New Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3

Used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2016-present review

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What should I look for in a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon?

Check that sporty bodywork carefully for any expensive-to-repair scuffs or dents. The Giulia is a long and wide car that may well have been used in tight urban areas or on school runs, so could have picked up minor cuts and grazes. Check those handsome alloy wheels for kerb damage too. 

If you experience tyre scrub when on full steering lock in your Giulia, don’t worry, they all do that. This is due to the aggressive steering geometry that allows the car to have very quick steering and resist understeer at speed.

There has been one recall so far for the Giulia that involves cars built between 14 November 2017 and 15 December 2017. Mineral oil might get into the braking and clutch system, so it’s worth checking with your Alfa Romeo dealer to see if your car is affected.  

Early reliability reports suggest the Giulia is a trustworthy car. It finished in third place in the executive car class in our most recent reliability survey, with an excellent overall score of 97%. However, our long-term life with a Quadrifoglio was littered with small occasions where it let us down. The car went home on the limp-home mode on three different occasions, while remedial work included fitting new turbo overboost valves and replacing part of the wiring loom. We also experienced some difficulties with an over-sensitive alarm. 

Alfa Romeo as a brand finished in a highly commendable eighth place in the same survey.   


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