First drive: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
TopGear man thrashes Alfa’s 147 replacement
Posted: 09 Dec 2010
Objectively, grown-uppedly, this engine is excellent. It'll do 0-62mph in just under eight seconds and, equipped with stop-start as standard, will manage 49mpg and 134g/km of CO2. Those are impressive figures, and it's an impressively refined unit: power delivery is smooth and progressive, the boost barely noticeable.
But - and yes, here's the ‘but' - it's a little soulless. There's a defiant lack of rasp and crackle from the exhaust, a slight unwillingness to charge headlong to the redline. And that's our only gripe with the Giulietta overall. It is, undoubtedly, a fine, grown-up car, but on first impressions it's just lacking that final dollop of Alfa's trademark fizz.