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First published: 25th February 2016

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Alfa Romeo reveals facelifted Giulietta

Revisions to the Audi A3-rivalling premium small hatchback bring its looks into line with the forthcoming Giulia compact executive

First published: 25th February 2016
  • Giulietta revised with Giulia-like styling
  • New front end complemented by extra kit
  • Full range on sale in April, priced from £18,450
Alfa Romeo has confirmed details of a facelift for its Giulietta hatchback. The new-look car will be unveiled to the public at next week’s Geneva Show and go on sale in the UK at the beginning of April.

The comprehensive restyle is designed to highlight the links between the Giulietta – a rival for the likes of the VW Golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series – and the forthcoming Giulia compact executive saloon, which will compete with the BMW 3 Series.

As a result, the Giulietta has a new nose, with a honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts (with red highlights on sporty models), and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. The redesign even extends to both the Alfa Romeo and Guilietta badges, while the new alloys and tail pipes are complemented by the availability of new colours

Inside, there are new upholsteries and trims, and a ‘Uconnect’ infotainment system – with smartphone-enabled systems – is standard across the range.
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
The engine range is essentially unchanged, but for the first time, a semi-automatic gearbox is available with the 120bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine. This version is expected to be popular, thanks its average economy of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

Buyers in the UK will be able to choose form five trim levels, with the basic Giulietta sitting at the bottom of a range that runs up through Super, Tecnica, Speciale and Veloce. All have air-con, alloys, Bluetooth connectivity and a leather steering wheel, while Super adds climate control, cruise control and front foglights. Beyond that, Tecnica brings sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, and parking sensors; Speciale adds a more sporty look and feel, with sports suspension, leather/Alcantara seats and a unique look; and, at the top of the range, Veloce comes only with the most powerful (240bhp) engine and a suitably sporty specification.

Full details about the price of the various models within the range will be announced in due course, but Alfa has confirmed that the range will start at £18,450 when it goes on sale on April 1.

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