New Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series
Alfa Romeo's new Giulia saloon certainly looks the part, but is it as good to drive, easy to live with and cheap to run as the best German rivals?...
The Giulia’s 8.8in colour screen is the biggest here. Frustratingly, although the screen is fairly high resolution, the on-screen graphics look a bit like a 1990s computer game. At least using the rotary controller to navigate the menus is simple. A DAB radio, a USB port and sat-nav are standard, although there’s no option to add Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
A 7.0in screen is supplied as standard (the 8.3in one pictured costs £1450). Both versions are considerably better than the Giulia’s. The menus are easier to navigate via the rotary controller, which looks remarkably like the Giulia’s, but operates more slickly. A DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay are included as standard. Upgrading to a Bang and Olufsen sound system costs £750.
Although the A4’s MMI infotainment system comes extremely close, BMW’s iDrive remains our favourite. The 3 Series gets a 6.5in screen as standard (the smallest here), but its menus are the easiest to follow and a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection and sat-nav are all standard. Adding Apple CarPlay to use your smartphone via the screen costs £235, while upgrading to the 8.8in screen (pictured) costs £900.