New online configurator launched
26 March 2010

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta doesn't go on sale in the UK until June, but prospective buyers can now spec up their car on a new online configurator.

The configurator allows potential buyers to spec the inetrior and exterior of the a variety of models, including the range-topping Cloverleaf version of the car.

See the Alfa Romeo Giulietta configurator

The Giulietta will be made as a five-door only. It features a Golf-sized rear compartment but a coupe-like roofline and disguised rear door handles (as used on the 147) to enhance its sporting credentials. The shape draws obvious influence from both the outgoing 147 and the new Mito supermini, but it looks more modern than either.

It has the most striking three-dimensional version of Alfa’s shield grille yet, supported by two prominent lower lateral air intakes. The muscular sculpting of the body sides leads to prominent rear haunches, with twin exhausts and a diffuser beneath a rear panel whose LED tail-lights echo shapes pioneered in the 156.

Suspension is MacPherson struts at the front and a new multi-link design at the rear.Inside, the Giulietta echoes the twin-binnacle, driver-oriented fascia design that Alfas have traditionally used, but with the familiar centre stack replaced with a simplified, lateral panel. The interior uses novel trim textures and body-coloured metal to signify a change from Alfa traditions.

At 4.35m in length, the car is 130mm longer than the Golf or the 147. The 2.63m wheelbase is about 50mm longer than the Golf’s or 147’s, and although its extra length makes it look low, it is 50mm higher than the car it replaces.

Alfa engineers say rear seat space and boot capacity are “the same or bigger” than a Golf’s and that the overall weight is “a little bit heavier” than a comparable 147’s, even though the body-in-white is lighter.

Buyers will be offered three different designs of 16in, 17in and 18in wheel - a thick-spoke design, a multi-spoke and Alfa’s familiar ‘telephone dial’ design.

A range of the Fiat Group’s transversely mounted four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, all turbocharged, will drive the front wheels, ranging from a 120bhp 1.4-litre petrol to a 170bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Later next year there will be a 230bhp Cloverleaf model.

All Giuliettas will eventually be available with Fiat’s Multiair electro-hydraulic valve actuation. And all get automatic stop-start as standard.

The line-up will feature five and six-speed manual gearboxes, but Fiat is working on a semi-auto twin-clutch alternative. The cars will get Alfa’s DNA suspension and engine settings system.

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26 March 2010

Bigger alloys CHECK

Bluetooth CHECK

SatNav CHECK

No rust after six months CHECK

Not spending so much time with my Alfa dealer that I know his kids' names CHECK

It being worth more than a fiver at the end of ownership CHECK

jer

26 March 2010

A 1750 Cloverleaf with Sport pack and fancy leather €34k in Italy. I thought it would be cheaper than a Golf GTI ~24k.

26 March 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]

Bigger alloys CHECK

Bluetooth CHECK

SatNav CHECK

No rust after six months CHECK

Not spending so much time with my Alfa dealer that I know his kids' names CHECK

It being worth more than a fiver at the end of ownership CHECK

[/quote]

Have you been inside an ALFA romeo in the last 4 years?

Another luddite living in the seventies!

26 March 2010

[quote scoch]

Have you been inside an ALFA romeo in the last 4 years?

Another luddite living in the seventies!

[/quote] Yes. I have been in an Alfa recently. And while I admit to milking the reliability thing for comic effect, the build quality and reliability of Alfas was still comical well into the 80s and 90s, and the Warranty Direct Reliability Index of today still places Alfa somewhere near the bottom.

26 March 2010

I just used the configurator and the cloverleaf Giulietta, with 4 doors and 235 bhp, leather/fabric seats is about 200 € more expensive than a similar Golf GTI...which has by the way 210 bhp, and it's quite smaller. and not even on the same planet, aesthetically.

if this drives as alfa-well as the 147 gta, i'm buying it.

26 March 2010

[quote pietromaggi]if this drives as alfa-well as the 147 gta, i'm buying it.[/quote]

The problem is no small/mediun Alfa has ever been as convincing as the Alfasud of 35 + years ago . that was a car that did not require any "for an Alfa" comments after any statement. A really class leading motor.

For all its undoubted good looks, I fear this car will trade mainly on its beauty to confirmed Alfa die hards. Come on Alfa trade on your strengths, dont be a Golf chaser, it will end in tears.

26 March 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

[quote pietromaggi]if this drives as alfa-well as the 147 gta, i'm buying it.[/quote]

The problem is no small/mediun Alfa has ever been as convincing as the Alfasud of 35 + years ago . that was a car that did not require any "for an Alfa" comments after any statement. A really class leading motor.

For all its undoubted good looks, I fear this car will trade mainly on its beauty to confirmed Alfa die hards. Come on Alfa trade on your strengths, dont be a Golf chaser, it will end in tears.

[/quote]Jon I have to agree in part that Alfa need to look to the past glory of cars such as the Alfasud and also trade on looks but I dont' feel they are following the Golf. Yes it will be a similar size as the Golf and Focus are the cars that define the class, but punters need to realise that Alfa are more than likely going to be a more left field choice in that they will always trade on looks sometimes at the detriment to packaging etc. They may not always be the sensible choice that the Golf and Focus seem to be.

26 March 2010

If it lives up to expectations, Giulietta will be trading on its inherent strengths. I for one won't be comparing Giulietta with common, anonymous stuff like Golf and Focus. If Giulietta is good enough in its own right, then that is what I will want. If it isn't good enough, then I'll just buy whatever car offers me adequate transport and I won't really care what the badge is. Who cares whether it's a few mm smaller here or a couple of hundred pounds more expensive there? Those timid, boring, oh-so-sensible people for whom such minor practicalities are important really should stick to Golf and Focus (and BMW and Audi) because they obviously need the uniform to hide behind. Choosing Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be an expression of self confidence and independence, by no means attributes which all possess!

cheeky is good...up to a point!

29 March 2010

Apologies for being slow but when it says that all Giulietta's will eventually be available with MultiAir does that mean all engines will eventually be MultiAir or that the MultiAir option engines will come on stream later?

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