There are three things that the Italians do undeniably well, fashion, food and cars.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you put on an Armani suit then go order a pizza but I’d definitely suggest getting behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Giulietta means ‘youthful’ in Italian and there is no doubt about the target market this hot hatch is aimed at.
This model was created with a style all its own and its design builds on Alfa Romeo’s long experience in engineering. The styling isn’t just for show, details such as the aerodynamic spoiler add to the racy appeal of this model.
The exterior is a true piece of Italian art. It’s elegant and sloping front end is complimented by large LED headlights, which are also present at the curvy rear.
Inside is just as sophisticated and it’s a mainly monochrome environment for all trim levels. Shapes, fabrics and materials all allude to the same attention to quality.
Attractive retro motifs include: a wide dashboard, vintage-style rocker keys plus a three-spoke steering wheel and wraparound seats.
This may be a compact car but it makes full use of its dimensions and boasts 350 litres of storage space in the luggage compartment.
This compact model may not have the same on-road presence as those monstrous SUVs that take up two lanes at once, but when it comes to darting between them, this is the model you want to be driving.
With its sturdy frame and impressive safety credentials, the Giulietta sure to make an impression on drivers. It was named Europe’s safest compact car, as confirmed by a score of 87/100 and the 5-star rating given by EURO NCAP: the best ever result in the category.
It also has a range of airbags as standard throughout the range, three-point seatbelts with double pretensioners and load limiter, collapsible pedal unit and steering column, second-generation anti-whiplash system and Isofix attachments.
Under the bonnet is a deceptively powerful 1.4-litre engine that boasts 170bhp. For a car of this size, that’s an achievement in itself and, thanks to the low centre of gravity, this model sticks to the road allowing for some impressive cornering even at speed.
One of the finer points of this model is the vehicle’s Dynamic Control switch (D.N.A. system). The device allows the car’s personality to be adapted to the needs of the driver and different road conditions.
When the selector is in Dynamic position, the engine response is immediate, delivery is substantial and braking is prompt and clean.
With the selector set to Natural, fuel consumption will be reduced to the minimum. When set to All weather, the Giulietta gets ready for the toughest grip conditions by alerting and enabling all of the active safety systems in advance. The engine response will become more gradual and controlled.
Some of the creature comforts in this model include, Automatic dual zone climate control, Multifunctional display, Rear parking sensors, Rear window wiper, Remote central locking and Driver and passenger electric lumbar adjustment.
As you’d expect with Alfa, there are a range of engine variants and additional options which make it a real challenger in its segment which includes the Audi A3 and VW Golf.
The car appeared in Fast and Furious 6 and has since developed a cult following and gained a lot of positive attention. It’s reminiscent of Mini, which shot to fame after appearing in the Italian Job.
Ironically the Giulietta is the real Italian job you want to pay attention to. It’s a small car with a larger-than-life personality.
Prices start from BD13,995, which includes eight years anti-corrosion warranty, five years / 120,000km warranty and three years paintwork warranty.