What is it?
On the face of it, the 2014 model year version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta doesn’t represent too much to crow about. A new grille here and some revised lights there are more on-going model evolutions than significant facelift changes.
Of more interest is a new version of the JTDm turbodiesel engine, fitted here for the first time anywhere in the Fiat Group. The 148bhp unit's new common-rail injection system allows up to eight injections per stroke and can fire two separate injections so closely together that it effectively creates a continuous supply of fuel. Alfa says this allows a quieter operation and reduces particulate and NOx emissions.
The other notable change is the introduction of a new infotainment system, called Uconnect, which supports a range of smartphone and MP3 devices, either hardwired or through Bluetooth. It can also play music streamed from smartphones. DAB radio will be standard on Sportiva models in the UK.