Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Italian Glamour; When Dynamics and Comfort Really Don't Matter

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Italian Glamour; When Dynamics and Comfort Really Don't Matter

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Model: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Distinctive with QV Line pack.

Details: Front-wheel drive five-door hatchback.

Engine: 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder generating 125kW @ 5500rpm and 250Nm @ 2500rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed twin-clutch automatic.

Consumption: 5.1 litres/100km (combined average).

Bottom line: $45,325 drive-away (as tested including QV Line pack and sat nav option), model starts at $39,825 drive-away from Cricks Noosa Alfa Romeo, www., 5440 3600.

By Iain Curry

IT'S a joy when somebody falls in love with a car so completely.

We motoring writers sometimes over-analyse vehicles to the nth degree, getting bogged down in every fine detail and endlessly comparing and contrasting it to other options out there.

But Alfa Romeos can make people behave differently - passionately at times - something that won't have been lost on you if you've seen a recent Alfa Romeo commercial on TV.

The Alfa bug bit hard for my dear wife this week.

"I don't care how it goes, I don't care if it's comfortable, all I know is that's my sort of car," she said.

I could see her point. The Giulietta is a strikingly beautiful car, and our test version featured the desirable QV Line option, bringing side skirts, glorious 18-inch turbine-design alloys, lower sports suspension, larger Brembo brakes with red calipers, and in the cabin a flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching and numerous other eye-catching goodies.

Added to the Giulietta's edgy and distinctive body styling, this car was indeed a serious style statement. And if we're honest about the majority of the "play it safe" styling seen on many modern cars, it was refreshing to have keys to a car that seemed to exist simply to look good.

The cabin was no less designer, simple yet pure in black with appreciated flashes of red from the stitching, and it's nice to see Alfa has abandoned the older car's untidy pop up screen that used to feature on top of the dash. …

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