2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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MSRP: $38,195 - 73,700

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is the epitome of an exquisite Italian sports sedan. The car's dynamic handling and thrilling overall performance help place it among the best vehicles in our luxury small car rankings.

8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: N/A

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative engines
  • Class-leading athletic handling

 

  • Restricted rear-seat legroom
  • Limited cargo space

 

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia a Good Car?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is an amazing car. Its crisp handling and robust engine options create one of the most athletic experiences in this class, and there's a bona-fide performance model in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The Giulia also gets great crash test scores and offers a user-friendly infotainment interface. Outside, this luxury small car presents a distinct Italian style, but it has some slight hiccups inside. A few interior pieces don't match the level of refinement you may expect from a European luxury brand, and rear-seat and trunk space are a little tight.

Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

You should buy an Alfa Romeo Giulia if you want a sporty sedan that stands out from the crowd. In other words, this isn’t like the usual German luxury sedans (Audi A4, BMW 3 Series) that are longtime stalwarts of this competitive segment. However, you should look to those German rivals if you prioritize the ultimate in interior luxury or you need a little more space in the second row to regularly accommodate passengers.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Alfa Romeo Giulia?

After being introduced as an all-new model for 2017, the main change to the Giulia for 2018 is the option to add Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you can live without these features, consider shopping for a very similar used model to potentially save some money. Check out our review of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia to learn more. If you decide an older model is right for you, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

Our Alfa Romeo Giulia review combines a dozen professional reviews with details such as performance specs, standard features, and available safety technology. This 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cost?

The 2018 Giulia starts at around $38,000, which slots it between the starting prices of the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or Audi A4?

Whether you're looking for performance, luxury, or a bit of both, the Audi A4 is one of the best small sports sedans you can buy. Its cabin is full of top-notch materials and cutting-edge technology. Like the Giulia, this Audi also boasts great crash test and scores, but the Alfa Romeo wins in a head-to-head matchup solely based on sportiness. You can't go wrong with either car.

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

The BMW 3 Series brings a lot to the table. It offers a handsome cabin and buttoned-down handling for around $3,000 less than the Giulia, but adding a more powerful engine or other features quickly ratchets up the price. The Giulia is probably the better pick for more discerning driving enthusiasts, thanks to its potent acceleration rates and sharp road skills.

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

If comfort is key, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is your pick. It has one of the most luxurious interiors in this class, and the front seats (with a wealth of power adjustments) are superb. Though the C-Class' base engine is smooth and energetic, you won't get the same hearty pull that the Giulia offers.

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Giulia Interior

How Many People Does the Giulia Seat?

Passenger space isn't gratuitous inside the five-seat Giulia, but unless you're planning to taxi back-seat passengers regularly, you'll have few complaints. Reviews are mixed on the comfort of the seats (which are a bit on the firm side), but the base model comes with a nice selection of power adjustments.

Giulia and Car Seats

The Giulia has two sets of lower anchors located on the outboard seats. You'll have to dig deep in the seat cushions to find them, though, and they can be awkward to maneuver around. The car's three tether anchors are much easier to find. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated this LATCH system Marginal for ease of use. 

Giulia Interior Quality

The Giulia has a clean, elegant layout, accentuated by upscale materials like walnut, aluminum, carbon fiber, and double-stitched black leather. A faction of test drivers call out a few switches and other elements that feel lower grade than what you may expect from an Italian sport sedan.

Giulia Cargo Space

Trunk space is a bit slim in the Giulia. It has 12 cubic feet of cargo room – a touch smaller than the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Giulia Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Giulia has a simple, easy-to-use infotainment system that includes three USB ports and the option to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its simple setup keeps driver distraction at a minimum, but the interface lacks the state-of-the-art quality that the Audi A4 offers.

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Giulia Performance

Giulia Engine: Potent Acceleration

When it comes to base engines, the Giulia's is one of the most authoritative among its peers. This 280-horsepower four-cylinder engine is brisk and smooth, complemented by its polished eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Ferrari-derived V6 in the Giulia Quadrifoglio has twin turbochargers, a throatier sound, and faster acceleration. This 505-horsepower dynamo dashes the Quadrifoglio to 60 mph in as little as 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph.

Giulia Gas Mileage: Typical for Its Class

With its 2.0-liter engine, the Giulia gets 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That's close to average for a luxury small car. Estimates for Quadrifoglio models drop to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Giulia Ride and Handling: Exceptionally Athletic

Test drivers repeatedly remark that the steering response in the Giulia is 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.

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Giulia Reliability

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Reliable?

J.D. Power has not yet released reliability estimates for the 2018 Giulia.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Warranty

Alfa Romeo covers the 2018 Giulia with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

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Giulia Safety

Giulia Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Giulia top scores in five crash test categories as well as the highest possible ratings for its front crash prevention features and headlight performance. For those accolades, the IIHS named the Giulia a 2018 Top Safety Pick. However, it missed out on the better Top Safety Pick+ designation because it didn't undergo the passenger-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't yet crash tested the 2018 Giulia.

Giulia Safety Features

A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are standard in the 2018 Giulia. Available safety features include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with full-stop capabilities, front parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Alfa Romeo Giulia Model Is Right for Me?

The three Giulia models break down like this – the base Giulia starts off the lineup, the Giulia Ti adds a handful of swanky upgrades, and the high-performance Quadrifoglio model tops the line. The powerful Quadrifoglio is certainly thrilling to drive, but its approximately $74,000 price tag will deter many shoppers.

The Giulia and Giulia Ti both come with the same powertrain and rear-wheel drive. You can add all-wheel drive for about $2,000. The base trim comes with a wealth of standard features, but if you step up the Ti, you get goodies like a larger infotainment screen and heated front seats, while adding only about $2,000 to your cost. A variety of available packages gives you the ability to add extras like navigation and advanced safety technology to each trim level.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission power the base Giulia. Interior amenities include leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, push-button start, a proximity key, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. A 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a console-mounted infotainment control knob, three USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and an eight-speaker audio system make up the base infotainment system. Pricing starts at $38,195.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti

The Giulia Ti ($40,195) builds on the base model's standard amenities, adding an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and front parking sensors.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio features a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Quadrifoglio comes with rear-wheel drive (AWD is not available). Pricing starts at $73,700 and includes performance enhancements, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system, carbon fiber accents inside and out, navigation, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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The Final Call

Driving enthusiasts will be immediately rewarded the first time they slip behind the Giulia's steering wheel. The Giulia delivers one of the sportiest experiences in this segment, accompanied by two powerful engine options. You can dial down the athleticism somewhat when you want a more comfortable daily driver, but even then, the Giulia's sport-tuned attitude is evident. The driver and front passenger will enjoy the journey in comfort, but limited space in the back seat and trunk makes this Alfa Romeo less friendly for larger parties.

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

  • "This luxury sedan newcomer isn't well-known, but once you see it, it's hard to ignore. On the outside, the Giulia looks like nothing else on the road thanks to its taut styling and classic Alfa Romeo grille. The beauty is more than skin-deep, too. … That said, the Giulia has its work cut out for it. Alfa's dealer network is small, and the jury is still out regarding the model's reliability. But if you're looking for a small luxury sedan that brings some passion to the segment, the Giulia could very well be your car." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "'Character.' That word keeps coming to mind when I think about the Giulia QV. This new sports sedan has loads of it—from its immense performance to its soaring engine note to its playful chassis to its stylish Italian physique. Too many cars today perform well but do so innocuously, almost robotically. Not this Alfa. This is an automobile with a feel and personality distinctly different from its rivals. Indeed, its flavor may be too strong for those who simply want some bragging-rights horsepower under their leather-lined luxury chariots. The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, instead, is a driver's sports sedan through and through. Everything else is secondary. Your passengers won't complain — the car is plenty comfortable — but it's clearly going to be you at the wheel who's having the best time of all." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
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