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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior Review

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Interior: 7.2

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a mixed bag inside. Some reviewers argue that the interior looks great and features premium materials. Others say it lets in too much outside noise and has a number of low-rent materials. The front seats are terrific, but the rear seats feel cramped. Trunk space is below average as well. There are plenty of tech features and the infotainment system is fairly intuitive, though a few functions require more steps to complete than they should.

  • "Modern and stylish at first glance, the Giulia does make a good first impression, but some materials have a distinctly preproduction feel and give the car an unfinished look. Numerous creaks and electronic gremlins cast a shadow of doubt on long-term integrity." -- 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 (2018)
  • "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 and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include upgraded leather and Alcantara upholstery, 12- and 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and Sparco carbon fiber racing seats (only available in Quadrifoglio models).

Up front, the Giulia provides a lot of space and reasonable comfort. The ample support provided by the front seats is especially appreciated when you take advantage of the Giulia's performance chops. However, the cramped rear seats don't offer enough legroom for most people.

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The tether anchors pose no problems, but the lower anchors are set deep in the seat and tough to maneuver around.

  • Firm but comfortable and aggressively supportive, the front seats in the Giulia are some of the best available in an already strong class. … However, the rear seats lack significant legroom for adults." -- 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

Standard features in the Giulia include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, three USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a dual-pane sunroof and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display screen, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation. Available driver assistance features include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

This Alfa’s infotainment system doesn't have a steep learning curve, though a few of the controls are not in the places you'd expect. Some functions are buried under several layers of menus, making it tedious to change some settings. Also, the Giulia doesn't offer a touch screen, leaving you to work with a rotary dial controller.

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  • "Most of the controls in the Giulia are familiar and intuitive, even when they might be in a slightly different location, such as the start button. The multimedia control knob falls readily to hand and helps make easy use of the primary interface. There is a multitude of tedious menus." -- 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 provides 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit less than most rivals. The trunk's narrow opening and high liftover height make loading large or bulky items tricky. There's also not much small-item storage space in the cabin. A power trunk release comes standard.

  • "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 (2018)
  • 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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