Historically, Alfa hasn't been known for its stellar reliability, but our recent surveys suggests things have changed. In fact, the Giulia was the third most dependable executive saloon to feature in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey.
Safety is another strength. The Giulia scored five stars (out of five) in its Euro NCAP crash test, and a closer inspection of the scores shows it outperformed the Volvo S60 in the adult occupant crash test, although it did rack up a slightly lower score in the child protection test. All versions come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning, while blind spot monitoring is on the options list.
Leather seats are standard on Speciale trim and above (optional on the cheaper trims), whereas all versions of the Giulia come with dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and alloy wheels. Upgrading to Speciale trim gets you heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, bigger alloys and power-folding mirrors.
However, if you can stretch to it, 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 Speciale, 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. Veloce Ti takes styling cues from the halo Quadrifoglio model, with 19in wheels, carbonfibre door mirrors and entry seals and dark gloss interior trims and tailpipes. It also offers the Quadrifoglio’s tri-coat paint colours, but it’s considerably more expensive than the standard Veloce and doesn’t add any mechanical upgrades.
CO2 emissions are respectable rather than class leading and it's a similar story for fuel economy; the 197bhp petrol Giulia gets 36.2mpg and 153g/km, compared with 44.1mpg and 124g/km for the BMW 320i. Likewise, the Giulia is predicted to depreciate at a faster rate than the BMW 3 Series although, on the flip side, good discounts are available.
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.
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