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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
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21 Mar 2017 10:04 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 09:46

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Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Nobody enters into ownership of a performance saloon under the impression that it will be a cheap experience, but nobody wants to be throwing money away. The Giulia Quadrifoglio costs a little more than a BMW M3 but slightly less than a Mercedes-AMG C63, and its standard equipment is up there with both. Indeed, there’s no need to go crazy on the options list; 19in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, xenon headlights, leather and Alcantara seats, cruise control, sat-nav and Bluetooth are some of the luxuries included. Its fuel economy and CO2 emissions are competitive versus those rivals, too, and its servicing costs are similarly eye-watering.

However, looking further down the line, the Giulia Quadrifoglio won’t hold on to quite as much of its value over three years as an Audi RS4, but it should depreciate slower than the C63 and M3, which helps keep PCP finance rates competitive. Since all these cars cost a similar amount to buy and produce hefty CO2 emissions, there’s little to choose between the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its rivals when it comes to company car tax costs.

Euro NCAP awarded the standard Giulia its full five-star rating in its crash tests, and six airbags and automatic city braking technology with pedestrian detection, blindspot monitoring and lane departure warning are standard. Security firm Thatcham Research also had good things to report, rating the Giulia Quadrifoglio as excellent at resisting being driven away and good at resisting and break in.

The Giulia is too new to register in our most recent reliability survey, but Alfa Romeo as a manufacturer did better than you might expect, finishing in the top five of the 32 manufacturers sampled. Happily, all Alfa Romeos come with a three-year warranty that has no mileage limit.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
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To drive, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is as good as performance cars get, even if it’s not quite as plush inside as its best rivals.

  • Wonderful engine
  • Sweet handling
  • Pliant ride
  • Interior feels cheap in places
  • Iffy infotainment system
  • Inconsistent brake feel
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