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2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Published July 20, 2012

The Giulietta is an extremely cool car. It definitely has that unique European flare and appeal to it, but so many of the North American automakers are leaning that direction now anyway. The kids want cool unique cars these days and we all no that American kids get what American kids want. And conversely that is the exact reason there’s also rumor floating about that the Alpha Romeo Giulietta will be available in North America at a local Fiat dealership. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

The Alfa Romeo twin clutch transmission, or TCT, was once considered and appropriately criticized for being a little too jerky and not pleasant at all really. But no that the modified gearshift software and the changing detection system have been addressed the TCT is fully reformed and enjoyable afterthought.

The TCT is a six-speed dual-clutch system and air cooled making it even more lightweight. When combined with the throaty MultiAir engine running at 170hp the Giulietta has economy and CO2 ratings better than the Volkswagen Golf. Its fuel economy is rated at a very convincing 49mpg. It’s fun to drive because it handles really quiet well. Very smooth and supple with an organic intuitiveness. The Giulietta’s road grip in dynamic road is nothing short of impressive. But the one lacking thing is that the Giulietta is not exactly a responsive powerhouse. Which is surprising for an Alfa Romeo and perhaps an issue they will address in future models. If you are looking for performance it would be imperative to investigate the Alfa Romeo Cloverleaf.

The Giulietta is as comfortable and spacious inside as any car in its class. There is ample room for the rear seating compartment and lots of cargo room in the hatch. It is a family hatchback after all and a very handsome one at that. Far more distinctive than its competitors such as the Audi A3 or the Volkswagen Golf. By European standards it is considered by the powers that be to be the safest car in its class. A car should be entertaining even if it is a family hatchback and the 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta certainly is entertaining. Despite its mature sensibleness and ability Alfa Romeo has blended it perfectly with the passion and soul we expect.

There is a market for this car here in North America and, as mentioned initially, its possible it will make its way here. Which is something to look forward to because this is a great car and a fantastic alternative for those who are looking for something a little different from what they have to choose from now.

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