2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review Car and Driver

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This Italian compact the Fiat-Chrysler alliance has promise.

We are to the boy who cried wolf. Frankly, lost track of the number of we have heralded the return of Romeo to the United States.

time we will make no but we do want to tell you about a new because of what it represents. Romeo is a part of Fiat. and is calling the shots at the new Chrysler. The Giulietta is the first car to use Fiat#x2019;s new platform, which, somewhat (as #x201C;Compact Wide#x201D;), will at least seven new models Chrysler to be launched beginning in

The Giulietta (it was going to be called but that#x2019;s another story) is a front-wheel-drive five-door hatchback a coupelike roofline. It is an Italian of a Volkswagen Golf. Where the and the GTI have sober, businesslike with precise straight and handles and switches that to be hewn from solid the Alfa is all curves and delicate and crannies#x2014;and can have a swath of body color across the

Most of all, the Giulietta fast#x2014;even the versions with a 1.4-liter engine. The top model#x2014;likely the version that could it to the U.S.#x2014;is fast. It has a 232-hp, four-cylinder with a turbocharger and injection.

Think Mazdaspeed 3 with the sounds and the lively spirit have always characterized Italian cars.

In Europe, car replaces the five-door Alfa That design is more 10 years old, so you#x2019;d the new one to be an improvement on all fronts. It is, even it has abandoned the classic unequal-length front suspension in favor of and uses a simplified multilink at the rear.


Many of #x2009;the pieces are aluminum, part of a weight-watching program resulting in a car Alfa says is less 3000 pounds (about the as its predecessor), although it is substantially and includes much more equipment.

Fiat engineers claim the has the best combination of ride and handling in its class (their mark the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-series as its competitors). Since we have driven the Alfa on a smooth at the Balocco proving ground, we be sure about the ride on roads, but we do know that the is first-rate.

The car is as entertaining as it is competent. The is quick (2.2 turns precise, and communicative. The electric that provides its power is located alongside the rack than on the column), which the looseness of some electric steering systems. All versions #x201C;DNA,#x201D; Alfa#x2019;s fancy for a three-position control for accelerator-pedal steering effort, and stability-control

The 232-hp engine also with further stability-control that attempts to mimic a differential; powering out of a fast you can feel it reining in the wheelspin.

to be in and be seen in, as well as fast and fun to the Giulietta should do well for even if rear-seat space and are sacrificed to achieve the car#x2019;s style. Alfa wants to 100,000 of them a year, but and whether that will the U.S. is, as usual, still not

However, it does bode for the successors of the woeful Chrysler Avenger, Dodge Caliber, and models that will be on the Compact Wide platform. The that make the Giulietta a drive that feels and solidly built are all part of the

Fiat will also Chrysler with its Multiair (electrohydraulic inlet-valve lift which is a feature of the impressive 1.4-liter turbo engine powers the mainstream Giulietta for

So, whether we get it or not, this new shows that the on-again, Italo-American pact has promise.

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