The expanded Alfa Romeo Giulietta range includes four new variants of the small hatch, spread across two new specification levels dubbed Giulietta and Giulietta Progression.
Priced at $25,000 driveaway, the new base model Alfa Romeo Giulietta is $4350 cheaper than the previous entry-level car, the $29,350 Giulietta Distinctive 1.4 manual.
Powered by an 88kW/206Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the new Giulietta features engine stop-start, steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights and 16-inch steel wheels.
Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the Giulietta is good for a claimed 0-100km/h time of 9.4 seconds, combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.4 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometre.
Priced from $27,450 to $33,350, the three new Giulietta Progression grades include six-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch TCT automatic versions of the 125kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol, and a 125kW/350Nm 2.0-litre MultiJet turbo-diesel offered with the six-speed auto.
While the petrol engine gives a more spritely sprint time of 7.8 seconds to 100km/h compared with the diesel’s 8.0sec, the oiler wins the efficiency war, delivering 4.5L/100km to the petrol’s 5.2L/100km (auto).
Features in all three Progressions over the base Giulietta grade include electric lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat, rear seat centre armrest, electrical folding exterior mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
All Alfa Romeo Giulietta models also receive six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) along with electronic stability control, hill start assist, and Alfa Romeo’s DNA system that allows drivers to select between Dynamic, Natural, and All-Weather driving modes.
Pricing of the four new models puts the Alfa Romeo Giulietta between the new Volkswagen Golf and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which start at $21,490 and $35,600 respectively.
The new models go on sale this week and join the existing petrol and diesel Distinctive models and the 173kW/340Nm flagship Quadrifoglio Verde (QV), taking the total range to seven cars.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta range manufacturer’s list pricing
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 six-speed manual – $24,550 ($25,000 drive-away)
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression 1.4 six-speed manual – $27,450
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression 1.4 six-speed automatic – $29,450
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression 2.0 six-speed automatic – $33,350
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Distinctive 1.4 six-speed automatic – $31,350
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Distinctive 2.0 six-speed automatic – $35,250
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) 1750 six-speed manual – $39,150