A stylish Italian with a stunning body and power to boot. We’re talking about the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, what are you thinking about? The more energetic version of the car manufacturer’s elegant hatchback, the Giulietta, the QV model proves to be a thrilling drive with good looks to match. The appended letters stand for Quadrifoglio Verde, Italian for ‘four leaf clover’. It signifies the car’s more powerful performance capabilities, and pays homage to its racing past. After a week behind the wheel of a Giulietta QV, we’ve compiled our thoughts on Alfa Romeo’s hot hatch.
In all regards, the Giulietta QV is a good looking car. A sporty looking front with the unmistakable Alfa Romeo grille and logo is a good indication of its powerful driving abilities. It also looks premium, which really sets it apart from its competitors. Few embellishments mark the car’s exterior, except for the QV signifying four leaf clover symbol above the front wheels.
Each of the car’s 10 paint options offers a nice complement to its simple design, with two different shades of red available if you want to go for the quintessential Alfa look. Our model had the Anodized Blue finish, which looked spectacular and impressively modern.
The car’s sporty theme continues as you open the door and step inside, with aluminium pedals and a well laid out dash. Though our model didn’t have them, sports seats are also available on the Giulietta QV, which would add to the car’s essence of performance. Another aesthetically pleasing feature is the large leather, flat bottom steering wheel, which feels exquisite and high quality.
A welcome addition to the new model of the Giulietta QV over its earlier iterations is a built-in 6.5-inch screen with sat nav and Bluetooth. It utilises Fiat Chrysler’s UConnect system, which was easy to use; I hooked up my iPhone via bluetooth painlessly and then it would automatically reconnect every time I got in the car. Both incoming and outgoing calls were a breeze and the controls on the steering wheel meant that after a few days I didn’t even have to look down to press a button. Although there was no reversing camera on the car, front and back beepers were enough to reverse park into some fairly tight spots comfortably.
The Giulietta QV’s boot boasts a whopping 350L capacity, making it ideal for road trips or the weekly grocery run. Space in the back seat is compromised slightly to preference a more comfortable front seat experience, though it’s still manageable for a couple of adults on longer drives.
Borrowed from Alfa’s impressive 4C, the Giulietta QV’s 1.75L turbo petrol engine is entirely formidable. Over 20kgs lighter than older models, thanks to its new aluminium construction, it delivers 177kw of power at 5,750 rpm and 340Nm torque at 2,000 rpm.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV’s Twin Clutch Transmission (TCT) is smooth and works well with the engine. One of my favourite parts of driving the car was using Launch Control, a special feature of the TCT. Press down on the brake pedal and accelerator and squeeze one of the gearshift paddles, and as soon as you lift the brake the car is off. Doing this gets you from o to 100 in a mere 6 seconds, which is a thrill, to say the least!
The car features three different drive modes, referred to as DNA (Dynamic, Natural, All Weather). Dynamic holds gears longer and stiffens up the suspension and is great fun when you have room to drive with a little bit more passion than usual. Natural is what you’ll most likely spend most of your time in when driving around the city and provides a comfortable drive without compromising on excitement too much. Though we didn’t give A a shot, it’s what you should flick the car to if the conditions are particularly treacherous. We don’t imagine it’ll see a lot of use unless you’re caught up in snow storms on the regular.
The Wrap-Up – Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV Review
A car that has it all – looks, power and excellent overall performance – the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV is a solid choice if you’re in the market for a hot hatch with style. It would work just as well as a car for your daily commute as it does tearing in and out of some corners in your spare time.