2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta (Progression, Distinctive and Quadrifoglio Verde) Review - Official photos, features, specs

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These are precisely the features which make the Alfa Romeo Giulietta so popular for everyday use, the same qualities which have led it to be awarded a generous 16 prizes from the international press so far, including: “Auto Europa 2011” (Italian Automotive Specialised Press Association), "Die besten Autos 2011" (Auto Motor und Sport, Germany), "Greek Car of the Year 2011" (Automotive press, Greece), “Volante d’oro 2010” (Auto Swiat, Poland), "Design Award 2010" (Auto Bild, Germany), "Auto Trophy 2010" (AutoZeitung, Germany), Trophée 2011 (Argus, France - in the "Compacte" category for the Alfa Giulietta 1.6 JTDM 105), "Best Car in Class 2010" (Bilmagasinet, Denmark) and "Women’s car of the year 2010" (Zurnal, Slovenia).

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a heady mix of technology, as demonstrated by the brilliant 1.4 MultiAir Turbopetrol engine - awarded the “Best New Engine of the Year 2010” by the International Engine of The Year jury panel - alongside the 140 HP 2.0 JTDM-2 which completes the range of turbo diesels.

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The Giulietta is not merely at the technological cutting-edge, it is also a functional car that affords roomy interiors and superior comfort with 5 comfortable seats, in addition to being the safest compact car ever according to Euro NCAP (5-star 2010 rating with an overall score of 87/100) with a focus on minimising running costs, as demonstrated by the 35,000 km servicing intervals for diesel engines.

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Devised to cater to the different needs of drivers in the segment in pursuit of safety, driving satisfaction and comfort, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is available in three trim levels (Progression, Distinctive and Quadrifoglio Verde), to which two different optional extras for customising the car can be added. Specifically, the models on show at the Alfa Romeo stand include the 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir customised with the Sport Pack which enhances the sporty spirit of the car, with specific features which improve the already excellent handling of the car and includes 18’’ alloy wheels (or as an alternative, 17’’), side skirts, sports pedals, wraparound seats with leather and microfibre upholstery, brushed burnished aluminium dashboard insert, burnished headlight frames and dark interiors.

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All devices linked to active and passive safety are fitted as standard over the entire range: from the dynamic vehicle control device, "Alfa DNA" (with Q2 electronic differential, DST and Pre-fill), VDC (including ASR and Hill Holder), 6 airbags, front seat belts with dual pretensioner and front seats with anti-whiplash system as standard.

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The Giulietta guarantees the highest levels of performance and technology through a range of engines that represent the state-of-the-art in terms of technology, performance levels and eco-friendliness. To date, 5 turbo engines are available, all Euro 5 compliant and with "Start&Stop" system as standard to reduce fuel consumption and emissions: two petrol versions (1.4TB - 120 HP and 1.4TB MultiAir - 170 HP, the latter voted “Best New Engine 2010”) and three diesel versions (1.6 JTDM - 105 HP, 2.0 JTDM - 170 HP and the new 2.0 JTDM - 140 HP, all with generous service intervals of 35,000 km).

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The 235 HP 1750 TBi combined with the exclusive Quadrifoglio Verde trim level completes the offer. This engine affords a specific torque of 195 Nm/litre which is the highest of all petrol engines in this category and - an excellent feature - the torque of 340 Nm is distributed at just 1,900 rpm. In detail, the 1750 Turbo petrol engine boasts advanced technological solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any “turbo lag”.

Depending on the version, some interesting content is available, including dual zone automatic climate control, bi-xenon headlights with AFS function, rear parking sensors, Bose Hi-Fi system, Blue&Me-TomTom system, radio navigation system with maps and pop-up display, TMC Pro and SD card with European map®.

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The safest compact car for Euro NCAP (2010 rating)

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta achieved the prestigious Euro NCAP 5-star rating with an overall score of 87/100 (2010 rating): an extraordinary result that makes it the safest compact ever. The rating is even more important considering that since 2009 Euro NCAP has adopted a new scheme composed of four areas of assessment, namely Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and a new area: Safety Assist. Injury avoidance and mitigation functions, such as seat belt reminder, ESP and speed limiter, are also rated.

Achieving a five-star rating will become increasingly tough year by year (2009, 2010-2011, 2012). In this scenario, the rating achieved by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (97% Adult Occupant, 85% Child Occupant, 63% Pedestrian Protection and 86% Safety Assist) means that the car will also have five-star rating in 2012 when the system will have reached maximum severity.

This major accolade yet again confirms Alfa Romeo’s particular commitment to all aspects relating to passive and active safety. Proof of this, for instance, is the adoption of the most advanced electronic dynamic control devices (from braking to traction): the Vehicle Dynamic Control system, which manages key functions, like Hill Holder, traction control and assisted panic braking, the MSR system, which prevents wheel locking when the throttle is released, the DST (Dynamic Steering Torque) system, Electronic Q2, which electronically simulates the presence of a self-locking differential, and the brand-new Pre-fill system, which - in Dynamic mode - alerts the braking system that the accelerator pedal has been released to decrease intervention time and consequently braking distance.

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Fifteen thousand hours of virtual simulations facilitated the creation of the new “Compact” architecture. The quality of virtual design was materially put to the test on the cars made at the Cassino plant by running more than a hundred tests on components and subsystems, one hundred and fifty Hyge slide shock test simulations and more than a hundred crash tests (frontal impact, side impact, roll-over and shunting, taking various speeds, different types of obstacles and the need to protect occupants physically very different from one another into account).

These numbers confirm Alfa's deep-rooted commitment to making the Alfa Romeo Giulietta one of the safest cars in Europe. Total protection, in short, as evidenced by six airbags as standard (two of which Multistage), three point seatbelts with double pretensioners and load limiters and S.A.H.R. (Self Aligning Head Restraint) system, a new second generation device built into the backrests of the front seats that moves the head restraints closer to the occupants' heads in the event of a crash to lessen the effects of whiplash.

The efficacy of all these devices is maximised by a three load line front structure that guarantees structural uniformity and consequently uniformity of response in the event of frontal impact regardless of the type of obstacles or vehicle that the car crashes into. This is a breakthrough in partner protection, because the vehicle is less aggressive when crashing into the front or side of another vehicle, and in self protection, because the uniform deformation makes the retaining systems more effective regardless of the type of crash.

In the field of preventive safety, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta also adopts LED headlights with Daytime Running Light function that automatically turn on the sidelights when the engine is started and LED tail lights, brighter than conventional bulbs, thus providing extra safety.

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The innovative “Alfa TCT” transmission

After its debut on the Alfa Romeo MiTo, the Giulietta is the second Group model to combine an "Alfa TCT" transmission with the 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir turbo petrol engine, a distillate of technology which blends high performance levels with the lowest emissions and fuel consumption levels in its category for petrol engines of this power rating. This Alfa Romeo Giulietta returns outstanding performance: 218 km/h top speed, 5.2 l/100 km over a combined cycle, 121 g/km of CO 2 and just 7.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.

To complement its range of automatic transmissions, Alfa Romeo will also fit the Alfa TCT on the 170 HP 2.0 JTD diesel engine. In this case too, the teaming of this latest engine with the Alfa TCT helps the Giulietta enhance its performance levels and fuel consumption/emissions: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h drops from 8.0 seconds to 7.9 seconds, consumption levels (combined cycle) drop from 4.7 l/100 km to 4.5 l/100 km while CO2 emission levels attain record levels for an engine in this category, totalling 119 g/km (previously 124 g/km).

The “Alfa TCT” transmission is controlled by a lever with precise and ergonomic movements, which can be combined with shift paddles behind the steering wheel for a sporty and engaging drive.

In detail, the operation of the “Alfa TCT” transmission is distinguished by maximum interaction with the vehicle's systems. To allow for the best performance on the road, depending on the drive conditions and on the driver's request, the transmission interacts with the braking, engine control, Alfa DNA selector, Start&Stop and vehicle stability control system.

Thanks to the speed with which the parameters are processed, the transmission can modify the speed of gear shift, manage the torque delivery on low grip roads, and it can operate completely automatically or as a manual sequential gearbox. Developed and produced by FPT – Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the new “Alfa TCT” device, conceptually consists of two gearboxes in parallel, each with its own clutch, which allows the subsequent gear to be selected and engaged while the previous one is still engaged. The gear is therefore changed with a simple gradual switch of the corresponding clutches, guaranteeing continuous torque delivery and therefore traction.

The result is a driving comfort and sporty feeling well above that offered by conventional automatic transmissions (with torque converter), as proven by greater speed of gear shift, the possibility of selecting between manual or automatic mode and a near-zero power loss during the gear change. In addition, the purchasing, servicing and running costs are limited, and fuel consumption is reduced, thanks also to the implementation of the Start&Stop system, by up to 10% less than with a traditional automatic hydraulic transmission.

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Other peculiar features of the new "Alfa TCT" are its flexibility of application, thanks to the compact size of its components, and the fact that it is a dry twin clutch (the type of clutch that guarantees the highest degree of efficiency in terms of fuel consumption among all automatic transmissions).

If we compare "Dry" clutches with oil bath ("Wet") ones, we can safely say that the former dissipate energy only during the actual slipping phase of the gear change and on pick-up, whereas wet clutches, which always operate in an oil bath, introduce losses due to viscous friction such as those of conventional automatic transmissions even when they are not in operation.

What's more, they require forced cooling with oil and therefore continuous energy expenditure to drive the dedicated oil pump (absent in the case of "Dry" clutches).

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A wet automatic transmission also requires approximately 4.8 litres more gearbox oil than the dry version, again for reasons of clutch cooling (in this way, weight is added and losses due to splashing increase). When all these effects are added together, a "Dry" transmission is found to be approximately 6% more efficient than the corresponding "Wet" one in terms of consumption. Last but not least, the advantages of the dry clutch include the lower cost and the increased ease of installation.

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