Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Giulia comes in three basic flavors: the base Giulia, the upscale Giulia Ti and the high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio. At the heart of the Giulia and Giulia Ti is a high-pressure 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Should buyers specify, the Giulia and the Giulia Ti can be equipped with all-wheel drive, a $2,000 option. Either way, the Giulia can hit 60 mph in comfortably under six seconds.

The Quadrifoglio variant of course, is on another level. Alfa Romeo claims that the Giulia Quadrifoglio is the most powerful production car they've ever built offering a staggering 505 horsepower from a 2.9L V6 thanks to twin turbochargers. All that power is sent to the rear wheels to make 60 mph come in only 3.9 seconds.

Regardless of which Giulia buyers choose, equipment and options are similar to competitors in this price range, which is to say very nice, with plenty of available options to make the cars even nicer. Base Giulia models come with 17-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, a 6.5-inch screen for in in car entertainment and the backup camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and keyless go, leather seating, dual-zone climate control, USB and Bluetooth integration, steering wheel mounted audio controls, rear seat ventilation and an integrated garage door opener.

The Giulia Ti isn't much more expensive than the base Giulia, but it gets bigger 18-inch wheels, a bigger 8.8-inch color screen, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, along with a nicer interior featuring dark grey oak interior accents.

The Quadrifoglio has 19-inch aluminum wheels and unique exterior aero bits along with lots of tricks to make go faster and handle better. Among these tricks are an active torque vectoring rear differential, and active suspension which lets drivers determine the driving mode with the touch of a button. Combined, these two features give the Giulia truly sports car like handling, making it the kind of no compromise vehicle that people could've only dreamed of a few years ago.

Option packages on the Giulia include a driver assistance package, a sport appearance package and a navigation package which also adds SiriusXM satellite radio. Standalone options include a wide variety of wheels and a big dual-pane sunroof.

Editors' Review

The compact luxury sport sedan segment has long been one of the most competitive in the industry, at least from the perspective of journalists and enthusiasts. While the BMW 3 Series was always the go-to, no-brainer choice, it got softer in the 2000s, allowing other models to claw their way to the top. Then, in 2015, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio burst onto the scene and shook everything up, instantly becoming the coolest and best-driving sport sedan on sale.

The 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio isn't the only Giulia you can buy, though. The base Giulia 2.0T uses a turbo-four engine that's far removed from the Quadrifoglio's Ferrari-derived V6. Does the low-end Giulia feel just as magical as the high-performance version? It does to an extent -- but it's mostly to the car's detriment.

Over five years after its debut, the Giulia is still stunning. It's easily one of the best looking sedans in its class even without the Quadrifoglio's larger intakes and wider stance. I love the silver 19-inch wheels on my test car, which are standard on the Ti Sport trim, and the red brake calipers are a no-cost option. This Giulia's classic red-over-tan color combo is fabulous, though I'd skip the $2,200 Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat metallic paint and pick the fantastic Visconti Green for $600 instead.

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The Good ~ Fantastic looks ~ Class-leading driving dynamics ~ More standard features

The Bad ~ Tech isn't up to par ~ Annoying ergonomics ~ Lacking some luxury options

The Bottom Line For the luxury sport sedan buyer who only cares about the "sport."

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 6.5

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