Alfa Romeo Giulietta Revised for 2016

Facelifted hatch shown ahead of Geneva debut.

Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta has had another refresh, with new headlights, grille, bumper inserts and exhaust tips.

If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound like the most thorough of facelifts, you would be right. However, the changes bring the car more in line with the forthcoming Giulia saloon.

There are more changes inside, with some new materials, a better infotainment system and Alfa Performance – a set of charts, dials and graphs that will appeal to your inner geek as well as offer suggestions on how to improve your driving. Equipment levels are boosted slightly, too.

Finally, the dual-clutch automatic gearbox extends its reach to the 1.6-litre diesel engine, meaning the most popular engine option now has even broader appeal. Economy and CO2 figures remain unchanged at 74.3mpg and tax-free 99g/km, although the auto box is marginally slower to 62mph.

The Quadrifoglio Verde model has been dropped though, replaced by the Veloce. That’s a good move, as the QV badge promised far more than the car could deliver. Elsewhere there’s Super, Tecnica and Speciale trim levels. The revised Giulietta goes on sale in April, starting at £18,450.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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