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4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Italian flair for the company car park

Alfa Romeo Giulia (16 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £33,265 - £81,545
Lease from new From £372 per month
Used price £14,140 - £60,560
Fuel Economy 26.4 - 53.3 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £465
Insurance group 22 - 49 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Looks stunning
  • Efficient diesel engines
  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Hot Quadrifoglio model

CONS

  • Cabin materials lack rivals’ quality
  • Multimedia system not the best
  • No all-wheel drive variants
  • Automatic gearbox only

Alfa Romeo Giulia rivals

Jaguar
XE
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Adam Binnie on

As the successor to the 159, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the latest in a long line of desirable Italian saloons for those who enjoy the way their car drives as much as the way it looks.

The Italian company has found its sales firmly in the doldrums, not least due to the lacklustre reception of the Mito and Giulietta, and will need to take sales away from established rivals like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and of course the British entrant, the Jaguar XE.

But in the time it's been on sale in the UK, it's established itself as a credible player in the crowded executive car market – and Alfa Romeo is pushing this for all its worth. In an attempt to lure buyers addicted to German cars, Alfa Romeo extended the warranty cover to five years.

Appeals to business drivers and petrolheads

The key to selling bulk in this marketplace is to break into the company car park by appealing to fleet managers, and on the face of it that’s what Alfa has done here.

The Giulia is available with a low-CO2 emitting 2.1-litre diesel engine in both 150hp and 180hp outputs, making for relatively low BIK tax for the drivers too.

But it’s about more than numbers. An Alfa Romeo should be an emotional thing, so we’re pleased to say this is also one of the best cars in its class to drive; a true return to form.

It has quick, precise steering and 50:50 weight distribution that makes the car feel far more involving than nearly anything else of its size, while its all-new engine line-up aims to provide excitement as well as low running costs. Its lightweight architecture helps in both respects, keeping fuel economy high and handling exciting.

We did find a few wrinkles, however. No car is perfect, and it’s a way behind the class leaders when quality of cabin materials and performance of multimedia system are taken into account- although those issues were addressed in the 2020 facelift, and there’s more on that below. It’ll only seat four adults too, and the boot is an awkward shape for larger items.

Updated car brings new interior quality and autonomy

In 2020 the Giulia benefitted from a range of updates tailored, believe it or not, to a list of things we’ve all been complaining about since it was launched.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia interior

The interior gained the most – although not a complete refit, Alfa Romeo chose to smooth off a lot of the rough edges on the main touchpoints like the gearshifter and steering wheel.

There’s also a lot more driver assistance tech available, including fully autonomous driving for the first time in a Giulia. On top of that the range was made more simple and some eye-catching colours were added.

Quadrifoglio leaves rivals in its wake

There’s a hot version of this car too, and it’s quite a thing. Developing a massive 510hp from its Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbocharged petrol engine, it demolishes 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and hits 191mph flat-out.

We go into more detail about this car (including its clever chassis) in the driving section of this review - it’s more than talented enough to make the Mercedes-AMG C 63 and BMW M3 nervous, as we found out in our Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio vs Audi RS 4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S group-test.

Alfa Romeo Giulia rivals

Jaguar
XE
3.8 out of 5 3.8