Milan (italy), 27. January 2012 – whether porsche 911 or bmw m3: even in sporty cars, more and more drivers are leaving gear changes to a dual-clutch transmission. The alfa giulietta may be in a different league to the models mentioned above, but with 170 hp it can also deliver a brisk performance. Now the italians combine a dkg with a gasoline engine and a diesel in the giulietta. We could already try both versions.
Not much space
The funfturer clearly stands out from the compact car crowd. The front is proudly emblazoned with the "scudetto", the typical alfa grille, while the brand logo at the rear is framed by vertical led tail lights. The side profile is reminiscent of the bmw 1 series, especially in the area of the c pillar.
At 4.35 meters, the giulietta is a proud 15 cm longer than a current vw golf. This suggests a good amount of space, but here the italian offers average at best. The head and legroom in the rear is rather modest, and even the trunk is with 350 liters not coarser than in the golf.
In the interior, alfa has learned from past mistakes and created a pleasant ambience. The dark brushed aluminum trim is cleanly fitted. Overall, the workmanship looks more solid than we remember from alfa’s past times. The lower section of the center console is quite narrow and slightly set back, with the coarse climate control knobs. Everything perfetto so in the alfa? Not quite, a few small things spoil the positive picture: the front seats lack lateral support, some of the control buttons could be coarser, and the display on the 6.9-inch navigation screen looks a bit dusty.