If you like Alfa Romeos, you’ll love the updated Giulietta QV because it’s one of the Italian make’s best models in a long time.

You’ll live happily without the Volkswagen Golf GTi’s Teutonic efficiency and relish the QV’s beautiful looks and characterful engine of traditional 1750cc capacity.

The top-spec QV TCT (twin-clutch automatic) get all the good bits, from piano-black dash, flat-bottom steering wheel and leather trim to launch control, 18 inch alloys and Bose audio. But no
standard reversing camera.

The TCT auto is rifle-bolt fast for sports driving, and key to 0-100 kmh acceleration in 6.0 seconds flat. But at parking speeds its jumpy on-off nature can be very difficult to manage.

Cornering ability is what you expect from Alfa – joyful.

$42,000 plus on-roads | Hot hatch
1.75 litre turbo-petrol | 173kW/340Nm
FOR: Beautiful looks, 1750 engine
AGAINST: Tricky TCT transmission
VERDICT: The sexy alternative