Great looks, a sharp driver and some interesting engines
Not as solid as the German rivals, only available as a five-door
What is it?
A hugely important play for Alfa Romeo in Europe, the Giulietta is tasked with bringing the Italian firm into the top flight, up against the all-conquering VW Golf. Despite best intentions, and Alfa’s glittering heritage, it’s failed in this challenge to date – so Alfa’s having another go with a facelifted version. Which, sensibly, leaves the face well alone: a car as pretty as this needs no surgery. The improvements come inside, under the bonnet and on the road. Is it all enough?