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The Alfa Giulietta A Modern Hatch

By Jepan Mihai

First impressions are predictably favourable. It’s a great-looking car. The “hidden” rear door handles lend it a sporty look and the new lights are pieces of modern art in their own way. They’re even more impressive at night thanks to LEDs: the rear lights, for example, have a unique spiral design you’ll only appreciate in the dark.

Alfa’s designers kept retrospective tendencies at bay when penning the Giulietta’s exterior but allowed themselves a few reminiscences inside. Notably, the silver ball on top of the gear lever and a set of toggle switches on the dashboard.

Elsewhere, it’s modern, with quality plastics covering most surfaces. Some switchgear and styling is carried over from the Alfa MiTo but the Giulietta’s cabin is higher quality. There’s plenty of space, too. It’s no coincidence the Alfa falls squarely between the Golf and Focus in overall dimensions.

Five engines will be available, including a pair of 1.4-litre petrol units, a 1.6-litre turbodiesel and a 168bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Topping off the range will be the high-performance Cloverleaf derivative, powered by a 1,750 petrol engine producing 232bhp. All engines are turbocharged.

Can the same be said of how the Giulietta drives? First impressions suggest soThe Giulietta was comfortable on the motorway and refined, though wind noise was noticeable at higher speeds. The chassis has inherent balance and loads of grip in the corners. It’s also stable under heavy braking and change of direction. Under duress, the standard electronic safety systems are deployed rapidly and they keep the car on line.

Alfa’s DNA system offers the choice between dynamic, normal and all-weather settings. t’s a good way of stretching out a few more kilometres from each litre: normal mode has a less aggressive throttle map and maximum torque is available only in dynamic mode.Find One here second hand cars Ireland

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