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Used test: Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Volvo S60 verdict

By choosing used, you can make a huge saving off the price of either of these stylish executive cars. But is it the Giulia or S60 that gets our vote?...

Used test Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Volvo S60 front cornering

Our verdict

Take reliability out of the equation and we'd enthusiastically cite the Alfa Romeo Giulia as the executive car to go for, its core strength being that it's amazing to drive. Put reliability back in, though, and we struggle to recommend the model. If you are to take the plunge (and we don't blame you, for the Giulia is built to swoon), then we'd suggest seeking out an example that's being sold by a dealer offering a comprehensive, lengthy warranty. Be prepared to exercise that warranty, too. 

Now, the S60's reliability record isn't perfect, but it's much more confidence inspiring and, in the end, that's why we've given the number one spot to the S60 over the Giulia.

Mind you, there are other strengths to be found in the S60, namely its plusher interior. Our key piece of advice on this side relates to the specification: opt for a non-R-Design trim, as well as smaller wheels. We realise other trims don't look as sharp, but the S60's ride will greatly benefit, providing you with a much better level of comfort. 

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1st – Volvo S60

Volvo S60 rear cornering

For Classier interior; comfy and supportive seats; bigger boot
Against Overly firm ride; underwhelming handling; no (standard-fit) folding rear seats

What Car? says 3 out of 5 stars

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2nd – Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia rear cornering

For Sharper, more enjoyable handling; hot-hatch-beating acceleration; comfier ride
Against Terrible reliability; slightly worse fuel economy; reversing camera optional from new

What Car? says 3 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo 280 Veloce

Engine size 4cyl, 1995cc, turbo, petrol
Power 276bhp 
Torque 295lb ft 
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 5.3sec
Top speed 149mph
Official fuel economy 33.6mpg 
Test MPG 29.8mpg
CO2 emissions 158g/km

Specifications: Volvo S60 T5 R-Design Edition

Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo, petrol
Power 247bhp 
Torque 258lb ft 
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 6.9sec
Top speed 145mph
Official fuel economy 39.8mpg 
Test MPG 30.5mpg
CO2 emissions 155g/km