Voted by the experts as one of the top cars for this year, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a passion-inducing hot Italian sedan that visually excites while providing an equally impressive and well-balanced driving experience.
Endowed with a racing pedigree from the 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio, the Giulia and its Ti (Turismo Internazionale) sport variant is Alfa Romeo‘s only sedan offering in the US market. This premium D-segment vehicle sits before the Stelvio crossover and 4C sports car in terms of pricing.
1] Engine & Pricing
“The smooth detents of the buttons, the rheostatic clicks of the dials, and the swing of the stalks all carry a tactile elegance. The italic typeface on the instrument gauges connotes velocity. The back seats, though a tad tight on legroom, are draped in the same sumptuous leather as those up front. ” – Motor Trend
The Giulia and its Ti variant features a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 capable of 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. This SOHC engine uses Alfa Romeo’s MultiAir 2 valve technology, which features a direct-mount twin-scroll turbocharger with an electronic wastegate has a red line of only 5,500 rpm, with a max engine speed of 6,200 rpm
Meanwhile, the RWD-only Quadrifoglio boasts an all-aluminum 2.9-liter Twin-Turbo V6 that packs 505 hp and 443-lb-ft of torque.
An 8-speed automatic transmission gives the Giulia a considerably economical EPA-rating of 24/33 mpg city/highway for the RWD model, and 23/31 mpg with the AWD model while the Quadrifoglio delivers 17/24 mpg.
2] Standard 2018 features
“It handles absolutely beautifully, with light, linear sports car-like steering. “It rides like a luxury car with no impact harshness in the cabin, and it’s downright quick. This is a car that puts a smile on your face. It doesn’t matter whether you’re sitting at a stop light, bombing down a back road, or cruising on the highway. It just wants to please.” – Christian Seabaugh. Features Editor
While Alfa Romeo gives its customers a seemingly overwhelming number of customization options and packages, even the base model Giulia is already loaded with features found mostly in luxury cars such as:
- 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
- HID headlights with LED daytime running lights and static bending
- LED tail lights
- Power-folding and heated side-view mirrors
- LED interior ambient lighting
- Automatic dual-zone climate control
- Alfa DNA drive mode selector
- Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear performance brakes
- 3 USB ports
- 10-way powered leather front seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- 8.8-inch widescreen display with 3-D navigation
- Active suspension system
- Chrome door speaker surrounds
- Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
The Giulia/Giulia Sport can be customized with 18-inch Bright Turbine aluminum wheels, an 8.8-inch display with a free year of SiriusXM satellite radio.
18-inch double Y-spoke aluminum wheels are available for the Ti model, and 19-inch Bright five-hole aluminum wheels and 19-inch polished Y-spoke aluminum wheels for the Ti Sport.
The Quadrifoglio is lavished with a number of unique features:-
- Forward Collision Warning Plus
- Active aero front splitter system
- Carbon fiber hood, roof, front and rear spoiler
- Quadrifoglio badging
- Quad exhaust tips with rear diffuser
- 200-mph speedometer
- Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selector (with race mode)
- Ultra high-performance Brembo carbon ceramic braking system
- Torque vector differential
- Two-mode performance exhaust system
- Quadrifoglio-tuned active suspension
- Pirelli PZero Corsa “AR” high-performance tires
5] Performance & Safety
A number of car review websites including MotorTrend agree that the Giulia bags the top spot compared against 8 other premium sedans. It has been unanimously praised for its handling, acceleration, and comfort, and has been highly recommended to buyers looking for a “sports car with the practicality of a 4-door”.
The Giulia’s racing character comes out when the Dynamic Mode from the DNA selector is engaged. Drivers looking to attack challenging twisty roads will enjoy downshifting aggressively with the large aluminum paddles while the steering wheel gives them quicker turn-in’s and greater feedback.
Despite this, the stability control system keeps the car in check without meddling, even as the driver pushes the car to the limit.
The Giulia also achieved the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS for earning the highest rating of Good in all 5 crash test evaluations, and highest rating of Superior in the Front Crash Prevention Test.
The Forward Collision Warning Plus driver assist safety feature is able to alert the driver of a possible collision, for avoiding a 12 mph impact, and for reducing a 25 mph impact by 24 mph.
Alfa Romeo also includes a number of other lauded safety features in its various Packages and Equipment Groups option such as:
- Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with full stop
- Lane Departure Warning
- Rear Cross Path detection
- Automatic high-beams
- Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
“Between its old-school spirit and heart-skipping design and performance, the Giulia is sui generis among today’s sport sedans, and I’ve fallen hard for its Italian charms. ” – Lawrence Ulrich, The Drive
A number of reviewers called the interiors unique and Versace-esque, with styling that meets Italian expectations and complements the car’s gorgeous exterior.
A two-tone Black/Ice leather interior with Dark Gray accent stitching is an option for the Giulia and its Sport variant.
The Ti’s red-leather seats and dark gray oak-wood trim on the dashboard and doors are undeniably luxurious. Additionally, the Ti Lusso now comes with an optional light Walnut wood trim
The Quadrifoglio sports a built-for-speed look with its Carbon fiber interior trim, Leather and Alcantara ultra high-performance Sparco carbon fiber racing seats, Leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching and carbon fiber inserts.
Giulia Review and Expert Ratings
“The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is just as exquisite to drive as you want an Italian sport sedan to be. This dynamic performance helps drive it near the apex of our luxury small car rankings. ” – US News Critics’ Rating: 9.1
Car and Driver Editor: 4.5/5
Andrew Ganz of The Car Connection: 7.4/10
“The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia presents plenty of compelling reasons to jump ship from the “default” sports sedan brands.”
- So good to drive
- Quadrifoglio is almost a Ferrari sedan
- Gorgeous styling
- Reasonable value
- Many permutations available
Motor Trend Review: 4.5/5
- An excellent driving machine
- Strong engines and quick acceleration
- High safety scores
Chris Chin of Digital Trends: 4/5
“If Ferrari ever created a BMW 3-Series competitor, the Alfa Romeo Giulia would be it.”
- An Italian thoroughbred sports sedan
- Exterior and interior appears like it was designed by Versace
- Makes for a good conversation piece
- Class-leading handling
- Feels more unique than any of its competitors