Alfa Romeo Guilietta

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The new Guilietta is an extremely sexy car. It did everything with a little bit of flair. I absolutely adored driving it. It was very quick especially when Dynamic drive mode was switched on. It really does come alive and it’s one of those special cars that has lots of personality. I am big on the small touches and I loved the fact that there were Alfa badges on the seats and even the pedals! There was a little bit of body roll through the tighter corners but when you opened it up on the straight roads it really came into its own.

Alfas will always be a life style choice. Even though this is a new model, I can see this Alfa becoming another cult car thus living up to the Guilietta name. It just feels a bit different, it has that Alfa persona. I don’t recommend this car for non-petrol heads because it would be wasted on them. It really would. It has personality and when I had to give it back I was figuring out if it was worth trading in my current car in order to keep it.

It does have its quirks and issues. It has body roll, which isn’t unmanageable but is there, otherwise the handling is good and I like how direct the steering feels. I didn’t like the wheels. Compared to the rest of the car they seemed dull, and weren’t “Italian” enough. The driving modes were interesting and it is impressed me that a sports car had a mode just for wet/unstable conditions. I like this idea and I’d love to see more of this sort of safety features going into more sporty hatches. I drove the Alfa in wet conditions in Cape Town so experienced the difference and the fact it was very relaxing to drive in the rain proved how effective this system is.

From a practical point of view there is more than enough space in the back for passengers and all the seats are comfortable. The boot space is sufficient; it isn’t huge but it more than enough. The car has all the necessary safety features and everything worked well. I like that it had nice little extras such as Hill Holder. You don’t realise how useful it is to have till you’re in traffic on a hill or driving into Cavendish parking and waiting behind a few cars.

Specs Worth Noting:

  • Price: R335,764.00
  • Engine Layout: Transverse Inline 4
  • Gearbox: 6-Speed Manual
  • Power Output: [email protected]
  • Torque: [email protected]
  • Auto Headlamps: Option
  • Auto Windscreen Wipers: Option
  • Park Distance Control Back: Option
  • Air Bags: Driver, Passenger, Front Side and Curtain.
  • Side Impact Protection: Yes
  • Brake Hydraulics: VDC, Hill Holder, BAS, ABS and ASR.

Competitors:

  • Audi A3 Sportback 1,8T FSI Ambition S Tronic: R308,580.00
  • BMW 120i 5-dr: R294,143.00
  • Subaru Impreza 2,0 RS 4-dr Sportshift: R311,000.00
  • VW Golf GTI: R323,700.00
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I asked my somewhat tamed Interior Designer, Jo Cordner, to give me her take on the Alfa.

I love the Alfa Guilietta. I could sing its praises all day long. From its sexy lines to its aggressive grille, there is almost nothing bad to say about this car.

Except… What were they thinking when they made those rims? Were they inspired by the invention of the wheel? Did they feel the need to emphasise its spherical properties? Some black multi spoke rims would have been great, even something more sedate would have done a credible job. I hate those rims on any car.

Second to the rims is the number plate. When it comes to cars, symmetry is important. It’s more than important, it is paramount. Now one can’t entirely blame Alfa for this, in a perfect world cars wouldn’t be defaced by the presence of number plates, but really could they not have found a better place for that plate? It makes you want to cock your head to one side when you look at the grill in the hope to find balance.

Now that that is out of the way, I can go back to admiring its beauty. I am enjoying the current trend in hatch design that we’re experiencing lately: bug-eyed but aggressive, quirky yet sexy. The Guilietta ticks all these boxes with its big rounded head lights and pointed, angular grill.

I spent a fair amount of time sitting in the back seat as well as the front seat of the Guilietta and I can say with confidence that beside my tendency for motion sickness, it was a very comfortable drive and is sufficiently spacious. The interior is exactly what you’d expect from a car this beautiful (and this pricey) tasteful, stylish and branding everywhere. From the leather upholstery to the brake pedal, the Alfa badge is proudly visible.

In my opinion, the Guilietta gets two thumbs up. It is a beautiful machine and I like every part of it, except those damn wheels.

 

Photos by Frank Moody, www.frankmoody.com.

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