The Alfa Romeo Giulia will go on sale later this year, against rivals such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Alfa Romeo has just released the prices and spec levels for its much-anticipated new saloon.
What is it?
The Giulia is Alfa’s first saloon car since the 159 was discontinued in 2011. It will fight against rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, although it is likely to sit at the more left-field side of the compact executive car market, along with the Jaguar XE and Lexus IS.
What engines can I choose from?
There are four on offer; two petrols and two diesels. The petrol engines bookend the Giulia range; the entry-level engine is a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, while the top-spec Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6, with 503bhp.
The entry-level diesel engine is a 150bhp, 2.2-litre unit; there’s also a 180bhp version of this engine.
What trim levels can I choose from?
There are five trim levels, starting with the standard Giulia, which is only available with the 2.0-litre petrol engine, and starts at £29,180. Standard equipment includes 16in alloys, a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and black cloth seats.
Both the lesser-powered petrol engine and both diesel engines are available with Super, the next trim level. This adds bigger alloys, leather and cloth seats and upgrades the infotainment system, including sat-nav, an 8.8in display and a 7.0in secondary TFT screen. Super trim, chosen with the lower-powered diesel engine, is likely to be the best-selling version of the Giulia.
Both diesel engines are available in Tecnica spec, which adds chrome exterior trim, front parking sensors, a reversing camera and electrically adjustable front seats, as well as front and rear USB ports.
Further up the price scale, Speciale trim adds sporty alloys and exterior styling, as well as aluminium interior trim and a sprinkling of comfort and convenience equipment. It’s only available with the higher-powered diesel engine.
The Quadrifoglio, Alfa’s performance-oriented variant of the Giulia, gets 19in alloys and sportier exterior styling, plus leather and Alcantara seats, adaptive suspension and advanced automatic emergency braking. Given the car’s high price and running costs, don’t expect to see many of these on the road.
How much does it cost?
The entry-level Giulia costs £29,180. This is higher than the starting prices of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, which start at £25,160, £26,350 and £27,665 respectively. The generous entry-level equipment list and more powerful engine go some way to explaining this, though.
Mid-spec Super trim starts at £30,750 for the less powerful diesel model, rising to £30,995 for Tecnica trim with the same engine. Speciale trim is similar – if slightly cheaper - in pricing and approach to the BMW 320d M Sport and Mercedes C220d AMG Line, at £34,150.
The Giulia’s pricing also puts mid-spec models, such as the 180bhp diesel Super in competition with the entry-level Volvo S90, which starts at £32,455, but is pitched against larger and plusher cars than the Alfa, like the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series.
The Quadrifoglio is the Giulia’s performance variant, and it starts at £59,000; £3000 more than BMW’s sporting version of the 3 Series, the M3, but over £1600 cheaper than the Mercedes-AMG C63. It’s the same price as the M3 with dual-clutch transmission, but is only available as an automatic.
What’s it like inside?
Alfa Romeo has a reputation for attractive interiors, and the Giulia looks to be upholding this. Colours and materials will depend on what you tick on the options list, but wood and metal trim are available. A central 6.5in touchscreen dominates the centre of the dash, while the dials, although not digital, flank a colour TFT trip computer.
When is it on sale?
The Giulia goes on sale in the Autumn of 2016.
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