:tut: Incorrect - it DREW with the golf as best in class :wow:Theres a 6 page detailed comparison test in the magazine.
To put you all out of your misery - it came a very, very close 2nd to the Golf and beat the Focus.
They mention the new Astra in passing, but only to say that it's not in the same class as the Focus, Golf or Giulietta. I get the feeling they started this as a four-way group test, then realised that Astra wasn't in the running and "Alfa Beats Focus (but surely it can't beat the Golf too?)" was a better headline -- it's the headline that's on the front of the magazine after all.Andrew Frankel - Autocar group test said:So, Golf or Giulietta, Giulietta or Golf? Truly in the hundreds of group tests I've refereed, I can recall none closer, which is a colossal compliment to the Alfa. It's not just a head or heart thing, because the Guilietta is a perfectly sensible family car and the Golf a never less than engaging place from which to tackle a decent road. But the VW's defences are so complete that not even the talented Giuiletta can land a killer blow.
So, think of this outcome like an Ashes tour: if the series is drawn, whoever already has the trophy keeps it, which s what the Golf gets to do here. It really was that close.
Agreed - Even Autocar's reviewers seem to contradict each other - Their review of the 170MA was excellent and praised the cars handling and supportive seats :thumbsAlfa Romeo Giulietta - Road Test First Drive - Autocar.co.uk) . However, their review of the CL wasn't so positive and criticised the handling and "unsupportive" seats (Alfa Giulietta 1750 TBi Cloverleaf - Road Test First Drive - Autocar.co.uk)Yes, I read this when it came out and Autocar obviously rate it, which is good. However, other publications don't, as I mentioned elsewhere, so potential owners need to try it and decide for themselves.