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2013 Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Fine looking little car but with quite few drawbacks by chrisci

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Introduction

Brilliant look, but don't expect the same level of brilliancy under the bonnet.

Reviewed: 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

4dr Hatch turbocharged 168hp 1.4L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Why the 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta?

Exterior styling

Fantastic. With carbon-fibre addons for mirrors, grill and spoiler it's difficult to find another car looking this good. Add 18 inch alloys and red calipers for increased effect.

Safety & braking

Brakes are very sharp, when teamed with good tyres, braking distance is really low. Xenon headlights are fantastic.

Front seat support & comfort

Good in general, but seating position is a bit high and seats are quite firm.

Why Not the 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta?

Powertrain performance

I had 1.4 Turbo version, which is supposed to have 170bhp. It doesn't, or at least it doesn't feel like it. The automated gearbox with DNA tech is bad, N-mode is very pro-eco, slow and jerky at slow speeds, D-mode is better, but it keeps revs to 5-6k RPMs, so you sound like an idiot, at each crossing. When car is cold, gearbox very soon started to show issues, jerking and jumping, even stall the engine occasionally.

Fuel economy

Not brilliant for such small engine. Difficult to go below 7l/100km, even with careful driving. More spirited driving means 10l/100km or worse.

Reliability & durability

Alfa is not exactly synonym for reliability and I have to confirm this. Suspension is quite fragile, shock absorbers and so on. Several software errors which were present in the car never were fixed, problems with BT pairing, SatNav not recognizing sd card, those were fairly constant.

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