How did Alfa Romeo get on after the departure of Walter Da Silva to Seat then Audi? It is a fair question, because we remember how the well-known designer allowed the Italian carmaker to rediscover its identity after a serious crisis in the 90’s. In 2000 the 156, then the 147 did raise the bar but 147 couldn’t go on forever. A new compact sedan was needed without relying on the penmanship of Da Silva. The Guilietta name is a reference to one of the best selling models in the 100 year history of Alfa-Romeo.
The aluminium coloured elements in the interior are very flattering and the braid stitched leather seats are simply stunning and invite you to go for a drive.
Other than the new lines, the Guilietta inaugurates the Fiat Group’s all-new compact architecture with the new suspension as well as a more rigid and resistance structure, made from aluminium and high resistant steel being the most notable differences.
We cannot forget about the DNA selector, which Alfa-Romeo is very proud of. This system allows for changing the handling characteristics of the car. There are three positions for adjusting engine mapping, the length of the accelerator as well as steering. These are sensible changes but we can’t wait for the arrival of the Quadrifoglio Verde and its 235 brake horsepower 1.7-litre turbo, because as good as the Fiat Group’s 1.4-litre Tjet is it no longer offers anything surprising.
No criticisms to be made of the Guilietta’s handling. It does the business just until the driver aids, which cannot be disconnected, kick in, which does inhibit one from pushing this Alfa’s performance envelope.
The front end is a reminder of the awesome 8C Competizione, the rear door handles are integrated into the bodywork but the rear end isn’t as original as one might expect from Alfa.
To sum up, yes the Guilietta is a good looking car, yes it has excellent road handling but this 170 brake horsepower 1.4-litre turbo is not what you want in a sports car. Alfa-Romeo’s know how when it comes to engines and sports cars should have given us more to salivate over.