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ALFA ROMEO GIULIA
Alfa Romeo Giulia Review
- Stunning looks
- Sporty driving experience
- Good levels of standard safety equipment
- Characterful cabin
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Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Diesel 180hp Speciale
Alfa Romeo Giulia - Overview
The Giulia is Alfa Romeo’s return to the compact executive saloon marketplace, somewhere it hasn’t been represented since the 159 model ended production in 2011. And it’s quite a return, with the stylish saloon looking every inch how a suave Italian entrant to this sector should look, but there is real substance beneath the style in terms of it being a genuine company car contender that does sensible as well as it does superficial.
What is the Alfa Romeo Giulia like to drive?
The Giulia has substance beneath its style and goes as well as it looks like it should. The 180hp diesel engine, in particular, is punchy in offering good acceleration and the suspension has been set up to balance nicely between excellent handling when the driver wants to get sporty, but without the ride being overly hard. That’s helped by clever weight loss technology, making the Giulia very light for the class, which makes it feel nimbler as well as aiding efficiency. The Alfa settles down very nicely for a motorway cruise and excellent refinement levels at higher speeds make for relaxing longer runs. The sporty drive is helped by a pleasantly small steering wheel that responds rapidly to inputs. All cars get Alfa’s DNA drive mode selector, allowing the driver to pick between sporty, balanced and eco settings.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 2.0 turbo 200hp, 138g/km CO2 (28% BIK), 47.1mpg
- 2.0 turbo 280hp, 141g/km CO2 (29% BIK), 46.3mpg
- 2.9 turbo 510hp Quadrifoglio, 198g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 34.4mpg
- 2.2 150hp, 109g/km CO2 (25% BIK), 67.3mpg
- 2.2 180hp, 109g/km CO2 (25% BIK), 67.3mpg
- 8-speed automatic
Alfa Romeo Giulia trim levels explained
There are four standard trim levels for the Giulia, plus the high-performance Quadrifoglio as a stand-alone model at the top of the range. The regular model trim levels are called Giulia, Super, Speciale and Veloce, though only certain engines are available with each trim.
Giulia (200hp petrol only)
- DAB radio
- 16” alloy wheels
- Automatic lights and wipers
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Dual-zone climate control
- Cruise control
- Rear parking sensors
- 6.5” screen
- DNA drive mode select
Super (in addition to Giulia) (200hp petrol and 150hp/180hp diesels)
- 17” alloys
- Satellite navigation
- Leather/cloth seats
Speciale (in addition to Super) (180hp diesel only)
- 18” alloys
- Bi-Xenon headlights
- Powered heated leather front seats
- Heated steering wheel and mirrors
- Sports front and rear bumpers
- Split/fold 40:20:40 rear seats
Veloce (in addition to Speciale) (280hp petrol only)
- Uprated 18” alloys
- Uprated brakes
- Black brake calipers
- Front parking sensors
- Aluminium gearshift paddles
How to spec the Alfa Romeo Giulia
With the 180hp diesel being the engine of choice for such a sporty looking car, it’s worth paying the extra to go up to the Speciale trim from Super, the two available with this engine. Most of the toys a driver would want are standard but dabbling in the options list could include tinted rear windows for £275, front parking sensors for £200, a cargo net for the boot at £75 and the £450 keyless entry system.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior – what’s it like?
The interior is a triumph of individuality in a cabin that seems to wrap itself round the driver in a gorgeously cozy way. The starter button mounted on the steering wheel rather than the dashboard is a nice individual touch that implies sporting credentials, and the seats are very comfortable and supportive. Another neat feature is that the gear level positions light up when you start the car. Boot space matches the Giulia’s rivals exactly at 480 litres, and rear passenger space is also similar to the main premium brand rivals.
A welcome breath of style and individuality, but with the quality underneath to back up the looks. Alfa Romeo’s return to the compact executive saloon sector is a success and manages to combine performance, efficiency and excellent equipment levels in a sensible package, complete with the stunning looks that we’ve come to expect from Alfa Romeo.