"Veloce in Italian sounds better than fast in English"
"Is it the best current hot hatch in the market?"
"Styling is sensual, passionate, and appealing and forces you to feel something you merely cannot clarify" said Issam.
I personally drove the Giulietta back in 2011 and now, after few years, I picked up the new Giulietta Veloce from the official distributor Gargour Automotive in Lebanon for a weekend drive. The Veloce is the newest addition to the Giulietta family. The combination is familiar too, despite minor updates related to the new badge that aims to give the Guilietta a fresh look.
When I jumped inside the Giulietta,I had high expectations for it. It looks exceptional and makes you feel exceptional as well. The instrument cluster and the dials look crafted by an artist which makes Alfa Romeos so special. The same goes for the seats, that are trimmed with Alcantara fabric and assorted with leather. But my concern goes to the central infotainment. When I had a look at it, it gave me an immediate flashback to the FCA’s infotainment screen across the entire lineup! Does it ruin Alfa’s artistic touch?
When you walk around the car you instantaneously notice the red striping, red brake calipers, and twin pipes that distinguish the new Veloce from the previous model.
How does it drive? Well under the hood of the Veloce, a 1.75-litre turbocharged four cylinders engine produces 177kW of power at 5,750rpm, and 340Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm. Decently speaking, it’s a powerful engine that likes to be revved up when driven on the beautiful mountainous curvy roads in Lebanon, while the firm and quick torque is overpowering for the front wheels, due to the light weight of 1,300 kg.
The Alfa’s engine is, by some means, pretty adjacent to AMG with a spoiled character connected through a deep bass note at low revs, and rises to a rough scream when really revved up. I’m pretty sure if you get the chance to drive it, you are going to know that there’s something special laying under the bonnet!
I know that Alfa Romeo is still climbing the ladder step by step in our Middle-East market. The good thing about the Middle-East is that Lebanon in particular, doesn’t need any awareness about the brand, but maybe the dealer needs to offer some packages to the clients such as warranty, service package and even a competitive price versus its rivals in the market. So, if you’re seeking Alfa Romeo, it’s certainly because you want something different, an eye-catching, sporty machine to stand out in the crowd. With the addition of the dual-clutch automatic transmission and a revised engine mapping, the Veloce has that middle ground choice.
Pros: Great turbo engine, pleasing steering and handling, attractive look.
Cons: tight in the back seat, steering wheel design feels motionless, infotainment system looks aftermarket.
Rivals: Volkswagen Golf GTI, Audi S3, Mercedes A250, Infiniti Q30 S, Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane RS, Peugeot 308 GTi, Mini Cooper S (5-door).
4 / 5 stars
One word: expressive.
1.75-liters, 4-cylinders, 240 hp @ 5,750rpm, 340 Nm @ 2,000rpm
6-speed dual-clutch automatic, FWD
0-100 kph: 6 secs, top speed: 220 kph, fuel consumption: 6.8L/100km
Weight: 1,320 kg