2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint revealed

In its push to recapture the hearts and minds of the car buying public, Alfa Romeo has revived one of the most romantic names in its back catalogue. The Giulietta Sprint brings new desirable options to the hatchback as it approaches the end of its life.

Built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the original Alfa Giulietta Sprint, the new car shares a sub-1.4-litre capacity with its 1959 forebear (shown below). That’s where the similarities end, however, because the new car gets a intercooled turbocharger and Fiat’s multiair valve control to deliver more than twice the output of the original.

What’s new?

The Sprint gets new 17-inch alloy wheels, darkened surrounds and tints for the windows and a “bespoke” Sprint badge. The surrounds for the headlights, fog lights, front grille, mirrors and door handles get dark anthracite finishes. At the back, a new sporty diffuser houses an oversized exhaust trim – all aimed to make the Giulietta look more menacing.

Inside, cloth and Alcantara seats finished with Sprint logos are fitted and join the new sports instruments, carbon-look dashboard and door panels. The leather steering wheel and floor mats now get red stitching for an extra flash of style.

What powers it?

Little has been done to the Sprint under the skin. The uprated 150hp version of its 1.4-litre engine, shared with the rest of the Fiat/Alfa line-up, sends the Sprint sprinting to 62mph from rest in 8.2 seconds and on to a 130mph top speed. Fuel efficiency is rated at 49.6mpg while it emits 131g/km of CO2.

How much will it cost?

On sale early 2015, the Giulietta Sprint costs £20,490. Options include a double sunroof, xenon headlights, climate control, sat-nav, a Bose sound system and rear parking sensors. It undercuts an equivalent Volkswagen Golf by around £3,000 but a Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBoost with a handful of options will cost roughly the same.

Rivals?

Take a look at our reviews of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Mazda3 before committing to the Alfa. Or, if you’re not sure what to go for, take a look at our guide to five sensible family cars for under £15,000.

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