Alfa’s emotional rescue
Alfa Romeo slows its fiery heart as it finds the market’s common ground
THE map of the human heart contains a topography of passion, pain, pride and prejudice. It outlines all the emotions of owning an Alfa Romeo.
The latest map from the Italian, however, marks a different route than those previously followed. Its new car, the five-door family-sized Giulietta, details an Alfa that has less of the pain and prejudice, more of the pride, and invokes almost as much passion as its predecessors.
The third incarnation of the Giulietta nameplate is undoubtedly beautiful, surprisingly functional, has elements that indicate durability but in becoming a better car, had to give up some of its larrikin ways.
It’s more for the family but it still goes like stink.
Not cheap. The Giulietta (pronounced Julietta, as if you have to be told) is tested here as the top-spec QV— Quadrifoglio Verde— is $41,990 plus on-road costs.
Comparing that to its rivals (see facing page) shows it up as being a bit expensive. But take the feature list into account and it’s reasonable value for money.
Standard gear includes the turbo engine, six-speed manual — sorry, no auto for the QV— and a really sophisticated, tight and beautifully tieddown chassis.
Safety is paramount, there’s a Bose audio to rip your ears off, 18-inch spidery black alloys to make your eyes water and a top-notch infotainment unit.
The QV gets a turbo-petrol engine but there’s a cheaper Giulietta with a clever 1.4-litre with solenoids controlling the intake valves. Smart.
The QV is less technically endowed in the engine