Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Give This Alfa a Second Chance; Slowly but Surely, Alfa Romeo Is Knocking Its Giulietta into Pretty Good Shape. Now It's Slightly More Frugal Too. Jonathan Crouch Reports

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Give This Alfa a Second Chance; Slowly but Surely, Alfa Romeo Is Knocking Its Giulietta into Pretty Good Shape. Now It's Slightly More Frugal Too. Jonathan Crouch Reports

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Byline: Jonathan Crouch

THE Alfa Romeo Giulietta has in recent times benefitted from a series of mid-life updates.

We've seen changes to the styling, a smarter cabin and extra technology. There have been some improvements under the bonnet too, especially amongst diesel models, with the addition of a more frugal 1.6 JTDM-2 unit and a pokey 2.0-litre JTDM-2 engine at the top of the range. Time, perhaps, to give the car another look.

The engine technology Alfa has come out with over recent years can stand comparison with the very best.

The emphasis has been on small turbocharged engines of the petrol and diesel varieties and the Giulietta showcases the best of them. A 120bhp 1.4TB engine kicks things off and above that, is another 1.4 that's also turbocharged but additionally has the sophisticated MultiAir valvetiming system helping it up to 170bhp.

At this level, you get the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or the six-speed ALFA TCT automatic transmission. The diesels will inevitably be popular and there's a now-uprated 120bhp 1.6 JTDM-2 unit and a 150bhp 2.0-litre JTDM-2 that's quietly been inserted into the range.

This engine is fiendishly clever, the common rail injection system capable of firing up to eight injections per piston stroke and can execute separate injections so close that it effectively creates a continuous stream of fuel.

The result is an engine that will punt the Giulietta to 62mph in just 8.8 seconds and run onto 130mph. There's a Dynamic mode to increase the engine's flexibility, which boosts torque from 320 to 380Nm. Other engines worth considering are the 175bhp JTDM-2 diesel and the 235bhp 1.75 turbo petrol.

Prices range in the PS18,000 to PS25,000 bracket and in the mainstream range, there's a choice of 'Progression', 'Distinctive',' 'Exclusive' and 'Sportiva Nav' trim levels. …

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