functional norm of this class.

front view of 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The general design gives off the idea that it’s actually a re-proportioned 5 door Alfa Romeo MiTo and in fairness a lot of the features are very similar. We still have an unconventional design that’s had a subtle face lift. The distinctive Alfa Romeo shield shaped grille (revamped as with any upgrade) still dominates the front end of a car that blends lots of curves and sharp edges. There are now a wider range of colours, a bit more chrome and smarter alloy wheels. This ensures that it sticks out like a wolf in a chicken hutch compared to the other duller function-based family hatchbacks. The front cabin of the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is noticeably nicer with redesigned elements such as new ‘enveloping’ seats (which provide much more support), panels, dashboard – which now incorporate the new Uconnect infotainment system (with Bluetooth, voice recognition, text to speak capability, audio streaming and optional satnav).

The downsides here are that the pedals of the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta are a bit too close; the rear visibility is a bit impaired by the aforementioned chunky pillars and putting the seat back is a bit awkward when belted up. That being said, the rough edges are very characteristic of the Alfa Brand. You will forget about the mild flaws if you spend enough time in this car. All that aside, it still feels like a very special car to be inside (especially with the optional sports leather upholstery) with great style controls and dials. In the back, you’ll be surprised to find that there isn’t as much room as you’d think for a car of this size and the back can feel a bit dark thanks to the thick pillars and sloping window line. However, it should be reasonably comfortable for most. The boot opens up (via the badge which doubles as the boot release – very nifty) to a competitive 315ltrs of cargo space (although the luggage may have to be lifted in a bit due to the high lip) which is very practical too with hooks, a handy recess for your enjoyment. When extended by dropping the rear bench, this adds up to 750ltrs.

The underpinnings of the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta, as with previous models, are those of Fiat origin, but you’ll be pleased to know that the engineering and its unique looks are very Alfa specific. The ride is actually one of the best things about this car. It’s supple and bares excellent body control around corners and some extra refinement. In fact you could say that the little changes all over are noticeable. The engine range for the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is impressive emphasising small turbocharged units. The entry level is the 120bhp 1.4ltr TB engine followed by the 170bhp 1.4ltr MultiAir unit, the same used in the top of the range MiTo hot hatch and the petrol engine of choice for the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta (0-62 in 7.6 seconds/top speed of 135mph) which boasts some brilliant torque for rapid overtaking as well as some impressive running costs. On the diesel side of things we have the 105bhp 1.6ltr JTDM2 engine (11.3/115mph) and a new and impressive 150bhp 2.0ltr JTDM2 (8.8secs/130mph) which are both on the heavier side of things (adding up to 30kg extra to the front end) but still manage to provide an engaging drive. They are far cleaner and sip fuel better than before and the 2.0ltr comes with a fantastic set of injectors which can inject fuel 8 times per piston stroke – this basically makes the fuel constant. There is also a 175bhp variant of this engine (7.8secs/136mph). At the top of the range we have the 237bhp 1.75ltr QV turbodiesel hot hatch model which uses an engine that was originally developed for the marvellous Alfa Romeo 4C sports car, meaning that it can bust out the 0-62 in 6.0 seconds.

There are also some great features on the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta brought over from the development of the MiTo such as the DNA (Dynamic, Normal and All weather) selectable driving mode system. This works from a rocker switch and allows you to alter the throttle, transmission, steering assist, stability control and gear change timings for whatever road you’re on. It probably works better in this car and you can really notice the difference in things like the steering which is so much sharper in Dynamic mode. The Q2 differential setup also ensures that the car is kept planted through even the tightest of corners, which, combined with its good grip, truly gives you the ability to just enjoy the ride this 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta can give you.

side view of 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

All in all, what do we have here with the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta? Alfa Romeo are slowly turning their game around with their new line up and this Giulietta, despite a slow start, has defied expectations. It’s built well, cheap to run and boasts good safety features, more practicality and a plusher cabin. As always, the key with this Alfa is always going to be the styling. It’s certainly got a distinctive look both inside and out that stands it out from the crowd. It’s not perfect for sure, but it is a welcome break from the norm that makes you think twice between the leviathan of highly efficient German engineering and the quirky, sporty Italian machine we have in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

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Andrew Kirkley
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  • 31st October 2014

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