Used test: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3
Buy either of these two great sports cars at two-years-old and you'll save yourself a packet, but which one should you put on your driveway? Read on to find out...
What will they cost?
New, the M3 had the higher list price by around £2000, although you may have been able to negotiate more money off a new one than you would a new Giulia, making potentially the cheaper car back then. Now, at this two-year-old point, the M3 is the cheaper by around £2000. However you view it, both of these cars are highly desirable on the used market and values are holding up well, with very little to choose between them in terms of depreciation. Both cars are a little too rare to feature in our annual reliability survey, but perhaps surprisingly Alfa Romeo as a brand finished above BMW in our most recent one, being placed eighth out of 31 manufacturers, while the German firm ended up in a mid-table 16th place.
Both cars will cost a lot to run but the M3 will cost more in fuel and servicing, and the Alfa more to insure. They both will pay the same annual fee for VED car tax.
Both cars come as standard with climate control, leather seats, a DAB radio, cruise control, Bluetooth, sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers and front and rear parking sensors. Alfa Romeo adds a reversing camera to that list, but BMW adds heated electric front seats, a more powerful sound system than the Giulia, LED headlights (the Giulia’s are xenons) and eight free choices of paint colour as opposed to the Giulia’s one (red). That said, if you’d been buying these new back in 2017, spending a total of £1375 on two optional packs for the Giulia would have added heated electric front seats, a heated steering wheel and keyless entry, all without pushing its price past the M3’s.
Euro NCAP awarded both cars a five-star safety rating, with the M3 scoring slightly higher marks for child and pedestrian protection and the Giulia for adult safety. However, Alfa Romeo included automatic emergency braking as standard, whereas BMW charged extra for it.