Currently reading: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sport added to line-up as warm hatch
118bhp means it’s no more powerful, but updated equipment and exterior styling at least make it look sporty
Jimi Beckwith
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2 mins read
7 February 2018

Alfa Romeo has introduced the Giulietta Sport to the hatchback’s line-up, as a warm version of the standard car. 

Although no performance upgrades are applied, the Giulietta Sport gets 17in five-hole alloy wheels and a sporty body kit, with red exterior trim marking out the model. The blue paint usually reserved for the Veloce model is also available. 

Enlarged exhausts also feature, while on the inside, equipment has been bolstered with a leather steering wheel, cruise control, a 5in touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system and a front armrest.

It’s available with either Fiat Chrysler’s 1.4-litre TB engine with 118bhp, or a 1.6-litre JTDM-2 unit with the same power. The former starts at £20,965, putting the Sport just above the entry-level car in the Giulietta line-up. Sales have already begun.

The 0-62mph time is unchanged over the standard Giulietta, at 9.4sec for the petrol and 10sec for the diesel, placing performance in league with the 1.4-litre TSI and 1.6-litre TDI-engined versions of the Volkswagen Golf, with pricing to rival SE-spec cars. An Alfa Romeo spokesman said: "In a competitive segment the Giulietta Sport offers customers a higher spec car, with even more eye catching design at a compelling price point."

Alfa Romeo had a considerably better January than the rest of its FCA stablemates, with only a 2.5% fall in registrations across the month compared with January 2017 and beating the overall 6.3% decline in total UK registrations. The Stelvio helped to beef up the brand’s range, filling a large-selling segment ahead of the other models Alfa is planning ahead of 2020. 

The Giulietta remains a crucial car in Alfa's lineup despite its relative old age to the Giulia and Stelvio - across 2017, the brand sold 1618 Giuliettas, compared with 2219 Giulias.

The brand returns to F1 later this year with existing team Sauber, and this – in addition to a reported renewal of its sports car efforts with a facelifted 4C due next year and a new 6C sports car due subsequently – is part of a plan to boost Alfa's sporting image among its German peers.

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AndyT 10 February 2018

Fiat needs to replace the

Fiat needs to replace the Mito and Giulietta with one decent new model to enable those of us who would consider an Alfa something to buy at an entry level.

 

Fighting Temeraire 9 February 2018

love my Giulietta Veloce

There's lots of negativity about Alfa here, but I have a 2016 Giulietta Veloce with the 4C 1.75L engine in it, and I love it. 

It drives beautifully, has great acceleration, and sounds gorgeous. I also love how it looks, I have the darkened 5 hole wheels and the competizione red paint, and every time I park it I always look back and admire it. 

The 2 dealers I've been involved with have been great- Croydon and in Slough, the guys in Slough let me take a Stelvio 280bhp out for an hour by myself.

Don't be put off by the negative comments- it's a great car, yes might be an old model, but it has so much style and driving performance I heartily reccomend it.

Marc 9 February 2018

Fighting Temeraire wrote:

Fighting Temeraire wrote:

There's lots of negativity about Alfa here, but I have a 2016 Giulietta Veloce with the 4C 1.75L engine in it, and I love it. 

It drives beautifully, has great acceleration, and sounds gorgeous. I also love how it looks, I have the darkened 5 hole wheels and the competizione red paint, and every time I park it I always look back and admire it. 

The 2 dealers I've been involved with have been great- Croydon and in Slough, the guys in Slough let me take a Stelvio 280bhp out for an hour by myself.

Don't be put off by the negative comments- it's a great car, yes might be an old model, but it has so much style and driving performance I heartily reccomend it.

Indeed, it's a much underrated car. Too many jumping the old stereotype of Alfa with many not having a clue. There's sometimes more to car ownership than soft touch mouldings and equipment.

Mikey C 8 February 2018

FCA's strategy is all over

FCA's strategy is all over the place. Their premium hatchbacks are either too old (Giulietta) or allowed to die (Delta) while their volume one is an unrelated budget car made in Turkey.