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Used test: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3 interiors
Buy either of these two great four-year-old performance cars and you're in for treat, but which one should you put on your driveway? Read on to find out...
Driving position, visibility, build quality, practicality
Performance and handling may be paramount here, but the fact that these two performance saloons concede very little space and practicality compared with their regular diesel counterparts is deeply impressive.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has more head and leg room in the front, but two tall adults will find front seat space in either car suitably generous. The optional carbonfibre-backed Sparco bucket seats (fitted to our test car) provide superb support and generous adjustment. The Giulia’s plentiful steering-wheel adjustment and well-positioned pedals mean most drivers will be able to find their ideal driving position.
The standard sports seats in the BMW M3 are fully electrically adjustable so it’s even easier to set everything up just how you want it. They are almost as brilliant as the Giulia’s seats at holding you in corners, and there’s an equally generous amount of steering-wheel adjustment to keep drivers of all sizes happy.
The Giulia’s rear seats are slightly more accommodating than the M3’s, though, with better head room and similarly good leg room. The Giulia’s boot is the same size as the M3’s, but it’s shorter and shallower, and Alfa Romeo doesn’t even offer split folding rear seats as an option; the M3’s split 60/40 as standard.
BMW has Alfa Romeo beaten for infotainment, too – the latest version of its iDrive system is one of the best on the market. Its high-resolution 8.8in screen and logical and user-friendly rotary dial controller are impressive, but its logical menus are what make it so simple to use.
The Giulia’s system is controlled in a similar manner, but its menus are more confusing and the screen is just 7.0in. It does get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, though, whereas BMW charges extra for these features, which allow you to use phone apps on the car's screen.
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