Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is the best looking car in its class, the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf are undoubtedly better cars if you listen to your head, but the Giulietta pulls at your heart, well finished details like the eye-catching front and rear LED lights and hidden door handles help it stand out from whichever angle you look at it, so if you want to turn heads and don’t mind putting up with the quirks of Alfa Romeo ownership then the Giulietta is for you. The Giulietta is great to drive and all the engines are powerful and frugal, the competition just have the edge on ergonomics, the offset pedals can make for long journey ache and space for rear passengers is tight.


The Giulietta is available in base trim, Super, Sport and Speciale. The entry level is adequately packaged with all round electric windows, 5 inch touchscreen with DAB and bluetooth, manual climate control, 16 inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler and electric heated mirrors, the Super adds dual zone automatic climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and front fog lights. Tecnica adds automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, electric lumbar support and height adjustment on both front seats, parking sensors front and rear and a 6.5 inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. The Sporty Speciale has 18 inch Alloys, red Brembo brake callipers, flat-bottomed sports leather steering wheel with red stitching and firmer suspension.


Alfa Romeo have a justified reputation for building excellent engines, the 1.4 litre petrol with 120 bhp (suitable for under 25’s) can propel the Giulietta to 62 mph in 9.4 seconds and on to 121 miles per hour but the economy is not class leading at 45.6 miles per gallon The diesel offering is the 118bhp 1.6 litre, but we feel the Giulietta suits the (much cheaper) petrol engine. Automatic cars start at £2445, too expensive to be an option.

The Giulietta is a beautiful car to look at but is by no means the best value car on the scheme, but sometimes you just have to let your heart rule your head.

 Summer Best Buy – Alfa Romeo Giulietta Speciale 1.4 Petrol (120 bhp)  Manual –  £295 Advance Payment (£65.51 wpms)