2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce

Matt Tierney

2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce

Base price: $24,250 (est.)
Price as tested: $34,500 (est.)

Standard Equipment:
1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine
6-speed manual transmission
Dark brushed aluminum inserts
Fog lights
Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob w/red stitching
Dual zone climate control
Cruise control
Front armrest
Aluminum sport pedals
Aluminum kick plates
Immobilizer and alarm system
Blue & Me
Media player w/USB
Darkened headlights
Side skirts
DNA (dynamic, normal, all-weather drive modes)
Space saver spare tire

Options on this vehicle (approximate prices, converted from euros):
18-inch 5-hole alloy wheels - $875
Exclusive paint w/satin effect mirrors - $2525
Sport leather upholstery, front & rear armrests, rear third head restraint, heated front seats - $3800
Satellite navigation - $1750
BOSE sound system - $1150

Key options not on vehicle (approximate prices, converted from euros):
Cloverleaf model (Base price $28,400)
Veloce features plus...
Dark tinted windows
Cloverleaf badges
Red brake calipers
Lowered sport suspension
Visibility pack
18-in. spoke alloy wheels w/dark titanium finish

Fuel economy:

1.4L turbocharged I-4
Horsepower: 168 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm


Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: N/A

Wheels/tires: 18-inch alloys

Competitors: Volkswagen GTI, Mazdaspeed 3

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Alfa-Romeo in the USA? Why won't this be yet another introduction to yet another endless delay?If they'd have come a year or two ago (as they announced), I'd have an Alfa now. But I'm worn out. None will be considered until they're on the streets here for a year!
Giulietta 1.4 isn't GTI's and Mazdaspeed3 competitor, but a regular Golf and Mazda3. Mazdaspeed3 and GTI's competitor is Giulietta QV 1.7.Giulietta has a price on par with Golf in Europe. In Europe GTI has almost a same price as Giulietta QV. In US, even if Alfa prices Giulietta higher than Golf, it certainly won't be more than $2,000 or $3,000.So, Giulietta 1.4 turbo like you just tested should start at $20,000, and 1.7T QV will start around $26,000, which is just between GTI and Audi A3 2.0T. And in Europe, Giulietta is couple of grand cheaper than comparable Audi A3.And the engine which you just tested will be in next Dodge Hornet or Dart or whatever they had decided to call a Caliber replacement. So, it will be interesting to se 1.4 turbo in Dodge compact vs 1.4T in Cruze, 1.8 in Elantra and 2.0 in Focus.

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