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Overall verdict

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

Overall verdict
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian


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


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


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
2.0 JTDM-2 170 Veloce 5dr TCT [Nav]
8.3s 122g/km 62.8 170 £26,130
The cheapest
1.4 TB Super 5dr
9.4s 159g/km 39.2 120 £19,390
The greenest
1.6 JTDM-2 120 Super 5dr
10.0s 119g/km 60.1 120 £20,410