2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta vs Volkswagen Golf GTI: New Faces For Rivalry

As a close competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI over the years, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has perhaps been a little too odd-looking and dated in aesthetics.

While a refresh ahead of the Geneva Auto Show will brighten its allure – via slight changes to the front fascia and brand emblem – the hatchback has largely retained its ‘old’ look.

Besides subtle changes to the exterior, the cabin received a little revision that sees it wear newer upholstery and pack a the Uconnect infotainment system from parent company FCA improves its access to popular apps like Facebook and Deezer.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta (Photo Credit: Carscoops)

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta (Photo Credit: Carscoops)

Its assortment of engines provide a range of output that tops off at 175hp. The more interesting model is the Giulietta Veloce that does 240hp with 221lb-ft torque and packs sportier accouterments, inside and out, that includes redesigned side skirts and Alcantara seat upholstery.

The refreshed 2017 Volkswagen Golf/GTI will also make it to the Geneva Auto Show. Despite not having any pictures of it, the hatch receiving bumper redesigns, front and back, as well as restyled lights and additional choices for alloy wheels.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Akin the Golf R, the GTI gets a configurable instrument cluster pilfered from the European Passat on top of a heads-up display and a new infotainment system managed through a 9.2-inch touchscreen.

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine worth 210hp and 258lb-ft torque. Buyers can opt for the SE model with a Performance Package that deals an additional 10hp.

Which do you think has upgraded better?