Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback review - CarBuyer
Alfa Romeo Giulietta was launched in 1954. Giulietta in terms of technology can serve as a model for many modern cars. The base version was fitted with an engine with two overhead camshafts (this scheme has been used since 1926 on almost all Alfa Romeo gasoline engines) with a displacement of 1,290 cc and a power of 54 hp.
Giulietta Sprint coupe-type bodywork was produced from 1954 to 1968. The body for this car was developed by Carrozzeria Bertone. This model has a 4-cylinder in-line engine, a working volume of 1290 sm.k., maximum power 65 hp Maximum speed - 165 km.ch.
The Giulietta version of the station wagon developed by Colli in collaboration with Alfa Romeo, was in production from 1957 to 1960. 91 copies were released. In 1957 - 1 pc, in 1959 - 71, 1960 - 19 pcs. From 1957 to 1959 cars of the first series were produced - 750C, since 1959 cars of the second series - 101.22. The main difference between the machines of the first and second series was reduced to the external design, for example, a different false radiator grille.
Giulietta Weekendena was developed and implemented by Carrozzeria Boneschi in 1957 as an alternative to the wagon Colli. It was presented at the Turin Motor Show. Probably, it is this machine that can be considered one of the first sports wagons among cars with a small engine capacity. The car, in contrast to the utilitarian Promiscua Colli, had a more sloping rear rack, which gave the car a fast-moving, dynamic silhouette. In terms of mechanics, the car was completely identical to the Giulietta Berlina. The exact number of cars produced is not known, as well as whether at least one copy has been preserved.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta differed from the car of the pronounced sporting character of Alfett only by its body. Alfetta / Giulietta is characterized by a typically southern "temperament", good suspension and cabin comfort and stability on the road. By the way, the independent wheel suspension at Alfetta / Giulietta (in front of the longitudinal torsion bars, the rear spring) is strong enough and can withstand our roads.
The car has a rather original design: the engine is in front, the location is longitudinal, and the gearbox with the differential is located at the rear. Drive wheels, of course, the rear. This is done for a better distribution of weight across the axes, which gave an improvement in driving stability. However, this design has drawbacks, namely: the shaft connecting the motor with the gearbox rotates at the speed of the motor, which leads to rapid wear of the bearings in which it is located; The gear shift is not clear, and the shift lever is large, plus the rather unpleasant heating of the rear seat from the heat of the gearbox with differential, especially in summer. This model also features heavy steering.
The main attraction of all Alfa Romeo models are motors. And the cylinder capacity of 1600 cm3 (108 hp.), 1800 cm3 (121 hp.) And 2000 cm3 (130 hp.), Originating from the early 1960s, are especially good (even outwardly ). In addition to high power, these motors have a good traction characteristic (i.e., a torque characteristic); for their power, they are quite economical (from 11 l of AI-98 gasoline per 100 km for 1.6 liter engine to 13.5 liter for 2.0 liter engine), and also reliable and withstand mileage up to 150 thousand km without repair. By the way, the maximum speed of Juliet is from 165 to 190 km / h.
In 1985, instead of Juliet appeared model Alfa Romeo 75.
In the 21st century, Giulietta returned to the Alfa Romeo range. The debut took place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. The model replaced the 147th. The hatchback has a length of 4.35 m, a width of 1.80 m and a height of 1.46 m. The wheelbase is 2.63 m, and the luggage compartment holds 350 liters.
Giulietta is available in the body of a five-door hatchback, it is noteworthy that in the best traditions of Italian design, the rear handles are hidden by the glass. The design of the car at first glance seems too modern and even futuristic, but the grille suggests the opposite - it just seemed to have been removed from the model of the 50s Giulietta and inserted into the car of the second decade of the 21st century.
The interior of Giulietta corresponds to her catchy appearance. Solid, with a hint of a sporty style, made torpedo, instrument cluster and controls. In the expensive versions of the model is offered a double panoramic sunroof. Build quality at the highest level.
The car is built on the Fiat Compact platform, which is made of lightweight, high-strength steel to reduce weight. The front McPerson strut with individual steering knuckles, and the back - three lever with aluminum levers. Steering gear - with electric power.
At first, Giulietta was supplied with four diesel turbo engines with a standard Stop-Start system: these are 1.4-liter gasoline units with a capacity of 120 and 170 liters. with., as well as the 1.6 - and 2.0-liter diesel engines with a capacity of 105 liters. with. and 170 hp respectively.
A bit later, a top-end version appeared with a 1.7-liter turbocharged engine that aggregates a 6-speed manual gearbox. Its maximum speed is 242 km / h, acceleration from zero to hundred takes only 6.8 seconds. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle - 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers. For this version, the Quadrifoglio Verde package is available, which includes reduction of cirens (15 mm front and 10 mm rear), 17-inch or 18-inch wheels to choose from, reinforced brakes with red calipers, as well as sports interior trim.
The car is offered in two trim levels: Progression and Distinctive. In the "base" Giulietta has a stabilization system, six airbags, air conditioning, an on-board computer, electric front windows and 16-inch alloy wheels. For the Distinctive version, there are such pleasant things as dual-zone climate control, a multifunctional leather steering wheel, cruise control, a CD cassette player with MP3 support, fog lights and a chrome trim for the window frames. Inserts on the dashboard can be gray, white, red or polished aluminum.
The main competitors of Giulietta are Audi A3, BMW 1-series, Mercedes A-Class and Volvo C30.
In the autumn of 2013, an updated Giulietta was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Outwardly, it is very difficult to distinguish the restyled version from the pre-reform model, the changes are only in the details of the decor - the compact false radiator grille in the form of a shield became slightly different, and the miniature protivotumanok eyes acquired a chrome edging. Also changed the design of alloy wheels. The standard equipment implies the use of tires 205/55 R16, but if desired, you can order larger wheels 215/45 R17 or 225/40 R18. Even in the enamel color palette, new paints appeared - Moonlight Pearl (moonlight), Anodizzato Blue (bright blue) and Bronze (bronze).
Changes in the body design did not affect the external overall dimensions of the Giulietta: 4351 mm in length, 1798 mm in width, 1465 mm in height, 2634 mm wheelbase, 150 mm ground clearance (increased for Russia by 30 mm compared with European versions). The rest of Giulietta is still the same Italian beauty. Stylish headlamp drops with LED daytime running lights, sophisticated front fairing, hood with bright V-shaped fins, swollen wheel arches, high window sill and stern with original marker lights with LEDs.
Most changes in the 2014 model Giulietta occurred in the interior equipment and interior design. The craftsmen responsible for the interior design have equipped the updated Italian hatchback with new door cards and handles, the color range has been expanded for the trimming of the seats, the front panel and the interior parts. In the cabin of the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a new multimedia system Uconnect has appeared, which can be equipped with both a 5 and 6.5 inch touch screen. Many connectors for connecting devices, smartphones. In addition, the center console and instrument panel were upgraded.
As for the motor range, it consists of diesel and gasoline units. A new two-liter diesel engine of 150 hp was added. (380 Nm). The company consists of a pair of diesel: 1.6-liter JTDM (105 hp) and 2.0-liter JTDM (175 hp). The gasoline line consists of a 1.4 liter engine with 105 hp. and 120 hp, 1.4-liter MultiAir (170 hp) and the flagship 1750 Tbi (235 hp) for the hurricane version of Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. The transmissions are a six-speed manual and robotic gearbox. Last upgraded with double clutch. The upgraded transmission helped increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
The car has several driving modes. Sports (Dynamic), everyday (Normal), winter modes (All Weather). You can change gears right on the steering wheel.
The updated 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is equipped with a fully independent suspension with McPherson struts at the front and rear multi-link, disc brakes with ventilation for both axles, dynamic stabilization, active steering, electric power steering, and a differential lock simulator.