ALFA ROMEO has a long and distinguished reputation for creating head-turning sports cars and the company says its latest range of Giulia models is ‘ born to inspire emotion’, a claim that is impossible to dispute.
The Giulia is a sleek muscular beautifully designed executive model blending classy elegance with potent promise and it has distinct appeal to buyers seeking an engaging driving experience and a stand-out image.
This long-wheelbase 4-door saloon is superbly designed and has an unmistakable front-end dominated by the famous Alfa heart-shaped grille. Yet despite its performance-focussed styling, the Giulia scores also well for its day to day practicality. There is good head and legroom front and rear and a large 480-litre boot.
There are petrol and diesel engine options and seven trim levels and Giulia prices start at €38,810 (£33,190) for the entry-level Super version, the one featured here. This model has a 197 hp 2.0 litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a slick 8-speed automatic gearbox and it is a formidable combination. Top speed is 235 kph (146 mph), and the 0-100 kph time just 6.6 seconds. Average fuel economy is 14.7 kpl (41.5 mpg) and emissions 157 g/km.
The cabin is a showcase of fine Italian design, visually more impressive than in rival models such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, underlining the character and cachet of this legendary Italian sporting marque.
Out and about, the rear-wheel-drive Giulia is a delight, offering immediate power delivery and fluent gear changes from the auto transmission. For those who wish to be more engaged with the driving, there are also manual paddle-shifters and also three driving modes which can vary steering and throttle responses.
Handling always feels assured and while the suspension is understandably firm to help provide grip and composure, it is still compliant enough for good all-round ride comfort.
Standard equipment on this entry model is very good and includes cruise control, dual-zone climate control, touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, sat-nav and connectivity features. Safety kit includes emergency auto braking, pedestrian detection and lane departure warning.
The Alfa Giulia has a distinctive niche position in its class, with stand-out styling and Alfa sporting heritage giving it compelling appeal.
Model tested is UK-specification and equipment levels and prices may vary in other markets.
Model: Alfa Romeo Giulia Super
Engine. 2.0 litre petrol
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Performance: 0-100 kph 6.6 seconds, top speed 235 kph (146 mph)
Economy: 14.7 kpl (41.5 mpg)
Emissions: 157 g/km