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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia ranks in the top half of our luxury small car rankings on the strength of its thrilling performance and good safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative engines
  • Dynamic handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Subpar passenger space
  • So-so cabin quality




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview

Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a great used luxury small car. If performance is a priority, you'll probably love that the Giulia tops this competitive segment in overall driving dynamics. Shoppers who want a higher-quality interior with a roomy second row may want to consider a few of this Alfa's rivals.

The 2018 Giulia has many strengths:

  • Two muscular engine choices
  • Engaging handling
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Straightforward infotainment operation

However, it has some key weaknesses for this competitive class:

  • Limited rear-seat and trunk space
  • Infotainment system's graphics look dated
  • Cabin materials aren't up to snuff
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How Much Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Based on listings for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia on our site, the average list price is about  $39,200. Prices range from $26,500 to $65,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Cost to Own?

The 2018 Giulia’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $28,900, or about $5,780 per year. That’s about average for a luxury small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Giulia?

For 2019, there are no new features for the Giulia, but Alfa Romeo shuffles some amenities around between trims. You may want to consider a used 2018 model instead of a new 2019 Giulia. The 2018 costs much less to buy, with list prices ranging from $26,500 to $65,000. A new Giulia starts at around $38,300 and climbs up to almost $90,000 in higher trims.

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For the Giulia, 2018 is only the second model year since the car's introduction. Alfa Romeo  introduced Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as available features for 2018, so if you prioritize the latest in smartphone technologies, you’ll want to stick with this model year. If having those amenities isn’t a deal breaker, check out an otherwise identical 2017 Giulia, which likely costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Recalls

At the time of writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Which Used Alfa Romeo Giulia Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia comes in three trims: base, Ti, and Quadrifoglio. The lower trims come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 280 horsepower. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The Giulia Quadrifoglio comes with a 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive.

While the Quadrifoglio is the obvious choice for those who want the most thrilling drive, it'll probably come at a much higher price than either of the lower two models. Choosing between the base Giulia and the Ti gives you a lot of leeway since you can find most of the same features in both models. A larger infotainment screen and heated seats, standard in the Ti, are available in some base models.

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia: The Giulia comes standard with genuine leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The standard infotainment system includes a 6.5-inch display, three USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. Available features include an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Available driver assistance features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: Standard features in the Giulia Ti include an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and front parking sensors. Available features for the Ti include adaptive headlights, 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats, premium leather upholstery, a limited-slip differential, and an active suspension.
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: The Giulia Quadrifoglio includes standard adaptive headlights, navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, HD Radio, 14-way power-adjustable performance front seats, and leather-Alcantara upholstery. Other standard features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, paddle shifters, high-performance Brembo brakes, a torque vectoring differential, retuned steering and suspension, and carbon fiber interior and exterior design elements.

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How Safe Is the Giulia?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Giulia a 2018 Top Safety Pick, giving it the top score of Good in five crash tests. Properly equipped models earned the highest-possible ratings for front crash prevention features and how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rear parking sensors
  • rearview camera
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane departure warning
  • front parking sensors
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control
  • adaptive headlights

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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia or 2018 BMW 3 Series?

The 2018 BMW 3 Series offers a handsome cabin and buttoned-down handling, and its average list price is a couple thousand dollars less than that of the Giulia. The Alfa is probably the better pick for more discerning driving enthusiasts, thanks to its swift acceleration and sharp handling. By comparison, the BMW's base engine is a little underwhelming. The Giulia has a slight edge when it comes to safety and predicted reliability ratings, but all things considered, these sporty small sedans match up well.

Which Is Better: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia or 2018 Audi A4?

Whether you're looking for performance, luxury, or a bit of both, the 2018 Audi A4 is one of the best used luxury small cars you can buy. Its cabin is full of top-notch materials and cutting-edge technology. Like the Giulia, this Audi also boasts a great safety score and an above-average predicted reliability rating, but the Alfa Romeo wins in a head-to-head matchup of athleticism. However, the A4 has a smaller range of list prices, and its average price is several thousand dollars lower than the Giulia's. You can't go wrong with either car.

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2018 Giulia Performance

How Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Drive?

When it comes to base engines, the Giulia's is one of the most authoritative among its peers. This turbocharged four-cylinder engine is brisk and smooth, and a polished eight-speed automatic transmission nicely complements the engine's power. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine derived from a Ferrari powertrain. This model dashes from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.8 seconds, and it tops out at 191 mph.

Test drivers praise the steering response in the Giulia as one of the most precise around. The standard Brembo brake system is incredibly strong, and the suspension does a magnificent job keeping body movements in check. You can adjust many of the handling elements with the Alfa DNA Drive Mode Selector, which comes standard with Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency modes.

  • Base engine: 280-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Giulia's fuel economy is typical for a luxury small car.

  • Four-cylinder, RWD: 24/33 mpg city/highway
  • Four-cylinder, AWD: 23/31 mpg
  • V6, RWD: 17/24 mpg

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2018 Giulia Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Giulia Seat?

The 2018 Giulia seats five people in two rows. There isn’t a great deal of rear passenger space, but it’s sufficient for shorter rides. Reviews are mixed on the comfort of the seats, which are a bit on the firm side. Still, the seats are power adjustable no matter which trim you get, so you won't have a problem finding the right driving position.

Standard seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • premium leather upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • 14-way power-adjustable performance front seats
  • leather and Alcantara upholstery
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The 2018 Giulia has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are located behind plastic flaps at the bottom of the seat, but the bars are set deep in the seats, and there's little room to maneuver your hands around.

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Features

The Giulia has a simple, easy-to-use infotainment system that keeps driver distraction at a minimum. In lieu of a touch screen, you use a physical rotary knob on the center console. There are also large radial knobs for climate controls. While the interface is straightforward, the graphics are a little dated, and some rivals have a more high-tech feel. 

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display screen, three USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster

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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Dimensions

Alfa Romeo Giulia Cargo Space

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the luxury small car class.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,521 to 3,806 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Built?

Alfa Romeo built the Giulia in Italy.


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