Alfa Romeo Giulia review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
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RRP £34,995What Car? Target Price from£33,161

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Giulia undercuts its Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60 rivals and generous discounts are available from dealers, as well as through our hassle-free New Car Buying Service

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.

Historically, Alfa hasn't been known for its stellar reliability, but the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey shows that Alfa has clearly made a massive step forward in recent years. As a brand, it finished 11th out of 31 manufacturers featured, with the Giulia slap-dab in the middle of the executive saloon table, beating the Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class. Alfa Romeo currently offers a five-year warranty (limited to 75,000 miles) on the Giulia, which is better than the cover offered on the vast majority of rivals.

]Equally commendable are the Giulia’s safety credentials. It scored five stars (out of five) in its Euro NCAP tests, and a closer inspection of the scores shows that it outperformed the Volvo S60 in the adult occupant protection test, although its score in the child protection test was a slightly lower. All versions come with a wealth of clever safety tech, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

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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Overview

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is great to drive, with genuinely sporty performance and a selection of smooth engines. It makes a convincing alternative to the usual German suspects, especially after the latest interior upgrades.

  • Engaging handling
  • Strong performance
  • Competent petrol engines
  • Diesel engines could be quieter
  • Rivals have a bigger boot
  • Interior quality still can’t match German rivals

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