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6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf/QV

£18,500£28,495
6/10
Overall verdict
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
 

For: 

It’s a looker and the 235bhp engine is great

Against: 

It's not the great drive it needs to be to take on the class best

Overview

What is it?

Now Alfa is down to selling just three car ranges in the UK, there’s a lot riding on the success of the Giulietta. It has sensibly broadened the appeal of mainstream models but, as a sporting brand, there’s a considerable burden of expectation on any performance range-topper: the bar for the Cloverleaf is automatically set high by real motoring enthusiasts.

The hot hatch sector is a pretty unfriendly place anyway, with the mind-boggling talents of the Golf GTI, the superb handling of the Renaultsport Megane and the surprise all-round abilities of the latest Ford Focus ST. And there’s the catch: pretty and individual the Giulietta Cloverleaf may be, it still can’t unsettle the big boys.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.75 TBi 240 Veloce 5dr TCT
6.0s 157g/km 41.5 240 £28,495
The cheapest
1.4 TB 5dr
9.4s 144g/km 45.6 120 £18,500
The greenest
1.6 JTDM-2 120 5dr
10.0s 99g/km 74.3 120 £19,845
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