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An honest review of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT

By SYF77 on 12 May 2012


At the time this article was penned, there is yet to be a local review of the recently launched Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT. Hence, while browsing YouTube I stumbled upon this review of the Giulietta TCT, which was conducted by a UK website called ‘honestjohn.co.uk’.

Dressed like a police detective, the straight-faced reviewer conducted the test and gave his honest comments on the sexy Italian hatch. He may not be as hilarious as Jeremy Clarkson but for sure, the review is informative for potential Giulietta buyers. So sit back, relax and enjoy the video.

Some takeaways from the review:
1.) The six-speed TCT dry dual-clutch transmission can handle a maximum of 350Nm of torque. (This is higher than the 250Nm that the VW 7-speed dry-clutch DSG can handle).
2.) Left to its own device, the TCT is beautifully smooth. A manual override is available.
3.) The Giutlietta TCT is more fuel efficient than the Golf Sport (160 bhp DSG)
4.) The car’s 205/55 R16 tires helped the ride quality quite a lot. (The Singapore-bound Giulietta rides on 17-inch alloys).
5.) Head and leg room for rear passengers is not bad, although not class-leading.
6.) Corning is very flat with almost no roll, giving confidence when driving into bents.
7.) Finally, the reviewer liked the performance, ride comfort, handling and the economy.

Those who had booked the Giulietta TCT, I guess there is very little to regret about your decision, if any at all.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Felipe May 13 2012 12:19 AM
You should watch more Clarkson videos on why people buy...or don't buy Alfas.

For starters, there's the 147GTA and 166 video if haven't already seen them.

Also, most Alfa fans aren't bothered by point 2 & 3 too much. In fact, too smooth is not great as Alfa fans want to feel the gearshifts.

Point 6 is good though.
Ilmw May 13 2012 03:51 PM
Mito's TCT is said to have initial teething issues with its programming. Hope it's resolved for the Giulietta.

Mito/Giulietta's new design language is not just the exterior - interior as well, and I suspect, it extends to the whole car. By just the interior, comparing with 159/147, I'm not sure I'm buying the new direction...
Ilmw May 13 2012 03:55 PM
Oh, and Leng Kee is saying the 1750 TBi Giulietta will be opened for special order starting in Jun 2012.

Oh, did anyone notice Malaysia has also just launched (12 May 2012) the Giulietta. Like SG, it also has just the 1.4 model. Coincidence? Alfa SG/MY AD is linked? Or has Fiat factory something to do with the 2 year delay?
Soran May 13 2012 04:20 PM
The biggest bummer for local buyers is the lack of paddle shifters for the 1.4 TCT
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