2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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In their own words

This is a stunning, head-turning car and an exciting drive, but it really isn't up to scratch versus its competition in terms of its interior and technology. Some of the negative points get very frustrating after a while and that car has too many quirks. I certainly wouldn't acquire another Alfa based on this experience. See my detailed comments for further details.

Does the car do everything you expected it to do?

Whilst the Giulia is a stunning looking car and a good, exciting drive if falls severely short on its interior and its technology: 1. Excessive interior condensation on cool (not cold days). It takes an age to de-mist and often requires wiping of the windscreen and rear-view mirror. 2. On cold days (-1, -2 degree) I get ice on the inside of the windscreen leading to water running down onto the dashboard. Nearly impossible to de-mist before driving. 3. Electric wing mirrors and windows freeze and won't open. 4. SatNav not that reliable, often takes a few minutes to start up. 5. Seat position memory often forgets your setting and reclines you to the furthest back position. 6. Infotainment interface not great, too much scrolling involved in navigating. 7. Browsing an iPod is difficult, you can only scroll through alphabetically meaning if you have 400+ artists or albums, you rarely have the patience to scroll past 'F' or 'G' (dangerous when driving) This is because the search function does not work i.e. you can type in the first few letters of an artist and the system find it for you rather than scroll alphabetically. I think this is an indexing issue or software problem. 8. Rear seats fold down, but having done this 3 times, I've had to return the car to the dealer to fix the seat release catches twice! Very unreliable. 9. The various beeps and alarms are ridiculously loud. Unlocking/locking the car will wake up your neighbours and you can't change the volume. 10. If you get out of the vehicle and try to open the boot using the manual release, it will lock the car. Really frustrating when you get to the supermarket - you have to open the boot from the button in the footwell before getting out.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Meets Expectations: 2 out of 5 2.0
  • Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Jason Simpson doesn't recommend this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Diesel
  • When purchased July 2017
  • Condition when bought New
  • Current Mileage 19,000 miles
  • Average MPG 38 mpg