Giulietta Cloverleaf vs Megane RenaultSport
Can France and Italy offer credible alternatives to German hot hatchery? There’s only one way to find out...
Posted: 14 Dec 2010
To make matters worse, the Cloverleaf's cabin is a hotchpotch by comparison with the Megane. Where Renault has used acres of soft-touch, rubberised plastics, the Alfa makes do with brittle, flimsy fair that smacks of lesser segments and bygone days. The integrated nav and entertainment system is also a bit of a fiddle - again a problem that most other car makers have long since dealt with.
There is, however, a very real possibility that anyone taking a Cloverleaf for a test drive will forget all this rather important griping far too soon. Up front is a 1742cc, four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a ‘scavenging' control system that claims to do away with turbo lag. Even in its normal driving mode, the Alfa feels quick and the power delivery inarguably smooth and linear. As the revs build an addictive little turbo whine opens up, encouraging you to shift later and later, squeezing every ounce from this comparatively small powertrain.