Spot the difference: Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift

Alfa Romeo has revealed its facelifted version of the Giulietta with, it says, the aim of trying to emphasise the hatchback’s genetic links with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon.

The Giulietta features very minor tweaks to the front-end styling that includes a new honeycomb grille; black bumper inserts and revised headlamp and fog light surrounds.

Inside the new Giulietta has new seat upholsteries, dashboard and door panel finishes and some revised tech.

This includes a five-inch Uconnect infotainment system and Alfa Performance, a new service specifically created to enhance the car’s driving experience.

By using an array of digital gauges and instruments it allows drivers to measure their performance and driving and they can receive the statistics on their smartphone, which can also provide them with real-time driving tips.

Uconnect now comes with smartphone enabled services such as music streaming, Facebook check-in and news updates from Reuters.

There also changes under the bonnet such as the option to combine the 120hp 1.6 JTDM-2 turbo diesel engine with the Alfa TCT twin dry-clutch transmission.

This will enable the new duo to reach a top speed of 121mph and accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.2 second, while achieving 74.3mpg and emitting 99g/km of CO2.

The refreshed style elements are accompanied by a comprehensive standard equipment list which includes a leather steering wheel with audio remote controls, air conditioning, the Alfa DNA selector, six airbags, 16-inch ‘Turbine’ alloy wheels, one-touch electric windows all round and steering-wheel paddle shifters on TCT-equipped models.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta goes on sale on April 1 with prices starting at £18,450.