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  • Launched in 2010
  • Family hatch
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2010
  • Body type
    Family hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Dated hatchback which lags behind

Best bits

  • Stylish medium-sized hatchback that still turns heads today
  • Alfa Romeo badge makes more of a statement than mainstream alternatives
  • Strong line-up of petrol and diesel engines

Not so great

  • Interior feels dated with harsh plastics and isn’t particularly spacious
  • Ride is uncomfortably firm, especially on models with sports suspension
  • Alfa Romeo has a questionable reliability record

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Exterior Front

Overall verdict

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Interior Front

On the inside

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Driving Side

Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Dashboard

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta

"There are lots of excellent family hatchbacks on the market - the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3 and Ford Focus to name a few. Sadly, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta isn’t one of them."

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Exterior Front

While it might turn heads with attractive looks, it has a sub-standard interior with not very nice materials and a low-quality feel. It doesn’t have practicality going for it, either. The driving position is awkward and it’s uncomfortable in the back. The boot space is also meagre and access is tricky thanks to a high boot lip. So it’s not off to a flyer...


It’s not really surprising that the Alfa Romeo Giulietta falls behind rivals in so many areas when it’s been on sale since 2010, although there have been various attempts to bring it up-to-date over the years. Unfortunately, not with much success.


The touchscreen may have been flashy when it was introduced in 2014, but now looks decidedly dated - especially the tiny 5.0-inch display on Giulietta and Super models. Speciale and Veloce trim levels come with a larger screen with sat-nav as standard, but it’s frustrating to use with old-fashioned graphics. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, either - this car’s far too old for that.


The engine line-up is at least one of the Giulietta’s strong points. Most buyers will be best opting for the 1.4-litre turbo petrol while if you’re going to be doing big miles, look at the 2.0-litre JTDM-2 diesel engine.


If sporty is your thing (this is an Alfa after all), there’s also a Veloce model, previously badged the Cloverleaf and intended to rival stuff like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. 


With a new list price of £30,000, the less said about this the better - it’s just very underwhelming, considering it has 240PS. It’s less Veloce and more Blando. To make it even more dull, there’s a 2.0-litre diesel version. We’d give both a miss.


All Alfa Giulietta models come with Alfa Romeo’s gimmicky DNA drive mode selector, giving you the choice of Dynamic, Natural and All-weather modes. The former makes it too eager to react to inputs (making it jittery and unnerving to drive), while the latter does the opposite. In short, just leave it in normal.


Although the Giulietta is pretty good to drive, the steering has about as much life as a corpse and the Alfa doesn’t corner as well as a Ford Focus. The ride is also particularly harsh, especially on models fitted with the firmer sports suspension.


The Giulietta should be fairly cheap to run, although it’s not as economical as many rival hatchbacks. High CO2 emissions make it pricey for company car drivers (and expensive in car tax for older models), while Alfa Romeo’s poor reliability record is likely to be a concern once the three-year warranty has expired.


As you might have gathered, the Giulietta has very little going for it. It wasn’t as good as rivals when it was new in 2010 and unlike a fine wine, it hasn’t got better with age... It's certainly not one of the best hatchbacks you can buy right now. 

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1.4 TB MultiAir 150 Speciale 5dr

  • 2016
  • 57,121 miles
  • South West Nissan Barnstaple
  • Devon, EX311HN
Price:£9,986
HP: £271.78/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £271.78, Customer Deposit: £1,497.00, Total Deposit: £1,497.90, Total Charge For Credit: £1,295.98, Total Amount Payable: £11,281.98, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.09%

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1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT

  • 2017
  • 34,000 miles
  • Steven Eagell Toyota Bedford
  • MK438PT
Price:£10,992
PCP: £187.92/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £187.92, Customer Deposit: £1,648.00, Total Deposit: £1,648.80, Optional Final Payment: £3,713.00, Total Charge For Credit: £947.00, Total Amount Payable: £11,939.00, Representative APR: 4.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 3.38%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta right for you?

You should only give the Alfa Romeo Giulietta consideration if you want a stylish hatch that’s a bit different to everything else. 


As a hatchback, it's compromised - it puts styling above everything else, but the advantage of that is a car that still looks great after 10 years of production. It sells in relatively small numbers, meaning you’re unlikely to be shown up by another one in the supermarket car park. The Alfa Romeo badge is still a desirable one, too, and a bit classier than a Ford or Vauxhall.


If you’re after a hatchback that’s great to drive, the Giulietta could fit the bill. The trade-off is a firm ride, plus it’s not as enjoyable as a Ford Focus. It’s better than most though, such as the snooze fest that is the Vauxhall Astra.


What’s the best Alfa Romeo Giulietta model/engine to choose

The entry-level Giulietta is fairly basic, while the Speciale model is expensive and comes with sports suspension which ruins the ride. We reckon the Super model is the sweet spot in the range,as it comes with rear parking sensors, cruise control and front fog lights. There’s even a cooled glove box to keep your tiramisu chilled.


We reckon the 1.4-litre petrol will suit the majority of buyers. Even the entry-level 120PS version is decent, offering surprisingly peppy performance, although go for one of the more powerful engines if you regularly drive out of town. If you’re a seasoned motorway mile muncher, the diesel is the obvious choice - the 1.6-litre is cheap to run.


Then there’s the hot-hatch-rivalling Veloce model, which is available with a powerful 240PS petrol and rivals things like Focus ST and Golf GTI. It’s expensive and simply isn’t good enough compared to the competition.


What other cars are similar to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta?

There are some excellent family hatches on the market - the majority of which better the Giulietta in most areas. The Ford Focus is better to drive and offers good value for money, while the Volkswagen Golf’s interior is in another league entirely. 


A Mazda 3 should be on your shortlist if you’re looking for a left-field choice with attractive looks, while the Toyota Auris or Corolla are reliable choices with hybrid engines. Then there’s the ultra-dependable Honda Civic, which would be our choice here. If it’s dependability you want, look at a Kia Ceed.


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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Interior Front

On the inside

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Driving Side

Driving

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Exterior Back

How much does it cost to run

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review: Dashboard

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta a good family car?

It might be one of the more attractive used family cars, but the Alfa Romeo Giulietta can't compete with rivals like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. While the engines are pretty decent, it's let down by a poor interior and limited boot space.

Phil Hall

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Is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta reliable?

While there have been no significant recalls or major problems reported, some newer cars have suffered from some non-engine related electrical problems. These have been focused around the sat-nav and air-con, as well as the stop-start system working intermittently.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Has the Alfa Romeo Giulietta been discontinued?

Earlier in 2021 the Giulietta was taken off sale after 11 years in the Alfa Romeo range. There's no new Giulietta replacing the existing model, with Alfa instead launching a mid-size SUV to replace it and will be called the Tonale.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

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