Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
It is, though, not expected to hold onto its value as well as its German rivals, and, with no hybrid or plug-in hybrid in the range, none of the engines will prove especially cost-effective as a company car. Like its conventional petrol and diesel rivals, the Giulia will sit in the higher benefit-in-kind tax brackets. Its official fuel economy is also very similar to that of its rivals.
Entry-level Super models have 17in alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, the infotainment system mentioned earlier, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers.
You then have the choice to go for a racy-looking trim called Sprint, or the more luxury-focused Lusso Ti. Both get 18in alloy wheels, while the former has aluminium inserts, a sporty steering wheel and part-leather seats, while Lusso Ti adds wooden panels, leather on the dashboard and heated leather seats.
If you can stretch to it, though, and aren't overly concerned about fuel economy, the Veloce is the pick of the range. It's available only with the 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine so it will out-accelerate most hot hatches, and comes with all the kit you get on Lusso Ti, plus bespoke 18in alloys, upgraded brakes and aluminium gearshift paddles.
It's still worth considering the optional Performance Pack, because this adds adaptive suspension for a smoother ride.
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