Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Purposeful and low-slung driving position
  • Aluminium gearshift paddles are superb
  • Cheaper plastic on touchpoints a disappointment

How is the quality and layout?

There are some good bits about the Giulia’s cabin, and some that lag behind the competition. Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz all build quality interiors, so this is a difficult battle to win, and the Alfa Romeo entrant falls short mainly on minutiae.

Some of the plastics around common touchpoints – such as surrounding the gearlever – and some of the switchgear itself (like the rotary multimedia controller) feel cheaper than we’ve become accustomed to in this sector.

Infotainment and tech

A simple and visually appealing user interface on the 8.8-inch centre screen uses drag and drop widgets rather than clunky menus you normally find. You can set up a homepage with the functions you want on it, and is now touch-sensitive as well as being controlled by the rotary knob in the centre console.

The latter also feels much less wobbly than on older Giulia models – a welcome development. Plus, the 7.0-inch driver’s screen is easy to navigate and features a screen showing you the various autonomous functions.

Finally, the latest redesigned centre console means you get two (two!) full-size cupholders and space for a wireless charger too.

Comfort

  • Sporty but comfortable suspension balance
  • Low wind and road noise but vocal diesels
  • Quadrifoglio rides the best on adaptive dampers

A bit of a mixed bag here. The Alfa Romeo-tuned suspension is sportier than some rivals and that means while it’s not crashy, it can seem firm over sharp speedbumps and particularly poor road surfaces. The lack of adaptive suspension on the standard car doesn’t help here, but we think the overall balance is so good we'll forgive its stiff ride.

The cabin is remarkably well insulated, however, with very little engine or road noise intruding. You’ll notice some wind whistling around the door mirrors at motorway speeds, and if you work the engines hard – particularly the diesels – you’ll hear a little more from them than you’d perhaps appreciate.

With the 2.0-litre petrol this isn’t much of an issue because it sounds interesting, but the diesel motor doesn’t. We thought the seats were supportive and comfortable, which helps the Giulia feel a little more premium.

The adaptive dampers on the Giulia Quadrifoglio (above) gives it a surprisingly compliant ride – there’s a button you can press in any of the car’s modes to slacken-off the dampers, just like the bumpy road setting in a Ferrari.

We found the optional bucket seats extremely supportive and grippy, while the standard fit items don’t pin you down as much, but do offer a slightly squashier base.

In terms of noise the Quadrifoglio is quite muted below about 3,000rpm thanks to a valve in the exhaust (unless you’ve got it in Race mode) and it even starts without too much of a flourish, much to the delight of you neighbours at 6am.