The Giulietta, arguably the most popular vehicle under the Alfa Romeo brand, has been praised for a number of reasons. Consumers love its fresh styling and impressive fuel economy. Automotive experts commend its powerful engine and respectable torque. In truth, the Giulietta offers such a perfect cocktail of verve, sophistication, and drivability that nearly everyone will find something to love about it.
Australian consumers who are looking for something more than the low-priced, low-performance vehicles sold by other auto makers are discovering that the Giulietta exceeds their expectations. Here are the top 5 features that have caught their attention.
All versions of the vehicle come with a feisty, turbocharged engine. All but the Quadrifoglio Verde come standard with Alfa Romeo's 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged MultiAir petrol engine. It's worth noting that this engine was designated the "International Best New Engine Of The Year" in 2010. The Quadrifoglio Verde comes standard with a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine.
A 2.0-litre uniJet Turbo Diesel can be installed as an option on the Progressive and Distinctive models.
All Giulietta models come stock with a 6-speed manual transmission. Because the transmission is manipulated manually, the driver has a direct influence in its operation. Whether you're opening up the engine on a long stretch of road or driving in stop-and-go city traffic, the gearbox can handle the challenge efficiently.
Alfa Romeo also makes available a 6-speed twin clutch semi-automatic transmission. It employs two gearboxes that ensure ongoing traction and torque while shifting. The result is a smoother, safer ride with more control.
The aforementioned MultiAir engine is outfitted with Alfa Romeo's Start & Stop technology. This feature shuts off the Giulietta's engine when the car stops moving. Then, when you engage the accelerator, the feature turns the engine back on. It happens automatically, lowering your fuel consumption and harmful emissions.
The Start & Stop feature can be deactivated at will.
A quick glance at the Giulietta can be deceiving. Its streamlined, compact design suggests there's very little room in the passenger compartment and boot. In reality, the vehicle is roomy enough to ensure comfort for both driver and passenger. It also comes with a spacious 350-litre boot to stow your belongings.
The vehicle exudes confidence with a sleek exterior that hints at an understated strength. A contoured shape, complete with an aerodynamic spoiler, underscores the Giulietta's modern demeanour and technological excellence. Meanwhile, large headlights in the front, combined with a classic hatch in the rear, invoke an almost nostalgic sense of tradition.
To be sure, looks alone are never a good reason to buy a performance vehicle. But given that the Giulietta also boasts a robust, fuel-conserving engine, an advanced twin clutch transmission, and plenty of interior space, its success is unsurprising. Visit an authorised dealer and see for yourself why a growing number of Australian consumers are choosing the Giulietta over other vehicles in its class.