Meaning ‘Little Giulia’, the Giulietta is more than a match for its larger saloon sibling. Sporty handling, punchy engines and unmistakable Italian styling combine to create an irresistible family car.
The handsome Giulietta’s five-door hatchback body is beautiful as well as practical, offering easy access to the rear seats. The rear door handles are hidden in the door pillars, though, to ensure those sleek lines are unbroken.
The trademark ‘Scudetto’ grille features traditional honeycomb inserts, with chrome details that evoke the glory days of the 1950s and a standard rear spoiler that hints at the car’s sporting nature. Every Giulietta sits on appropriately pretty alloy wheels, with a range of 11 colour options available.
The uncluttered dashboard is a thing of beauty, with simple rotary dials and a five-inch infotainment touchscreen. This integrates a DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can take calls safely on the go.
Speciale trim upgrades this to a 6.5-inch screen with built-in satellite navigation too. Climate control comes as standard across the range to keep your passengers cool and relaxed, with lots of other luxuries included as well.
You can toggle the DNA switch, in front of the gearstick, to adjust the Giulietta’s behaviour to the road conditions. When there are empty, sweeping bends ahead, slot it into ‘Dynamic’ mode and enjoy the quickened responses when you touch the throttle.
The Giulietta is powered by a wide choice of engines. Choose a 1.4-litre petrol with 120bhp, 150bhp or 170bhp, or opt for diesels (1.6 and 2.0-litre affairs) offering 120bhp, 150bhp or 175bhp.
Offering exciting, punchy performance, you might not expect them to be frugal. But you’d be wrong, with CO2 emissions starting from just 99g/km and fuel economy that can exceed 74mpg. Automatic start/stop technology is just one of the advanced features that help the Giulietta achieve these figures.
If you crave true power, opt for the rapid Veloce model with its bespoke 1.75-litre turbo charged engine. This boasts over 240bhp to give explosive acceleration coupled with handling upgrades for a genuine sportscar experience.
Every Giulietta comes with six airbags and stability control, plus lots of other passive safety features, earning it a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Rear parking sensors come on all but entry-level Giuliettas, as does cruise control to make long motorway treks less tiresome.
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