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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the top-ranked luxury small cars. It boasts a potent engine lineup, sharp handling, and perfect safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration
  • Sharp handling
  • Top-notch safety scores
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Fewer features than some rivals




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview

Is the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the best luxury small cars on the market. It offers sports-car-like performance with plenty of engine power, sharp handling, precise steering, and strong brakes. However, the Giulia is not as practical as most rivals. It has cramped rear seats, a frustrating infotainment system, and a short list of standard features compared to the rest of the class.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 10 professional evaluations for this 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Based on more than 100 listings, the 2017 Giulia’s average price is $35,900. Price range from $29,000 to $60,000, and they vary based on trim, features, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Cost to Own?

The 2017 Giulia’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be about $30,400. That’s above average for a luxury compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Giulia?

At $38,195, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia’s starting price is about $2,300 higher than the 2017 model’s average price. For 2018, Alfa Romeo added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Giulia’s options list. For most shoppers, that’s not enough to justify the additional cost. Stick with the 2017 Giulia to save yourself some money.

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The 2017 Giulia is a fairly pricey used car. In fact, there are several new luxury small cars that are within striking distance of the used Giulia’s price, including the 2018 Kia Stinger (starting at $31,900), the 2018 Audi A4 ($36,000), and the 2018 BMW 3 Series ($34,900). The 2018 Cadillac ATS ($35,495) is a good choice that offers similar handling and horsepower to the Giulia, but the ATS has more standard equipment.

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Which Model Year of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Is Best?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was an all-new model for 2017. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available for the 2018 model year. Unless one of these two features is a must-have, stick with the 2017 Giulia.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

At the time of writing, there is no J.D. Power predicted reliability rating for the 2017 Giulia.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Recalls

There are currently no recalls for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia as of the date of this review.

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Which Used Alfa Romeo Giulia Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia has three trim levels: Base, Ti, and Quadrifoglio. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and three USB ports.

We recommend the midlevel Ti trim for its added features, including heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, and satellite radio.

True performance enthusiasts will want the Quadrifoglio. Building on the Ti trim, it comes with navigation and performance upgrades like the Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector, Pirelli performance tires, and carbon-fiber trim.

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How Safe Is the Giulia?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Alfa Romeo a Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest accolade. The Giulia earned the top score of Good in all conducted crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2017 Giulia.

The Giulia comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia or 2017 BMW 3 Series?

The 2017 BMW 3 Series is a comfier daily driver than the Giulia, but this BMW can tackle corners just as well as its Alfa rival. The 3 Series has a comfortable, high-end cabin with plenty of space for front and rear passengers. It also has lots of available features, ranging from driver assistance systems to help keep you safe, to tech features like a Wi-Fi hot spot to stay connected on the road.

Which Is Better: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia or 2017 Audi A4?

The 2017 Audi A4 doesn’t have the Giulia’s sharp handling, but it’s still an excellent choice. The A4 holds its own when the road gets twisty, and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers plenty of power. Inside, you'll find a top-notch cabin and some of the roomiest rear seats in the class. It boasts a long list of standard features, which includes tri-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The A4 also has lower operating costs than the Giulia. We named the A4 our 2017 Best Luxury Small Car for the Money because its combination of quality and value in the class.

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2017 Giulia Performance

How Does the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Drive?

With its strong brakes, precise steering, and athletic handling, the Giulia drives more like a sports car than many others in the class. This Alfa’s sensitive steering makes it fun to drive on a curvy backroads, but it can get annoying when commuting on the highway, where slight movements of the wheel can set you off center. The performance-tuned brakes have great stopping power, but they take some getting used to around town.

The base Giulia has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower. A 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 powers the Giulia Quadrifoglio, Acceleration is quick in the base engine but absolutely blistering in the Quadrifoglio, with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes with both, and it downshifts quickly when you need more power.

Does the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Giulia's fuel economy is average for the class. The base engine gets an EPA-estimated  24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive and the base engine, fuel economy drops to 23/31 mpg city/highway. The Quadrifoglio's gas mileage is the lowest of the bunch, at 17/24 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Giulia Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Giulia Seat?

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia seats five on leather upholstery. The standard power-adjustable front seats are not well-padded, and the bottom cushion isn't long enough to support your thighs. We recommend upgrading to the available sport seats with power bolsters and manual thigh adjustment. Heated front seats are also available. Compared to other cars in the class, the Giulia’s rear seats are tight.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The 2017 Giulia has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat anchors on the outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Giulia’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, citing lower anchors that are difficult to access.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Features

Standard features include proximity key, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard infotainment system has a 6.5-inch display, a console-mounted infotainment control knob, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and three USB ports. Available features include an 8.8-inch infotainment display, a 10-speaker audio system, navigation, and satellite radio.

Due to its reflective surface, the Giulia’s infotainment display has visibility issues caused by glare. The standard and optional audio systems are easy to set up and control, but the sound quality isn't spectacular for the segment.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Dimensions

Alfa Romeo Giulia Cargo Space

The Giulia’s trunk measures 12 cubic feet. Most other luxury small cars offer more cargo space.

2017 Giulia Length and Weight

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is 15.2 feet long and weighs 3,456 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Built?

Alfa Romeo built the 2017 Giulia in Italy.


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