Alfa Romeo's latest model, the Giulietta, got a five star rating with an overall score of 87/100 from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). Alfa Romeo said that the result points to the Giulietta as the safest compact ever. The vehicle's rating is made more impressive because in 2009, Euro NCAP implemented a new evaluation system.
In particular, the Giulietta got ratings of 97% for Adult Occupant, 85% for Child Occupant, 63% for Pedestrian Protection and 86% for Safety Assist. Alfa Romeo asserted that in 2012, the car will still have a five-star rating. With regards to safety features, the Giulietta is equipped with a Vehicle Dynamic Control system, a MSR system, which prevents wheel locking when the throttle is released, the DST (Dynamic Steering Torque) system, an Electronic Q2, and the innovative Prefill system.
The vehicle also features six airbags as standard (two of which are Multistage), three-point seatbelts with double pretensioners and load limit limiters.
It also has the SAHR (Self Aligning Head Restraints), a new second-generation device fitted onto the backrests of the front seats that moves the head restraints closer to the occupants' heads when an impact is detected. This feature minimizes the effects of whiplash.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta perfectly blends sportiness and style to reset the brand’s technological standards as well as emotional values.
Its front end features a new interpretation of the classic shield. This shield serves as the focal point for the Giulietta’s design, allowing the car to fuse an energetic character and an elegant form. The headlights feature daytime running lights employing LED technology as well as a day light function.
When viewed from the sides, the profile of the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta reveals an agile and sturdy personality, as made possible by side windows similar to that of a coupe as well as to the concealed rear door handles. In addition, the ribs on the sides seemingly elongate the Giulietta while its clean lines, especially at the rear, help accentuate the body’s angular shape.
On the rear, the new Giulietta features styling that gives the impression of a muscular car. Just like the headlights, the rear lights also employ LED technology to improve levels of preventive safety.
In terms of dimensions, the Giulietta measures 4.35 meters in length, 1.46 meters in height and 1.80 meters in width, with a wheelbase of 2.63 meters. This allowed the new Giulietta to have a compact and dynamic shape, while offering great levels of comfort and a boot that could accommodate up to 350 litres.
Inside, the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta offers a cabin in Italian style, as created with great attention to detail and high quality materials. Interestingly, the interior of the new Giulietta is dominated by the concept of lightness. Featuring clean lines and horizontally developed dashboard, the car is fitted with comfortable seats shaped to ensure optimal comfort during long trips.
Advanced ergonomics allowed for the ideal location for every switch, with the main ones grouped together at the center of the dashboard. The main switches have the same design as those on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Meanwhile, the navigation system with pop-up display means that drivers could peek at the vehicle route or the operating parameters without taking their eyes off the road.