Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce long-term test: report 3

Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio has long been one of our favourite performance cars, but does the Veloce give you a lot of the same thrills for a much lower price?...

LT Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce - checking tyre pressures

The car Used Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 TB 280 Veloce Run by Steve Huntingford, editor

Why it's here We want to see if this executive saloon is as sharp to drive as it is to look at

Needs to Combine fun handling with respectable running costs and good everyday usability

Mileage 14,248 List price when new (2021) £42,575 Price new with options £44,725 Value on arrival £36,310 Test economy 31.8mpg Official economy 32.8mpg

14 December 2022 – Feeling flat

As kids, we’re all told the story of the boy who cried wolf, but with my Alfa Romeo Giulia it’s more a case of the trye pressure sensors that cried flat.

You see, during my first couple of months with the car, barely a week would go by without me getting a warning that at least one – and sometimes as many as three – of the tyres needed air. I’d dutifully head to the nearest petrol station to top them up, only to find that they were at about the right level.

LT Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce tyre pressure warning message

So, when I got a warning about the right rear a couple of week ago, I was all set to ignore it. Right up to point that I spotted a nail embedded in that tyre. Sure enough, this time I genuinely had a slow puncture, with the tyre already about 5PSI underinflated. But, strangely, after getting it replaced, the false warnings also stopped.

Or at least, they did until this week, when I got an alert that the right front needed topping up. The air pump at my nearest petrol station suggested otherwise, but I’m hoping this latest false alarm is just down to the cold weather.

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