The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s standard driver’s seat is set low and allows you to adopt a hunkered-down position in front of well-positioned pedals. The broadly adjustable steering wheel, with its pleasingly slim rim, complements this. For a hefty premium, Alfa Romeo will fit carbonfibre sports seats. These are brilliantly supportive and worth the extra if you can find it.
There’s quite a marked difference in material richness between entry-level Giulias and higher-end examples, such as the Quadrifoglio. The latter gets a leather-wrapped dashboard and carbonfibre trims that the car needs to bear comparison with the likes of the Audi RS4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. And the aluminium gear selection paddles feel superb, as does the optional leather, Alcantara and carbonfibre-laced steering wheel.
Yet, while it looks good at a glance, the Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t match the quality of its rivals on closer inspection. There are too many Christmas-cracker plastics and flimsy switches and buttons dotted around – which simply don’t belong in a car costing this much.
The infotainment system is controlled by a rotary controller and relayed through an 8.8in colour display that appears as if from nowhere behind a smoked screen. Average graphical quality, a slightly dim display and some muddled and confusing menu functionality let it down, however.