2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia's cabin offers supple seats, premium materials, and refined styling that together create an elegant atmosphere. A handful of interior elements feel a bit shoddy for this class, however, and rear-seat room and cargo space are on the small side.

  • The air vents, gear selector and rotary infotainment controls look and feel less substantial than those of class competitors. The nav screen integration is pretty sleek, and higher-trim leather-wrapped surfaces, carbon trim and carbon steering wheel all look of very high quality and price appropriate." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia looks and feels like a high-performance Italian sports sedan. Alfa even puts the engine start button on the Giulia's leather-wrapped steering wheel, just like its sister-brand Ferrari. It's a cool touch. Soft Italian leather is standard and sport seats are available on the Ti trim. There are plenty of soft-touch materials and the large flowing dash is covered in a choice of real wood accents or brushed aluminum and carbon fiber for a more performance-oriented style." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

The five-seat Giulia comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Seating options include upgraded leather and Alcantara upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and Sparco carbon fiber racing seats.

The front seats are the most desirable, with ample space, lots of adjustments, and available goodies like heat. The cushions aren't as sumptuous as some rivals' are, and Alfa Romeo doesn't offer ventilated seats. Rear-seat room is a bit limited, even for a car this size. The Quadrifoglio's available sport seats are close-fitting in a satisfying way, but some don't like that it swaps the dozen-plus power adjustments for a small selection of power and manual settings.

For child safety seats, there are three clearly marked tether anchors in the back seat. Each outboard seat also has a set of lower anchors. This hardware takes extra effort to use because the anchors are mounted deep in the seat cushions and maneuvering around them can be tricky.

  • Lots of space up front, but the rear seat is a bit cozy. The footroom underneath the front seats is tight, and the center drive tunnel is wide, which eats up a lot of the middle seat's lower real estate. It'd be a squeeze for three adults, even if headroom doesn't seem to be an issue." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • 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. Up front is where you'll want to sit - backseat room is some of the tightest I've experienced in a compact sedan. If I adjust the driver's seat to where I position it, I could not sit in the rear seat behind it - my feet didn't fit into the backseat footwell." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

For 2018, the base infotainment system in the Giulia is composed of a 6.5-inch display screen, a console-mounted control knob, three USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and an eight-speaker audio system. Dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, push-button start, a proximity key, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera are also included.

Available features include an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system, a dual-pane sunroof, 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.

The infotainment system takes very little time to get used to and is relatively easy to use while you're driving. It doesn't appear especially modern, though, and some knobs feel substandard.

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  • "Integration of the wide 8.8-inch touchscreen is very well done, and the controls, although slightly cheap-feeling, operate intuitively. We didn't have any complaints regarding the base car's stereo system, but the optional Harman Kardon system produces some fantastic sound." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Cargo

The Giulia has a 12-cubic-foot trunk, which is a bit on the small side. Overall convenience is also limited, as some test drivers note that the trunk's opening is narrow, and there are few storage cubbies throughout the cabin.

  • "Utility isn't a strong suit of the Giulia, with the exception of the base and Ti trims' split-folding rear seats and easy-access car seat anchors (all trims). Small-item storage within the cabin is limited, and trunk space is unimpressive." -- Edmunds
  • Trunk space appears to be in line with the competition, but the opening is so small that loading and unloading suitcases is akin to playing Operation." -- Car and Driver (2017)

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