2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia's powerful engines, crisp handling, and comfortable front seats make it a blast to drive. However, it doesn't offer much rear-seat or trunk space, and several rivals offer more luxurious interiors. The Giulia does not have an overall score or ranking because it does not yet have a reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine power
  • Sports-car-like handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Small trunk
  • Minimal rear-seat space

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Alfa Romeo Giulia's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 6.2
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury small cars.
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 Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 Giulia is a good luxury small car. It's one of the most athletic vehicles in the class, boasting agile handling, two powerful engine options, and supportive front seats. This Alfa also features an easy-to-use infotainment system and a decent number of standard features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Giulia isn’t perfect, however. Rear-seat space is tight, and cargo space is among the smallest in the class. Also, while its interior materials are mostly upscale, you'll find hard plastics in places you wouldn’t expect in a car at this price point.

Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

If you're looking for a small, fun-to-drive car with sporty driving dynamics, you should consider purchasing the Giulia. However, if you prioritize rear-seat space or you want a more luxurious interior, this might not be the sedan for you. Look at the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series before making your decision.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Alfa Romeo Giulia?

There have been few changes to the Giulia since it launched for 2017. That means most used models will be very similar to a new Giulia but likely cost less.

For 2020, the infotainment system gets an upgrade with a now standard 8.8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and improved graphics and speed. Unless that's important to you, we recommend a model from the 2018 model year, which is when Android Auto and Apple CarPlay first became available in the Giulia.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Giulia, 2018 Giulia, and 2019 Giulia reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Giulia »

We Did the Research for You: 27 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 27 Alfa Romeo Giulia reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 Giulia review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2017 model year.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cost?

The 2020 Giulia has a starting price of $39,345. The midlevel Ti starts at $41,345, while the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio starts at $74,445. All-wheel drive is an additional $2,000 in the first two trims.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or Audi A4?

The Audi A4 is one of the highest-ranked cars in its class. Offering both athletic handling and a comfortable ride, this luxury small car is great for tackling winding roads and cruising on the highway. Like the Giulia, the A4 has two powerful engines to choose from: a capable turbocharged four-cylinder and a punchy V6. The Audi also boasts better fuel economy estimates and nicer cabin materials than the Alfa Romeo.

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is another luxury small car with sports-car DNA, but its ride isn't as firm as the Giulia's. The Alfa Romeo's two engine choices have more horsepower, but the BMW's are plenty lively and more fuel-efficient. Plus, the Bimmer's cabin features higher-quality materials than you’ll get in the Alfa. The 3 Series is a more well-rounded vehicle, but shoppers who prioritize corner-carving abilities will likely prefer the Giulia.

Compare the Giulia, A4, and 3 Series »

Giulia Interior

How Many People Does the Giulia Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in this Alfa Romeo. The front seats are roomy and feature side bolsters that help hold you in place when taking hard turns. Unfortunately, its rear seats lack legroom, creating a tight fit for adults.

Giulia and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use. The upper tethers are easy to find, but the lower anchors are too deep in the seats and difficult to maneuver around.

Giulia Interior Quality

The Giulia features high-quality leather upholstery, and most of its plastics are soft to the touch. However, its low-rent plastics on the center console make for a less-refined interior than that of some competitors.

Giulia Cargo Space

With only about 13 cubic feet of space, the Giulia's trunk is smaller than most class rivals’. Also, the trunk opening is narrow, making it hard to load larger items. A power liftgate and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats are standard.

Giulia Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For 2020, the Giulia gains a new standard infotainment system. It's faster than the old one, and it features an 8.8-inch touch screen that's relatively easy to use. A rotary dial controller and physical audio and climate controls complement the touch screen. That said, some options are buried deeply in the menu structure.

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and four USB ports all come standard. A 10-speaker audio system, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, and navigation are optional.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Giulia Performance

Giulia Engine: 2 Potent Power Plants

Alfa offers two energetic engines for the Giulia. A peppy 280-horsepower four-cylinder is standard, and it delivers quick acceleration and ample power for your daily travels. The top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio comes with a 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 that provides sports-car-like power and acceleration. Both engines are mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Giulia Gas Mileage: On Par

With the standard engine and rear-wheel drive, the Giulia gets about-average fuel economy estimates for the luxury small car class: 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive drops those figures to 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Models with the optional twin-turbo V6 engine deliver an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway.

Giulia Ride and Handling: Sport-Tuned Machine

Tackling curvy roads and sharp corners is easy for the Giulia. Some reviewers even liken its performance to that of a sports car. Its ride is on the firmer side, but it remains compliant over both smooth and bumpy roads. Rear-wheel drive is standard. You can add all-wheel drive to the two lower trims.

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Giulia Reliability

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Reliable?

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power at the time of writing.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Warranty

The Giulia is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The cost of insuring an Alfa Romeo Giulia will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Giulia Safety

Giulia Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Giulia the highest rating of Good in five crashworthiness tests and the top rating of Superior for its front crash prevention system. Depending on trim and packages, the Giulia's headlights received Good or Poor ratings for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2020 Giulia.

Giulia Safety Features

The Giulia comes standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Front parking sensors, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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Giulia Dimensions and Weight

The Giulia is about 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight is between 3,522 and 3,820 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Built?

Alfa Romeo builds the 2020 Giulia in Italy.

Which Alfa Romeo Giulia Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia comes in three main trims: Giulia, Giulia Ti, and Giulia Quadrifoglio. The base trim has enough features to please most shoppers, and its four-cylinder engine supplies plenty of power for most people’s driving needs. Consider upgrading to the Giulia Ti for comfort-focused features like heated front seats. You can add all-wheel drive to the base or Ti trims for an additional $2,000.

If you're willing to spend a lot more for a brute twin-turbocharged V6 engine and loads more safety, comfort, and technology features, step up to the front-wheel-drive only Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The base Giulia trim starts at $39,345 and features a 280-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and rear-wheel drive. Its infotainment system features an 8.8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, eight speakers, and a rotary dial controller. This trim also comes with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The available Sport subtrim ($40,795) adds some sporty cosmetic enhancements and all-season performance tires.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti

The standard Giulia Ti trim (MSRP: $41,345) adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and front parking sensors. Ti Lusso ($43,845), Ti Sport ($44,345), and Ti Sport Carbon ($48,345) subtrims are also available.

The Ti Lusso adds luxury leather seats, wood trim, leather-wrapped trim with accent stitching, and aluminum sport pedals.

The Ti Sport adds all-season performance tires, sporty enhancements, and sport leather seats.

The Ti Sport Carbon adds carbon fiber interior and exterior accents.

 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio has a starting price of $74,445. It gains a 505-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, as well as Alcantara leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, HD Radio, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Alfa Romeo dealer.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia offers potent engines, tight handling, and sharp steering. In short, it’s a car for anyone who enjoys winding up the engine on twisty back roads. The cabin isn’t as spacious or luxurious as those of some other luxury small cars, however.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Beneath the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia's seductive sheetmetal lies a sharp-handling sports sedan with Italian heritage. The Giulia is one of our favorite entry-luxury sedans and its driving character is the number one reason why we put it on our Editors' Choice list for 2019." -- Car and Driver
  • "While the 2020 updates are subtle, they appear to bring the Giulia in line with expectations set by the usual luxury sedan crew consisting of the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class." -- Edmunds
  • "The only Italian car in its class, the Alfa Romeo Giulia also stands out with its stylish design, potent performance and the fact that you just won’t see that many others on the road. If you like all this and want to brag that you have a Ferrari-derived engine, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is an absolute howl to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019) 
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