What is it?
It’s the backbone of Alfa Romeo’s ambitious comeback, a range of four-door sedans designed to take on the best European compact luxury cars, such as the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.
That is a claim it can stand up to, with the Giulia Super ousting the Mercedes C250 as Drive’s Best Luxury Car under $80,000.
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How many models can I choose from?
There are five variants in the Giulia range, defined by four model grades and three engine options.
It starts with the base-level Giulia powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, moves through the mid-spec Super that is offered with the choice of a petrol or diesel engine, cascades up to the Veloce with a more powerful petrol four-cylinder and tops-out with the high-performance Quadrifoglio muscle car that features a Ferrari-developed 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6.
All Giulia models come standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, leather interior trim, dual-zone air conditioning and an 8.8-inch multimedia screen with sat nav, Bluetooth and digital radio.
Stepping-up to the Super specification adds heated front seats and steering wheel, higher-grade leather trim, light wood dash inserts and specific-design 18-inch alloy wheels as well as extra safety features like active cruise control and blind spot monitor.
The Veloce has an even sportier look and feel. Apart from a higher-output 2.0-litre turbo engine that produces 206kW (up from 147kW), it has larger 19-inch alloys, adaptive suspension, red brake callipers, a limited slip differential, sports seats, bi-Xenon headlights and an upgraded audio system.
The Quadrifoglio takes that concept to another level, with 375kW/600Nm outputs, 19-inch forged alloys, Brembo brakes, carbon fibre body parts and interior highlights and figure-hugging seats clothed in leather and Alcantara.
What do they cost?
Giulia - $59,895
Super (petrol) - $64,195
Super (diesel) - $65,895
Veloce - $71,895
Quadrifolgio - $143,900
*Prices exclude on-road costs
Any options that I need to know about?
On the regular models there are 14 colours to choose from, with eight metallic hues and two high-quality tri-coat treatments that cost extra, plus a series of alloy wheel designs.
Then there’s a Veloce pack that is available on the base Giulia and Super variants that brings active suspension, 19-inch alloys, sports leather seats and a host of exterior upgrades and a separate Lighting Pack that adds the bi-Xenon headlamps.
All regular models can also be had with an upgraded 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, a dual-pane sunroof and an optional alarm system while the Veloce customers can choose to have brake callipers in yellow or black at an additional cost.
On the Quadrifolgio, the colour palette is limited to seven choices (six of which cost extra) and then there’s two optional alloy wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, lightweight carbon fibre seats from Sparco, a steering wheel with leather, Alcantara and carbon fibre and brake callipers in either black or yellow.
Is it expensive to own?
All Alfa Romeo Giulia variants are covered by a standard three-year/100,000km warranty with roadside assistance.
However, Alfa is currently offering a five-year/200,000km warranty with roadside assistance and three years of free scheduled servicing, with visits every 12 months or 15,000km.
Which is the most economical model?
The Giulia Super Diesel is the fuel sipper in the range, with a claimed average of just 4.2L/100km from its 132kW/450Nm 2.2-litre engine.
But the 2.0-litre petrol turbo is right up there with the class leaders, consuming a claimed average of 6.0L/100km in the base and Super specifications and 6.1L/100km in Veloce guise.
For its astonishing performance, the Quadrifoglio is relatively frugal with a claimed average of 8.2L/100km.
Which is the safest model?
All Giulia models have a solid kit of standard safety gear, including eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and a reverse camera.
However, all variants from Super and above have additional features such as active cruise control, blind spot monitors and rear cross-path detection.
Which is the best model to drive?
The Quadrifoglio is a genuine four-door supercar, with stonking performance from its 375kW/600Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 and sublime dynamics. It is fast and fun in equal measures, and, in most regards, sets new benchmarks among European sports sedans in the way it balances everyday comfort with full-on track capabilities.
Those foundations are also cemented across the rest of the range, ensuring that all Giulia variants live up to Alfa’s sporting heritage as well as challenging German rivals for luxury.
Should I buy one now?
Despite being a great car, Alfa Romeo is still struggling to capture the attention of luxury buyers, which may be cautious of its chequered reputation for long-term reliability.
The current extended warranty and free servicing deal – which is beyond anything that German rivals offer and saves thousands in maintenance costs – is highly appealing and provides an added element of peace of mind.
Where's the sweet spot?
As our reigning Best Luxury Car under $80,000, it’s hard to go past the Giulia Super in what it offers; a sporting, stylish and well-equipped luxury sedan that is fun to drive.
All of those elements are amplified in models higher up the range, but the foundations are so good that the Giulia Super offers the same character at a reasonably affordable price.
source : drive.com.au