A sizeable silvered dashboard insert is the most striking feature of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s interior, unless it’s ordered with red or tan leather, which make a stronger visual impact. The Giulietta’s instruments are presented in a hooded binnacle that’s been an Alfa feature for decades.

A high quality soft-feel moulding snakes its way around the dashboard’s outer edge, though much of the assembly is hard-feel plastic. But, overall, the Giulietta’s cabin still looks classy, lifted by piano wood or aluminium-effect decor around the gearlever console and door armrests.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

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Finding a comfortable driving position in the Alfa could prove problematic for some

As you’d expect, there’s a four-way adjustable wheel and a driver’s seat height adjuster, yet despite this the Giulietta imposes more than a hint of the long-arm, short-leg posture that has troubled many a driver of Italian cars in the past.

Some will end up lowering the wheel to the point where it makes the already less-than-clear speedo even harder to read (the revcounter, by contrast, is a model of legibility).

The seat has no tilt function and lumbar adjustment isn’t standard (it’s a cheap option), which is mean on a car of this calibre. More annoying is a centre console that allows little room for your left foot. However, it is possible to get comfortable, despite these moans.

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The cabin is reasonably spacious front and rear, and the back seat provides decent support – if not the class best. However, the tapered rear end and narrowing windowline means rear seat headroom isn’t great, while it’s also dark in the back and a little oppressive. A full-length glass sunroof brightens things considerably, but it’s a costly option.

The boot is bigger than the 147’s and provides a bag hook, power socket and recesses to store bottles. In-cabin dumping ground includes four door bins with can holders, a couple of console trays and a rubber-floored and lidded tray in the dash (where the optional sat-nav would live).

Equipment levels are acceptable. Entry-level Giulietta models get 16in alloys, rear spoiler, all-round electric windows, and heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors. While inside there is air conditioning, multi functional leather clad steering wheel, and a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with DAB radio, Bluetooth, Alfa Romeo Connected Services and smartphone integration.

Upgrade to the Super trim and you will find luxuries such as cruise control, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and a cooled glovebox, while upgrading to the Tecnica models get you a few more sporty touches, while the Speciale gets you multiple sportier details and trim pieces, a part Alcantara interior, sat nav, front parking sensors, Brembo brakes, and automatic wipers and lights.

The range-topping Veloce model gets the 238bhp 1.75-litre petrol engine, paddle shifters, a leather and Alcantara upholstery, 18in alloy wheels, bigger air intake and a lowered sports suspension.

 

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