2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Alfa Romeo is known for making drivers' cars, and the 4C sports car clearly shows that, with barely any attention to comfort in the cabin. The 2017 Giulia, on the other hand, does a better job of keeping you comfortable while still focusing on driving experience. Test drivers say the cabin is uniquely styled, but not in an overwhelming manner. All the materials are high quality and nice to the touch, especially the standard leather upholstery.

The Giulia's driver-centric design continues with the infotainment system, which gives you access to the bare minimum features and options that you need without being bloated with extras. The front seats offer ample room, but the back is tighter. Other cars in the class offer more trunk space than the Giulia.

  • "Inside, it's clear that Alfa spent its money on the important stuff – not flash. The cabin is almost Spartan in its lack of adornment or frills – which is not to say it's unattractive. Instead, the cockpit feels welcoming, uncluttered, and appropriately businesslike." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Front or back, you'll be treated with a stylish and nicely appointed interior. Leather is standard on all Giulias, and it's rich soft stuff. It's also on the dash and doors and features accent stitching. The dashboard design is interesting and original, featuring a frameless infotainment screen which disappears into the surrounding black panel when you turn it off." -- Motor Trend
  • "Buttons and switches feel of a high quality, and materials quality for dashboard, leather trim, wood, aluminum and carbon-fiber trim is excellent as well. Alfa Romeo is not afraid to use color on its interiors either, with a hot red leather interior just one of many possible color and trim combinations." -- Cars.com

Seating

The five-seat 2017 Giulia comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and sports seats with additional bolstering are optional.

The driver and front passenger will have plenty of head- and legroom, except in models with the optional sunroof, which cuts into the amount of headroom available. The standard seats are not very soft, and the cushion doesn't extend far enough to support your thighs. On the plus side, the driver will have a commanding view of the road ahead.

The back seats are less accommodating than those in the front. Headroom is limited even without the sunroof, and rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 offer more legroom. Large wheel wells on either side make it difficult to get into the Giulia's back seat.

  • "There's plenty of legroom and headroom up front, unless you opt for the moonroof, which eats up precious inches both in front and in back." -- Cars.com
  • "The rear seats are actually more of a compromise, as they sit quite inboard and require climbing over a big wheel well hump to get in and out. Once you're in there, you'll enjoy plenty of shoulder and knee room, though the headroom is a bit pinched if you order the double sunroof and a big driveshaft tunnel means the middle seat is mostly useless." -- Motor Trend
  • "Next to the BMW 3-series and the Audi A4, the Alfa's back seat lacks legroom. Front-seat occupants enjoy more space, and a relatively low cowl provides a clear view ahead. We found the front seats in four-cylinder models to be overly firm, and the seat bottom is way too short for proper thigh support." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Standard features in the Giulia include 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.

Optional features include an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, satellite radio, a dual-pane sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

At first glance, the Giulia seems to be loaded with the sorts of high-tech features you'd expect in a luxury car. In reality, though, most of them are just OK and not much more. The infotainment system is easy to use, with logical menus and none of the frills you'll find in some German competitors. This might appeal to some buyers who are looking for a fuss-free driving experience, but most shoppers in this class expect some more high-end touches like a Wi-Fi hot spot or Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The infotainment screen can also be hard to see; there’s lots of glare on sunny days. The Giulia's audio systems are similarly mediocre, offering only decent sound quality from even the optional higher-end setups.

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  • "Getting through the menus with one hand while driving is easier than most setups we've worked with. We did have a problem with glare on the screen, which is neither glossy nor full matte. It looks cool, to be sure, but we were looking at distracting reflections most of the early morning." -- Autoweek
  • "All the trims have access to the same infotainment system that's new for the Giulia. Controlled by a simple rotary dial between the seats, the Giulia does all you need it to but not much more. Navigation is simple and intuitive, as is media playback and the other baseline features, but don't expect niceties like custom color schemes or Google Earth satellite imagery." -- CNET
  • "The interior electronics aren't exactly state of the art. The multimedia system is a little difficult to read, with a tinted cover over the screen that gives the poorly labeled navigation system's maps a grainy appearance. The audio system is easy to use, but the sound quality is only average, even on premium systems. Alfa has created a simple, low-feature multimedia system that may not offer much, but it also doesn't distract from driving with superfluous functions, screens or controls." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The Giulia has 12 cubic feet of cargo room, which is a bit low compared to other luxury small cars. The BMW 2 Series and Lexus IS both offer close to 14 cubic feet of trunk space. You can fold down the rear seats to make room for longer items, but don't expect to load up anything too big since the trunk's opening isn't very large.

  • "… the opening is so small that loading and unloading suitcases is akin to playing Operation." -- Car and Driver
  • "Trunk space looks about the same as its competition, and the rear seats fold down to hold more cargo." -- Autoweek

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