Alfa (diesel model)

Oldham Advertiser - - MOTORING -

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

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