Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Name a car that survived the test of time and won like the Giulietta… That’s not an easy question to answer.
No matter how hard you try, it’s difficult to think of another modern automobile whose shape stayed intact for almost a decade. The Giulietta is a rare occasion as the car’s styling still looks fresh and beautiful. Only minor details were altered in the original body which first appeared in 2010.
Perhaps the car seems to have received the blessing of Uma Thurman and got the distinctive style of this beautiful Hollywood actress, who played a role in the Giulietta’s advertising campaign.
Well, if it’s not Uma Thurman, then it might be the magical hands of Alfa Romeo stylist Lorenzo Ramaciotti -who oversaw the Giulietta’s design when he was appointed Group Chief of Design at Fiat Group. Ramaciotti began his career with Pininfarina back in 1972 and designed several well-known cars like the Ferrari 360 Modena, 612 Scaglietti, F430, 550 Maranello, Maserati Quattroporte VI, and the stunning Peugeot 406 Coupe.
His most iconic design, the wonderful Alfa Romeo 4C, bears a close resemblance to the Giulietta, looking just like the coupe and roadster equivalent.
Apart from its impressive looks, the Giulietta is a real driver’s car, a wolf in sheep’s clothes to tell the truth. It has a firm ride combined with quick steering and brisk road manners. The 1.6 diesel power plant is a torquey motor with a deep bass sound that reminds us a little bit of Alfa’s 1970s engine soundtrack.
The all-black interior is as sporty as you would expect to find in an Alfa Romeo, with comfortable front seats and adequate rear legroom. The boot has enough space to hold the luggage of 4 people that will enjoy the Giulietta’s sporty character.
It is beyond doubt that the Giulietta will mark the brand’s history as a successful hatchback that can still provide a dynamic driving experience to those who seek to instil a dose of performance characteristics in their daily commute.
✎ Savas Kalfas, Managing Director, automotohistory.com
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