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Driving is ok. Uses a lot of 95 unleaded petrol and being 4cyl is slow to take off even when switched to turbo (which guzzles up heaps of petrol too). Rattling noise coming from dash. Sun visor came loose ages ago. Door handles are plastic and snap off, they're coated with silver alum which flakes off and cuts (replaced 3/4 times).Too much plastic inside. Archaic cumbersome manual turning wheels to lower seat. Top of windshield above glass peels off all on its own (making car look old and shabby). Car collects leaves and when heater is turned on, they set on fire. Usb port in glovebox - so u have to leave that open, if u want to use it.
Great little car!
Love the feel,handling and performance. Reliability after 40,000Ks? So far so good and puts my last car, a Subaru Forrester to shame. Also given up with the Stop Start feature but what the hell, I drive it almost exclusively in "Dynamic" mode using paddle shifts and the driving enjoyment is worth the few extra bucks you save in petrol using "Normal" and Stop Start.
Still enjoying it
I did an initial review not long after we bought the Guilietta in 2013 and was very happy with it then. It is now coming up to two years of ownership and 30,000km and I have to say that I am still very happy with it and look forward each day to getting into the driver's seat and giving it a spin. It's the lowest spec model - 1.4l turbo manual with hubcaps - but it doesn't want for much in terms of creature comforts. Everything works well and the DNA system (which I thought may be a bit of a gimmick) is effective. I keep it in 'N' (the economy setting) almost all the time and gives it more than enough power with good economy (averaging 6.2km/100litres which is quite reasonable given that it is used a fair bit in the city and gets driven energetically a lot) .
The 'D' setting really affects the performance in a positive way. However, I use the 'D' setting probably less than 10% of the time and mainly when I feel like a rap up a hilly twisty road as it makes it quite nervous around the city. The 'A' setting has been used rarely (it's for slippery wet conditions) so can't make any substantive comments there. The motor is a ripper, it has a great gearbox (although the throws are fairly long - longer than my daughters Mazda 3) and the handling brakes and ride are excellent. I have had no problems with it apart from one rear hatch strut which needed replacing. The bluetooth works well. Servicing costs have been reasonable in terms of cost and execution.
What things aren't so good? (1) The interior/ dash layout is fairly uninspiring (and the overall interior presentation is one area where the Golf really has it over the Alfa (2) the front and rear of the car disappear from sight making parking judgements challenging (parking sensors are advisable). My wife has issues with this and dislikes driving it in shopping centres and the like.
All in all, a great little car.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta - It's better than a car!
I traded in a great condition 147 for my new 2013 Giulietta Distinctive 1.4 MultiAir and couldn't be happier. Great outside styling, and interior, superb handling and 100% reliable. The TCT is the best on the market, really good that can't be matched by an old fashioned manual. I have now owned her 14 months from new and I have only one issue, the Stop/Start does need high battery charge to operate but this is normal on Giulietta's. I am not a fan of Start/Stop anyway, especially on turbo engines so it doesn't bother me at all.
You should try and buy a European brand product that's made in Europe e.g. Alfa made in Italy, unlike bmw and vw's made in South Africa. Lower labour cost doesn't mean you get the car cheaper, it means more profit for the fat cats.
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