The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce is the often overlooked Italian equivalent of a VW Golf GTI, but does this mean it’s a dud?
OK, maybe it’s not the most fair of comparisons, as the Giulietta has been around since VW was selling the Golf MK6. Nevertheless it’s interesting to see how it stacks up against its more modern competition.
The hot version of the Giulietta started life as the Quadrifoglio Verde, only to be renamed Veloce during its 2016 facelift. The update also brought the delete of the manual option, leaving the turbocharged 240hp 1,75-liter engine solely with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Yes, it’s the same powertrain as the one in the 4C mid-engined sports car.
Although it’s still one of the more powerful contenders in the segment, the Giulietta Veloce didn’t score highly on reviewers’ minds, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any fun to be had.
The latest incarnation of the VW Golf GTI on the other hand is arguably the king of the segment, offering a great balance between everyday usability and driving thrills, a balance that is now mixed with the latest tech both inside and under the skin.
Harry Metcalfe goes for a back-to-back comparison on the road, bringing his son’s personal Veloce and his feedback on how the two cars compare to each other. Let’s find out if the Giulietta Veloce is either a missed opportunity or the segment’s overlooked gem on the video that follows.