3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Italian flair for the company car park

Alfa Romeo Giulia (16 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £36,595 - £68,995
Lease from new From £997 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,410 - £70,510
Fuel Economy 26.4 - 53.3 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £490
Insurance group 22 - 49 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Looks stunning
  • Charismatic petrol engines
  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Hot Quadrifoglio model

CONS

  • Cabin materials lack rivals’ quality
  • Multimedia system not the best
  • No all-wheel drive variants
  • Diesel model no longer available

Alfa Romeo Giulia rivals

Jaguar
XE
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Adam Binnie on

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia any good?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the current challenger in a long line of stylish Italian saloons for those who enjoy the way their car drives as much as the way it looks. It's not been flying out of the showrooms, though, sadly – mainly because of the strength of the opposition, and a general shift away from saloon cars.

The Italian company is doing all it can to turn this around, and it's fair to say that showoom appeal is the Giulia's strongest asset. But how do you 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?

As it stands, the Giulia has established itself as a credible player in the crowded executive car market – and Alfa Romeo is hopes to allay traditional fears about quality and reliability by extending the warranty cover to five years. As well as that, the Italian firm reckons the glamour the top Quadrioglio casts on the rest of the range will do the trick – we're just glad it exists.

Read the Alfa Romeo Giulia verdict

What's it like inside?

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.

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 adaptive cruise control for the first time in a Giulia. On top of that the range was made more simple and some eye-catching colours were added.

Read more on the Alfa Romeo Giulia interior

What's it like to drive?

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.

Chief positives are the fast steering and balanced handling, and performance that ranges from acceptable in the entry-level 150hp diesel to ballistic in the 510hp Quadroifoglio range topper. it's not quite as sharp as a BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE and isn't as comfortable as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but overall, it's competent on the road  with few vices, and a generous amount of feel-good factor.

Read more on how the Alfa Romeo Giulia drives

What models and trims are available?

Since the beginning of 2021, the Giulia range is a petrol-only one. The old 2.2-litre diesel engines have been dropped, leaving company car drivers looking for low BIK options to look elsewhere. That's not so bad for those who aren't as the petrols are a performance-oriented line-up, with the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit being available in 200 and 280hp forms.

Trims are standard Giulia, Super, Speciale and Veloce. There’s a hot version of this car too – the Quadrifogio – 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.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Alfa Romeo Giulia including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Alfa Romeo Giulia rivals

Jaguar
XE
3.8 out of 5 3.8