Alfa Romeo Giulietta awarded top safety rating

Alfa’s latest small family car received a score of 97 per cent on adult occupant safety which matches the highest ever score achieved since the test was revised last year.

The five-door Giulietta was awarded 85 per cent in child occupant safety and 63 per cent in pedestrian safety – double the score given to the Mercedes C-Class in the same test.

During the tests, experts measured the effects of frontal, side and rear impact as well as safety features such as seat belts and electronic stability control (ESC). A left-hand drive Alfa Romeo 1.6 LT JTD ‘Distinctive’ was used for the tests, but EuroNCAP says the result applies to all models.

In the recently introduced safety assist category, the Giulietta was awarded 83 per cent thanks to the Alfa-designed DNA system capable of monitoring the electronic safety devices in the Giulietta.

The DNA system checks the steering, response and torque from the engine and the brakes and adjusts them to maximise safety and control.

The Giulietta boasts ESC as standard equipment on all variants, along with a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats.

An overall five-star rating means the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is one of the safest hatchbacks on European roads.

Alfa says it designed the car specifically to achieve the top five-star EuroNCAP rating in order to ‘offer total protection for both driver and passengers’.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is priced from £17,000 and will be released in the UK to coincide with the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June.