Italy's Golf rival hatchback is updated for 2019.

Alfa Romeo has updated its Golf-rivalling Giulietta for 2019, offering customers a choice of three trim levels and three engines.

Priced from £19,750, the revamped range starts with the 'Super’ variant, which is marked out by its silver trim around the front bumper and rear diffuser. That's in addition to the brightwork on the grille, door handles and headlight housing, as well as the 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Super gets new cloth upholstery with grey stitching, although black, brown or red leather will be available as an optional extra. And there are some new toys lurking in there, with cruise control, two-zone climate control and rear parking sensors all now coming as standard.

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

If you have £21,450 to spend on your Alfa, however, you can have the slightly sportier Speciale model. On the outside, it's set apart by black trim on the grille, door handles and mirrors, as well as dark alloy wheels and a black Giulietta badge on the tailgate. Red accents on the bumpers provide a dash of colour, though, while an oversized exhaust and sporty side skirts complete the look.

The Speciale gets a similar makeover inside, where there's Alcantara upholstery with red stitching and aluminium pedals, as well as a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

No matter how sporty those two versions look, though, customers’ choice of engines remain the same. Essentially, it's a matter of choosing between petrol or diesel power, with a 1.4-litre petrol representing the entry-level unit while a 1.6-litre diesel is the sole alternative. There's nothing to choose between the two in terms of power - both produce 118 bhp - but the diesel does command a £500 premium. Opting for the diesel also allows you to choose an automatic gearbox, but you will be stuck with the Super model and it'll cost you £1,250 more than a diesel with the manual gearbox.

If neither of those engines float your boat, however, there is a third way. The Giulietta Veloce represents the most potent model in the range, teaming a 2-litre diesel engine with an automatic gearbox to send 168 bhp to the front wheels.

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

But as well as upping the power, the Veloce also goes all out on the styling front. Sport bumpers with flashes of yellow are paired with dark 18-inch alloy wheels, while oversized yellow brake callipers vie for attention alongside twin exhaust pipes.

Inside, the yellow theme continues with contrast stitching on the Alcantara-trimmed seats, while the dashboard is adorned with a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard. Other standard-fit gizmos include front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers and electrically folding door mirrors.

The new Giulietta will go on sale next month after debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens its doors to the public on March 7.

Gallery: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulietta