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Alfa Romeo Giulia Saloon Review

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Alfa Romeo Giulia
23 Jun 2016 10:30 | Last updated: 29 Aug 2018 16:2

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia is tailor-made for anyone bored with the oh-so familiar line-up of German executive saloons on their company car list.

Few car-making nations provide a finer-looking four-wheeled breath of fresh air than the Italians. Yet, unlike some of its predecessors, the Giulia shouldn’t be dismissed as an oddball or irrational choice, even if it is a niche one; there’s more substance to back up the style this time round.

Built on a new rear-wheel drive platform, the Giulia is the first instalment in a range overhaul that, Alfa Romeo claims, will put every one of its models in a class-leading position for performance and handling.

This switch from front to rear-wheel drive allows the car to sit more comfortably next to rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class than the old 159 did, while the use of lightweight aluminium in the car’s structure and bodywork should be good news for efficiency. Remember too, that aside from BMW and Mercedes, the Giulia is taking on our former Car of the Year in Audi’s A4, and the Jaguar XE, too.

The engine range is made up of 2.2-litre diesels with either 148 or 178bhp, two 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols with either 197bhp or 276bhp, and a range-topping twin-turbo V6 Quadrifoglio version with 503bhp. All come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard; there’s no choice of a manual.

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Speciale
Speciale trim features 18in ‘Sport’ alloys, bi-Xenon headlamps, sports front and rear bumpers, a sports diffuser, dual chrome exhaust and red brake callipers. Inside, aluminium metal sport pedals a...View trim
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Swaps the lesser model’s rims for 17in ones, and adds part-leather seats, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for the gearbox, and some richer interior trim features. Also open to further equipm...View trim
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Quadrifoglio
Not just a Giulia with a 503bhp V6. It gets 19in wheels and bi-xenons as standard, as well as special leather/alcantara sports seats, sport suspension with adaptive dampers, uprated brakes, a torqu...View trim
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