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Alfa Romeo’s new Giulietta recently made its debut in South Africa, offering a choice of turbocharged petrol engines and Magneti Marelli-engineered exhaust, suspension and powertrain systems configured to offer a sporty drive.
Though overshadowed in the sales race by rivals such as Volkswagen’s Golf and Audi’s A3, the Alfa’s bold design, nimble disposition and racing heritage help to make it an option worth looking at in the premium compact stakes. In this respect, the brand’s spokesmen are adamant that the new model represents a significant improvement over its forerunner.
In the metal the model retains its accustomed sleekness – its nose shaped to retain the traditional Alfa trefoil but made all the more distinctive by incorporation of a one-of-a-kind honeycomb grille. Interestingly, the car bears an updated Alfa badge, which has been modernised while retaining styling elements that have helped to make it a world famous emblem. Burnished headlights, reworked bumper inserts, one-of-a-kind alloy rims and oblique tailpipes complete the look.
The line-up has been limited to three trim levels – Giulietta, Giulietta Super and Giulietta Veloce, the last named representing the sportiest configuration thanks to carbon-look and anthracite accents for headlights and fog light surrounds, grille, mirrors and door handles.
On the inside, sports seats feature a combination of leather and Alcantara, the integrated head restraints embellished with contrasting red stitching and the Alfa Romeo name. A leather-wrapped steering wheel features similar stitching detail while the dashboard surround and door panels get a carbon-look finish complemented by matt grey inserts.
By contrast, Giulietta versions feature grey and black fabric seats, a dashboard in matt black, a leather-covered steering wheel and black inserts on the tunnel and door pulls. The Super trim level encompasses similarly clad, competizione-styled seats and technological features such as dual-zone automatic climate control and cruise control. Premium leather-covered seats are available on both trim levels as an option.
Alfa Performance, a hi-tech feature designed to enhance the driving experience by employing an array of digital gauges and instruments to measure behind the wheel performance, also makes its debut. Interestingly, the data recorded can be downloaded to a smartphone.
In terms of engines, the line-up offers the choice of three turbocharged, petrol-powered units – the 1,4 Turbo, the 1,4 Turbo MultiAir and the 1750 Turbo, the latter two plants mated with Alfa’s Twin Clutch Transmission (TCT). A road test of the model will be posted shortly.
Giulietta 1,4 Turbo R319 900
Giulietta Super 1,4 Turbo R362 900
Giulietta Super 1,4 Turbo TCT R412 900
Giulietta Veloce 1750 Turbo TCT R479 900