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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf/QV review

£19,390 - £26,130
Published: 13 Jan 2015


What is it like to drive?

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.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 170 Veloce 5dr TCT [Nav]
  • 0-628.3s
  • CO2122.0g/km
  • BHP170
  • MPG62.8
  • Price£26,130

the cheapest

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB Super 5dr
  • 0-629.4s
  • CO2159.0g/km
  • BHP120
  • MPG39.2
  • Price£19,390

the greenest

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Super 5dr
  • 0-6210s
  • CO2119.0g/km
  • BHP120
  • MPG60.1
  • Price£20,410

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