Alfa Romeo’s slick looking Giulietta can now be bought with the firm’s TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox.
Introduced into the mainstream by Volkwagen under the ‘DSG’ banner and since seen in Audis, Seats and Skodas, twin-clutch automatics are now becoming a must-have option.
Available on most powerful Giuliettas
Twin-clutch gearboxes are designed to be a lot sportier in feel compared to a conventional automatic – an attribute Alfa Romeo clearly feels sits well with its image. Already available in the MiTo, the six-speed TCT gearbox will be offered on two of the more powerful Giulietta engine options – the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo petrol and the 2.0-litre JTDM-2 diesel, both with 168bhp.
The latter, with its 236lb ft of pulling power, is a convincing rival for the 168bhp VW Golf GTD – the diesel GTI – which is available with a comparable six-speed DSG gearbox. So equipped, the Golf costs a hefty £26,530 in five-door form, while the Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2 TCT costs £24,450 in Lusso and £25,290 in sporty Veloce trim. The Giulietta’s 119g/km CO2 and 62.8mpg are also significantly better than the Golf’s figures – and it’s faster too.
Petrol option looks most inviting
The petrol is a little bit quicker off the mark and manages an impressive 54.3mpg and 121g/km – the lowest CO2 figure of any petrol engine in the class says Alfa Romeo. It’s also cheaper, with prices starting at £21,855.
Alfa Romeo is also claiming TCT is lighter and more efficient than similar gearboxes used by rivals. It has been paired with the carmaker’s stop-start system among other efficiency-boosting measures. Costing an additional £1,350 on the petrol and £1,400 on the diesel, the new TCT gearbox is available to order now.
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta review – read our independent review of Alfa’s medium hatchback
- 2011 Which? Car Survey – find out how owners rated Alfa reliability
- Automatic gearbox guide – get information on all the different types of automatic gearboxes available
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