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...
Whichever way you go here you’ll end up with a car that is immense fun to drive and deeply rewarding: it’s a wonderful choice to have to make. The M3 remains an immensely capable sports saloon, delivering all the performance and cornering grip you could ever hope for. It’s a five-star sports car, no question, with an amazing turn of speed and a competence in every area that will give a keen driver years of pleasure.
Yet the Giulia, amazingly, is even better. It’s not only more powerful but also, crucially, even more fun and engaging to drive. The engine delivers its stunning performance with such vigour, and the steering is so delightfully responsive, that you can’t help but be won over by this car’s charms. True, its interior isn’t quite as practical or as high in quality as the Beemer’s, but the Giulia does what the M3 can’t: it makes you smile on your commute as much as on a race track. Add in the fact it’s more comfortable and more refined in everyday use and its victory here is pretty much assured.
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1st – Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrofoglio
For Huge performance; more playful handling; quieter and more comfortable
Against Cheaper-feeling interior; so-so infotainment; less standard kit
Verdict The best performance Alfa Romeo in decades
What Car? rating 5/5
2nd – BMW M3
For Higher handling limits; better-quality interior; brilliant infotainment
Against Firm ride; only comes alive when you drive it hard
Verdict A staggeringly fast and agile sports car
What Car? rating 5/5
Specifications: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio
- Engine size 2.9-litre turbo petrol
- List price when new £61,000
- Price today £42,000
- Power 503bhp
- Torque 443lb ft
- 0-60mph 3.9sec
- Top speed 191mph
- Fuel economy 34.4mpg (Official average)
- CO2 emissions 189g/km
Specifications: BMW M3 Competition Pack
- Engine size 3.0-litre turbo petrol
- List price when new £63,000
- Price today £40,000
- Power 444bhp
- Torque 406lb ft
- 0-60mph 4.0sec
- Top speed 155mph
- Fuel economy 34.0mpg (Official average)
- CO2 emissions 194g/km
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