118bhp means it’s no more powerful, but updated equipment and exterior styling at least make it look sporty

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.

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7 February 2018

Hardly a good January with only 277 sales, even MG beat that with 475 sales. Alfa Romeo really should be doing better than this.

7 February 2018

I had no idea the Guilietta was still on sale. Surely this and the Mito are so far beyond their best before dates they just need to be culled. At the time they looked like a promising renewal for Alfa, which was utterly wasted by the lack of new products or substantial updates for the next five years.

Lets hope the Guilia and Stelvio arent an equally false dawn.

7 February 2018
Only last month I considered a new Giulietta as my next car, and finally got to drive one despite them being on sale for eight years or so. What a disappointment. Drove a 150 bhp Super variant, and ironically there was nothing super about it. The DNA switch misses the mark as in N the steering is more balanced and better weighted but the throttle seems laggy. Then in D the throttle is more immediate but for some unknown reason Alfa engineers thought it'd improve the driving experience by adding a disproportionate amount of weight to the steering, though critically, no more feel. It felt lardy too, didn't like being hussled down interesting B-roads and the fit and finish on something with these list prices left a lot to be desired. The one I drove had less than a thousand miles on and the clutch pedal creaked, there was a judder under moderate breaking and the trim on the doorcards looked like it'd been lifted straight from a 1996 Mitsubishi Carisma. An old colleague of mine had a new 147 in 2005, I drove that a few times and all-round it was far better than this Giulietta.
Sticking on some tidy looking wheels and a bit of sporty trim is surely only a cheap attempt to hide the fact this is not a great car. Even the very decent salesman acknowledged it was lacking, and suggested Alfa need to build around the standards set by the Giulia and Stelvio quickly to reinvigorate the brand on a broader scale. In that case, it's time for the Giulietta and Mito to be knocked on the head.

7 February 2018
I too can't believe how long this and the Mito have been on sale for.
Both are identical to their FIAT cousins just in a nicer looking dress to make them seem more premium.
FIAT seem to keep models on sale for far too long and never actually update / replace them (look at the Punto!).
I can only see sales continuing to slide a lot for the group this year but I do hope the Giulia and Stelvio can boost Alfa a bit.

8 February 2018

End of the Line, both these models sell in sparse ever decreasing numbers and with no replacement in sight the MiTO surely it won't make it though the year.

If they drop these and end up with QUALITY products and end up with sales of around 100,000 it will probably end up a better company with a future.

Other than that goos luck with features like "Enlarged exhausts" and "leather steering wheels"

 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 February 2018

We had a Mito it wasn’t great back in 2010 - 1.3jtd Veloce. Quality inside was bad, the drive wasn’t great, the ride horrible. It went after the brake servo rusted in the bulk head causing the cabin to fill with water.

I've had a Giulietta 1.4 120 As a hire car for a week. I quite liked it, drove well, rode well but it still had interior quality issues. 

The 147 we had before the Mito was a good car though, reliable and actually well built. 

8 February 2018

Went to my local Alfa dealer that also sells Fiat and Jeep.  The two staff I identified just swept by in the distance with no acknowledgement of my presence.  The tv AND some crappy pop radio station were both blaring at full volume.

They had a Giulia there with big bright green neon stickers on the side shouting about some offer or other.  The whole place felt life dodgy Jim's east end motors from the early eighties - an impression reinforced when one of the staff finally condecended to come and talk to me.  Unbuttoned shirt with chest hair a plenty, cheap gold chain and the stench of cologne preceded him.

He then told me there was no chance of a test drive as he'd already cancelled all the other scheduled drives that day because they were so busy (I was the only person in the whole dealership).

I did get a (very) short test drive in a Giulia which included such snippets as 'this has a Ferrari engine' (It was the diesel) and 'this is so sporty because they used F1 technology so it weighs well less than a ton'.

I made my excuses and bought an Audi.  Shame - I liked the car and would dearly like Alfa to still be here in ten years time, but they really need to sort the dealers out and that needs cash.

10 February 2018
gagaga wrote:

Went to my local Alfa dealer that also sells Fiat and Jeep.  The two staff I identified just swept by in the distance with no acknowledgement of my presence.  The tv AND some crappy pop radio station were both blaring at full volume.

They had a Giulia there with big bright green neon stickers on the side shouting about some offer or other.  The whole place felt life dodgy Jim's east end motors from the early eighties - an impression reinforced when one of the staff finally condecended to come and talk to me.  Unbuttoned shirt with chest hair a plenty, cheap gold chain and the stench of cologne preceded him.

He then told me there was no chance of a test drive as he'd already cancelled all the other scheduled drives that day because they were so busy (I was the only person in the whole dealership).

I did get a (very) short test drive in a Giulia which included such snippets as 'this has a Ferrari engine' (It was the diesel) and 'this is so sporty because they used F1 technology so it weighs well less than a ton'.

I made my excuses and bought an Audi.  Shame - I liked the car and would dearly like Alfa to still be here in ten years time, but they really need to sort the dealers out and that needs cash.

Sounds like a far fetched tale to me.

Name the dealer and state the approximate date of visit please.

8 February 2018

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.

9 February 2018

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.

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