We made the mistake of letting the Giulietta seduce us. What were we thinking (were we at all?) when we allowed ourselves to fall in love with a young Italian goddess? We believed every word she said - yes, she spoke to us through her curves. Once she put her spell on us, Giulietta hit us with its
Don’t get us wrong, it’s not a bad interior. However, if you consider the standard set by the exterior and the price of the version we tested, you just can’t be satisfied. OK, your eyes will be pleased, but if you zoom in, or decide to also use your tactile sense, you’ll be disappointed.
Let’s get into the details of the eye candy: the seats, the steering wheel, the gear shifter and the handbrake lever are covered in black leather that uses red contrasting stitching. The pedals and the gearknob bring an aluminum finish, while the dashboard trimming, which is spread over a generous area, uses a titanium effect.
It is now time to rewind and tell you that the seats aren’t what they’re supposed to be. They’re just not an efficient weapon in the battle with the G forces. OK, so is this because Alfa wanted to make them comfortable? Well... not quite. They can be like that for long trips, but don’t excel at this chapter either.
As for the aforementioned gear knob, this has to be one of the largest we’ve ever shook hands with, offering us a strange sensation every time we changed gears. Actually, we suspect that the employees that handled the creation of the interior were members of the S&M community. Let’s take the door finish for example. The area you touch when you use the armrest comes dressed in what seems to be a silk-imitating leather, but touch the one just above it and you might bruise yourself.
The overall ergonomics leave enough to be desired. It doesn’t take long to find an almost comfortable driving position (you just can’t keep your knee from hitting the center console), but whether you’ll want to play with the on-board computer or just operate the climate control, you end up being forced to learn the car’s language, when its supposed to be the other way around.
Excepting the part with the driver’s knee and the center console, the cabin offers loads of space, with this impression becoming stronger in the back. The 350 liters of the luggage compartment place the Giulietta on the podium of the compact segment, with the access to the boot being facile. Continue reading