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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf/QV

£ 19,390 - £ 26,130
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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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The handling is responsive and it rides well. So, why does the Cloverleaf feel like it's missing something?

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

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