What is it?
We found plenty to like about the facelifted model when we first saw it at the Frankfurt motor show towards the end of last year. While visual changes might be small – encompassing new alloy wheels, a revised grille and updated headlights – the big talking point was the addition of a new JDTm turbodiesel engine.
While the new diesel delivers an interesting blend of torque and economy, this 170bhp 1.4-litre MultiAir option remains the highest-powered petrol engine in the range. It's coupled to Alfa's dual-clutch automatic transmission and was joined in our test car by steering column-mounted paddle shifters which, dissapointingly, cost an extra £260. This engine is also expected to take the majority of sales, with Alfa citing a current sales split of 58 per cent in favour of the petrol.
In terms of looks the Alfa is as striking as ever. Its front-end styling is focused around the large central grille, while the circular headlights give the car an impish charm.
Inside, Alfa has lifted the overall quality of the cabin with new materials and comfortable sports seats. Our test car came in top-spec Sportiva Nav trim, which comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, front parking sensors and painted brake calipers on the outside, while the cabin gets leather and Alcantara trim, a leather steering wheel, a stop-start system and Alfa's new Uconnect 6.5-inch infotainment system with navigation.
This variant's list price is £25,785, but options including metallic paint, an upgraded sound system and the aforementioned steering-column mounted paddles pushed the total price of our car to £27,375.