But it’s still not a red-letter day for the cut-price Giulietta
MOVING from motoring mystique to mass-market player is going to be a tough sell for Alfa Romeo. Carving the price of the Giulietta hatch is a good start, given the fivedoor is the most mainstream model on sale in Australia now. In 1.7-litre turbo ‘‘ QuadVerde’’ guise, it is also maintains the Alfa tradition of being an engaging drive.
A new starting price of $29,350 for the base Distinctive model with a 1.4-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission is $7640 less than it was a couple of months ago. That follows negotiations with head office as the new factory-backed Australian operation works to align the Italian-built car with VW-badged rivals.
The QV discount is a more modest $2840 to put the rangetopping Alfa at $39,150, just under the equivalent Golf GTI.
Included are six-speaker Bose sound system, voice-operated Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, sports suspension and auto lights and wipers. The optional satnav adds a dash-mounted TomTom screen.
It’s only been a couple of years since the Giulietta hit the world stage, so nothing beyond the interior is showing signs of age. The engine has direct injection to maximise output and the resultant 340Nm provides plenty of kick, with a 0-100km/ h time of just 6.8 seconds.
It is complemented by a DNA drive mode lever that adjusts engine and throttle mapping and the parameters of the electronic diff that determines what the front wheels are doing. Switching from Normal to Dynamic is immediately felt through the feet and seat of the pants— and seen in the engine’s thirst — but is justified as soon as the road starts winding. The allweather feature is only likely to
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curve, the cabin engages