Chris Miller road tests and reviews the 2013 Alfa Romeo Guillietta.
With lots a character, the Alfa Romeo Guillietta is easy to love.
The 2.0 litre diesel we tested had impressive reserves of power while being extremely economical.
To put the Guilietta to a serious test, the family was packed in and we left Melbourne headed for the the German village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. The Alfa performed beautifully.
On the open road noise levels are great, even on coarse chip surfaces, and the 350Nm of torque on tap guarantees effortless overtaking, with the pickup from 80km/h rivalling some V8’s.
Average consumption for the entire 1500km’s was a miserly, and utterly impressive 5.8 litres per 100km.
The 2.0 litre diesel is a real surprise package, with great off the line urge, and very little lag.
Mated to a six-speed dual clutch gearbox, changes are lightning fast, and on the open road it’s brilliant. It’s at slower speeds, in traffic where it becomes difficult to drive smoothly.
I found it lurchy and lumpy, although I’m assured it can be driven smoothly…with practice.
Torque-steer is evident when you push, and with all the torque on offer it’s easy to understand why, but the way the Alfa Romeo Giulietta does everything else, it’s easily forgivable.
In the corners body roll isn’t noticeable, the Alfa always feels composed, and it’s very difficult to unsettle, even with mid corner bumps
You can shift between dynamic, normal and all-weather modes; dynamic speeds up gear changes, gives the throttle more urgency and generally makes things feel a little stiffer.
Normal is where it tended to stay, and I suspect most people would be satisfied to leave it there as it offers spritely performance without being over the top
Inside, the cabin is well appointed and spacious, with high-grade materials employed throughout. The leather wrapped steering wheel feels good in hand, and the driving position is excellent with great visibility.
There’s plenty packed in too, with a great sounding stereo system, Bluetooth, reverse sensors, dual zone climate control and auto lights & wipers, although the Giulietta misses out on sat-nav & reversing camera in this guise.
From the front, it’s unmistakably Alfa, from the rear it could be mistaken for any number of Korean or Japanese cars, not that it’s ugly, just ordinary from the back.
Sure there are a couple of minor flaws in the 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta armoury, but like any Alfa, it has an extremely likeable character, and if you’re looking for something that’s just a bit different, you need to drive a Giulietta.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo diesel developing 125kW and 350Nm
Transmission: 6-Speed automatic or six-speed manual
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $24,550
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