What is it?
It’s the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, facelifted for the second time. For its sixth birthday, Alfa’s family hatchback gets a new nose with a black honeycomb grille, black bumper inserts and minor tweaks to the headlight and foglight surrounds, all of which bring it closer to the upcoming Giulia saloon’s styling. There are also new seats and gently revised finishes inside.
There’s been a full clear-out of the trim range, too, which now starts with plain old Giulietta and rises through Super, Tecnica and Speciale to Veloce, the last of which being exclusive to the 237bhp 1750 TB formerly known as the Quadrifoglio Verde, a moniker reserved hereafter for Alfa’s ultra-high-performance models.
Alfa reckons the fleet market for 110-130bhp autos is rapidly gathering momentum, so it has also taken the opportunity to introduce its 'TCT' dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option on the economy-minded 118bhp 1.6 JTDm oil-burner. That’s the drivetrain configuration we’re sampling here.