Alfa (diesel model)
REGULAR readers will recall we test drove the very pretty Alfa Giulietta early last year and discovered what those Top Gear TV chaps have been saying about Alfas for years is actually true.
The car inspired ‘passion’ and seemed to have that Alfa ‘soul’ viewers have heard so much about.
So when we got the chance to drive the ‘refreshed’ 2014 Giulietta it was a very welcome opportunity to see the improvements made.
Also our last car was the impressive 1.4 Sportiva version, which managed to squeeze a 0-62 time of 7.8 seconds and a 135-mph top speed from its modest power plant, while returning up to 61mpg.
This time we got our hands on the 1.6 JTD diesel model in lower ‘Distinctive’ trim (Alfa has revised the range with four trim levels – Progression, Distinctive, Exclusive and Sportiva Nav) so our car was towards the bottom of the range.
The main changes outside are a new front grille design, revised front fog light bezels, new alloy wheel designs and new exterior colours.
Inside there are more extensive revisions.
Under the bonnet every engine in the Giulietta range benefits from improved efficiency and lower emissions, bringing even lower fuel bills.
In the case of our 1.6 JTD (which puts out 105bhp) that means a very impressive 83mpg extra urban and 70.6 on the combined cycle.
However, performance is not compromised as, in ‘dynamic’ mode, the car still feels very sporty, certainly more so than the 0-62 time of 11.3 seconds and top speed of 115 would suggest.
The standard 1.6 JTD Distinctive is £20,420.
Prices for the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range start at £18,235 for the 1.4 TB 120hp Progression, while the diesel range starts at £19,170 for the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp Progression.
●● The Alfa Giulietta has been ‘refreshed’ for 2014