Last up in our series of 5 top hatchbacks for families, is a stylish Italian offering from Alfa Romeo. The Giulietta is not a common sight on UK roads, but has actually been around since 2010. The car received a facelift in 2016 which brought new styling, engines and a revised trim line-up. There is no questioning that Alfa Romeo has always been known for their style over substance, though their reputation for poor reliability has faded somewhat in recent years.
Engines are varied, with three power levels of 1.4-litre engine and a top level 2.0-litre turbo petrol, this is more of a performance model so is not something we are comparing here. Diesels include a 1.6 and 2.0-litre, both turbocharged. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, with a dual-clutch ‘TCT’ automatic available for certain petrol and diesel engines.
The Giulietta comes with four trim levels, though basic equipment is sufficient. Base cars come with smartphone connected 5.0-in touchscreen infotainment (smaller than all rivals), DAB radio and a leather steering wheel. From here you can upgrade the trim level to gain options like cruise control, sporty interior and exterior features and sat-nav. This car however, cannot be specified with some of the extra driver aids and safety systems as some of the rivals, likely due to the decade old platform design.
Other Car Review in this series:
- Hyundai i30 (2017 – 2020)
- Mazda 3 (2019 – 2020)
- Lexus CT200h (2018 – Current)
- Subaru Impreza (2017 – 2020)
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Jack Gill is a freelance car journalist and fully qualified mechanical engineer. Joining the team as Carsnip’s newest contributor and long-time writer on Drivetribe. Jack has a lifetime passion for all things automotive, from new supercars to rusty old hatchbacks, and if he’s not behind the wheel, he’ll likely be found under the bonnet or browsing the Carsnip search engine.