Geneva Motor Show: Alfa Romeo finally launches new stylish family hatchback, the Giulietta

Will Powell

Due to go on sale in the UK from May, Alfa is showing off the top performing Quadrifoglio Verde model, which offers 235bhp from its turbocharged 1.8-litre engine. There’ll also be a 1.4-litre MultiAir and JTDM turbodiesel available when the car goes on sale for real, all fitted with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox. All engines are fitted with the Fiat Group’s stop-start technology to improve emissions.

Based on the new Bravo platform, Alfa believes the Giulietta offers road holding and handling dynamics to match the best available in a competitive class. And even though it’s compact, a poke around inside reveales a platform with plenty of room for occupants and an impressive 350 litres of boot space.

The interior quality – often a problem for Alfa - seems a stylishly fitted cut above the competition too. If they get the pricing right, the Giulietta will be one to watch out for when it goes on sale in May.