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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf/QV

Overall verdict

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



What is it like on the road?

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf/QV front three quarter red

The Giulietta Cloverleaf is a fine handling car, but very much a GT rather than a hot hatch. It rides nicely, cruises comfortably and it’s without vice. Doesn’t sound very raw, does it? No it’s not, which is why enthusiasts will prefer a Renaultsport Megane, and those after more comfort-orientated hot hatchery will just buy a Golf GTI.

Alfa makes a big deal about its DNA system, which supposedly gives the car several different characters, but this is as silly as it sounds: only ‘Dynamic’ is worth bothering with. It quickens the throttle, enhances low down torque and opens up the exhaust. The steering also weights up and the braking becomes more immediate (neither get any more feel, sadly). Why isn’t it just configured like this and be done with? The 1.75-litre turbo may be a gem, but overall the Cloverleaf is off the pace.