Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Running costs tend to be a key issue among executive car drivers, particularly those who run one as a company car. We have yet to receive official fuel-economy and emissions figures for the latest Giulia, though, making it tricky to compare directly with rivals for benefit-in-kind tax. Private buyers should be aware, though, that the Giulia is predicted to depreciate at a faster rate than the BMW 3 Series, but, on the flip side, good discounts are available.
Historically, Alfa hasn't been known for its stellar reliability, and our 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey does little to change this reputation. As a brand, it finished 25th out of 31 manufacturers featured, with the Giulia lurking towards the bottom of the executive saloon table. It did beat the Jaguar XE, though. 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.
Rather more 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 18in 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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