Alfa Romeo Giulia
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview
Pros & Cons
- Potent engines
- Sharp handling
- Cramped rear seat
- Fewer features than some rivals
Notable for 2017
- All-new model
Alfa Romeo Giulia Rankings and Research
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Small Cars category. Currently the Alfa Romeo Giulia has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 10 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #2 in Luxury Small Cars
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Pictures
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia has the performance chops to keep you grinning behind the wheel, with its quick reflexes and ample power. However, its rivals boast more features and rear-seat room.
Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia a Good Car?
The Giulia’s sports-car-like performance helps it stand out from the crowd of German sedans in the luxury small car class. It has exceptionally sharp handling, with precise steering and strong brakes. Its two engines are very powerful, too; the base engine delivers more horsepower than nearly every other standard power plant in the class.
However, it's not the most practical or feature-packed choice. Others in the class offer more rear-seat room, a larger trunk, and additional standard equipment, including lifesaving advanced safety features and the latest infotainment functions.
Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia?
If you're not all about performance and want a comfortable and sensible car for daily driving, you might be better off with another luxury small car. The Giulia has a cramped rear seat, a small trunk, and a short list of features. Competitors like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 have more room for your family and friends, plenty of trunk space for your luggage, and lots of cutting-edge technology.
The Giulia also starts at nearly $38,000, which is several thousand dollars more than the starting prices of the 3 Series and A4. Although the Giulia is a great car with terrific performance, you can find a better value elsewhere.
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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cost?
In its base trim, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia costs $37,995, which is a higher starting price compared to many other luxury small cars, like the BMW 3 Series ($33,450) and the Audi A4 ($34,900). A fully loaded Giulia calls for upward of $80,000.
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia comes in three trims: Giulia (base), Ti, and Quadrifoglio. The first two trims come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The performance-oriented Quadrifoglio comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option for the base and Ti trims, but it is not available for the Quadrifoglio.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or BMW 3 Series?
The Giulia is thrilling to drive, but it has some drawbacks that make it an impractical people mover. The BMW 3 Series, on the other hand, is a great companion whether you're on the daily commute or having some weekend fun. What's more, the 3 Series' starting price is about $4,500 less than the Giulia's, making its base model a more affordable choice for shoppers.
There's a wide range of engines to choose from in the 3 Series, ranging from a commendable turbocharged four-cylinder base engine up to a twin-turbo six-cylinder in the high-performance M3. There's even diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains if you want to save some money at the pump. Handling is sharp around corners but still comfortable for daily driving.
The 3 Series has a comfortable, high-end cabin. Compared to the Giulia, it has plenty of space for rear passengers. Trunk space is about the same between the two, but the 3 Series offers performance and a side of practicality with its Sport Wagon model, which offers double the room of the Giulia. The 3 Series also has a lot of optional features, ranging from driver assistance systems that keep you safe to tech features like a Wi-Fi hot spot, which connects all your mobile devices to the internet.
Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or Audi A4?
The Audi A4 doesn't handle quite as sharply as the Giulia or the 3 Series, but it's an excellent choice in the class if you're not seeking the ultimate in performance. Its starting price is about $3,100 lower than the Giulia's, and it comes with more features. This is a major reason why we name it our 2017 Best Luxury Small Car for the Money.
The A4 holds its own when the road gets twisty, and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers plenty of power. Those who need more muscle can get the performance-oriented Audi S4 model, which has a supercharged V6. Base fuel economy is about the same with both cars, though the Giulia's turbo-four puts out 90 more horsepower than the A4's.
Inside of the A4, you'll find a top-notch cabin and some of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Both the front and back seats provide plenty of comfort for all-day driving. The A4 certainly makes the better choice if you’re considering using the back seats often. Its features list is long, too; tri-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto all come standard. For an extra charge, the A4's infotainment system will recognize handwriting to simplify entering addresses into the navigation system. The A4 comes with more standard driver assistance features, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
How Many People Does the Giulia Seat?
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia seats five. Power-adjustable front seats come standard, and heating is available for the front seats and steering wheel. You can also opt for sport seats for an added charge. The front seats offer ample space – though if you buy the optional sunroof, expect to have limited headroom. The seats in the base model aren't especially comfortable; they're not very well-padded and the bottom cushion isn't long enough to support your thighs. The low hood provides excellent visibility of twists and turns in the road ahead.
Getting into the back seats is difficult thanks to the large wheel wells on either side. When you get inside, you'll find there's little head- or legroom, so the Giulia isn't a good fit for drivers who plan to take long road trips with family or friends.
Giulia and Car Seats
For those who plan on using car seats, the Giulia has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat anchors on both outboard rear seats. There's also a tether-only connection for the middle seat. The Giulia doesn't have as much rear-seat space to work with as some other luxury small cars, which means you may have to push the seats further forward to fit some car seats.
Giulia Interior Quality
The Giulia's interior styling is purely Italian. Its primary focus is on driving, but it doesn't forget about luxurious, first-rate appointments like standard leather upholstery and soft-touch materials – even in the base trim.
Giulia Cargo Space
Most other luxury small cars offer more trunk space than the Giulia's 12 cubic feet. If you need to haul long objects like skis, you can fold down the rear seats. The trunk's opening is rather small, so loading large items will require some effort.
Giulia Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 2017 Giulia’s cabin has one-of-a-kind styling, but it doesn't overwhelm your senses. Even the infotainment system feels restrained compared to those in some rivals; it has just the right number of features to keep it from being distracting. The infotainment system’s downside, however, is glare. On sunny days, the screen becomes hard to see due to its reflective surface. The standard and optional audio systems are also only so-so. They're easy to set up and control, but the audio quality isn't spectacular.
Drivers used to German-badged luxury cars, like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, may be underwhelmed by the Giulia's tech features. The infotainment is easy enough to use, but it doesn't offer many optional extras like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Google Maps navigation. Still, if you value Alfa Romeo's heritage as a car made for people seeking serious performance, you might appreciate the lack of distracting frills.
Giulia Engine: Shocking Speed
The base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Giulia and Giulia Ti models generates 280 horsepower, making it one of the most potent base engines in the class. It delivers quick acceleration and sounds terrific. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly when you need more power, and you can get optional paddle shifters to change gears on your own if you're lamenting the lack of a manual transmission.
A 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 powers the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which is Italian for four-leaf clover. Thanks to its brute force, you'll get exhilarating speed – the Quadrifoglio laps the Nurburgring faster than some supercars. The Quadrifoglio can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and it zooms to a top speed of 191 mph.
Giulia Gas Mileage: Quite the Range
The Giulia's fuel economy is typical for the class. In the base model, expect 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. These estimates get a little worse with all-wheel drive: 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. Still worse is the Quadrifoglio's fuel economy of 17/24 mpg city/highway. The Quadrifoglio will cost you $550 more than the base trim in fuel costs each year.
Giulia Ride and Handling: Sports Car Handling in a Sedan
With its strong brakes, precise steering, and athletic handling, the Giulia drives like a sports car. It's easy to have fun on twisty roads, but unlike other luxury small cars that pair comfortable cruising with agile cornering, the Giulia doesn't settle into the daily commute very well. Sharp steering lets you make the most out of turns, but even small turns of the steering wheel move the Giulia significantly off-center. This is particularly bothersome when cruising down the highway, as you can end up in the next lane over by accident.
The brakes are similarly performance-tuned. They bring the Giulia quickly to a stop, which is great during spirited driving. The downside is that even a gentle tap can feel like you’re slamming on the brakes until you acclimate to their sensitivity. Still, if you're looking for exceptional driving pleasure, few cars in the class come close to the Giulia's lithe handling. Drivers who want a more comfortable car during the workweek but still desire some fun on the weekends should consider a competitor like the Audi A4 or the BMW 3 Series.
Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Reliable?
At the time of this writing, J.D. Power and Associates has yet to issue a reliability rating for the Giulia. Since it is an all-new model, we cannot use data from a previous model year to predict reliability.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Warranty
The Giulia comes with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which is typical for the luxury small car class.
Giulia Crash Test Results
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the Alfa Romeo Giulia for its crashworthiness. This is common for a luxury vehicle.
Giulia Safety Features
The Giulia only comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. However, several driver assistance features are available to help prevent an accident, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Others in the class come standard with some of these features. These features use sensors around the car to notify you if there is a risk of a crash. The forward collision warning's automatic emergency braking will even stop the car by itself if it senses you are going to hit something in front of you.
Which Alfa Romeo Giulia Is Right for Me?
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia has a starting price of $37,995, and it comes in three trims: Base, Ti, and Quadrifoglio. For most shoppers, the base model is just the ticket. It offers most of the typical array of standard features found in many other luxury small cars, but allows you to customize via an assortment of packages. One of the drawbacks to the Giulia is its lack of standard safety features. Fortunately, with the Giulia, you don't have to buy the highest trim to get many of these features. A base Giulia with the two available safety packages will run you about $40,300.
The base model comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, the Alfa DNA Drive Mode Selector, Brembo brakes, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a console-mounted infotainment control knob, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a proximity key, push-button start, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
You can add features to the base model with options packages, which include the Navigation package ($1,900) that comes with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, navigation, and satellite radio. The Cold Weather package ($700) adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. You get front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert with the Driver Assistance Static package ($800). The Driver Assistance Dynamic package ($1,500) adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. All-wheel drive ($2,000) and a dual-pane sunroof ($1,350) are also optional in base and Ti models.
To the base model, the midrange Giulia Ti (starting at $39,995) adds features like heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, and front parking sensors.
The Ti Performance package ($1,200) adds active suspension and a limited-slip differential. The Driver Assistance Static package and Driver Assistance Dynamic package are also available with the Ti trim, and they come with the same features as the base model's packages. For $900, you can add a 10-speaker audio system or a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.
Topping out the line is the performance-oriented Giulia Quadrifoglio (Italian for four-leaf clover). It has a $72,000 price of entry. It adds or replaces the features in the Ti model with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, the Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector, high-performance Brembo brakes, active suspension, Pirelli performance tires, carbon fiber interior and exterior trim, navigation, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Quadrifoglio model can be equipped with the Driver Assistance Dynamic Package as well as the Harman Kardon surround sound system. You can also add carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes in the Quadrifoglio for $5,500.
Who Makes the Alfa Romeo Giulia?
Alfa Romeo is a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Although FCA is one of the Big Three American automakers, Alfa Romeo is an Italian brand. When Fiat (another Italian automaker) merged with Chrysler, it brought Alfa Romeo in with it. Giulias are manufactured in Frosinone, Italy, which is near Rome.
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The Final Call
If you're looking for a luxury small car with robust acceleration and sensational cornering grip, the Alfa Romeo Giulia should be your go-to. The Giulia's 280-horsepower stock engine will blow the doors off its rivals. For even more power, the Quadrifoglio's twin-turbocharged V6 engine gives this Italian stallion the giddyup to go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. And when it's time to get wild on the back roads, the Giulia is an able partner, keeping up well with your every move.
Although the Giulia has a higher price tag than many of its classmates, it comes with fewer standard features. The Giulia also gets bad press for being impractical, and its rear seats feel confined. For a better daily driver, check out the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4. Each has a lower starting price than the Giulia by thousands of dollars. You'll also get more features and better rear-seat comfort.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "For those looking for something that's different and yet has the chops to give the German entries more than a run for the money, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a welcome entry to the high performance sport sedan club." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Rather than a family sedan upfitted for racing, it is the family sedan racecar engineers and drivers would build for themselves. Performance takes precedence and you get the impression concessions to everyday livability were made somewhat begrudgingly." -- Motor Trend
- "It may not be the most evolved, refined, or polished entry in this field, but the Alfa Romeo Giulia is perhaps the most entertaining and driver-centric of the bunch, making it well worth the wait for those who hope to stand apart from the crowd." -- Autoblog
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