2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Alfa Romeo emphasizes that the Giulia's cabin is centered on the driver. The steering wheel is small and sporty, and, like the tiller of a Formula One car, it is home to the start button and several other controls.

We give the Giulia a point above average for so much attention to people up front. We'd give another point for the overlooked rear seats, but a small frame makes those seats tough to get into. Overall, the Giulia gets a 6 out of 10 for comfort. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Even the high-performance Quadrifoglio has enough room for four adults—five in a pinch—with touches of premium interior materials.

In the instrument panel resides a 7.0-inch driver information display, while the center of the dash gets an 8.8-inch display that can show real-time performance data and telemetry, as well as infotainment information. The center console houses a BMW iDrive-­style control knob as well as Alfa's DNA Pro mode selector.

The infotainment system is almost laughably awkward to use. It always requires multiple clicks to change radio stations and the system doesn't stay on a presets screen or an all channels screen to let you switch easily between stations. The top of the puck-like controller also accepts finger-drawn inputs for letters and numbers. When inputting a navigation address, we had issues with random letters popping up as entered. It proved very frustrating. The system also lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are becoming ubiquitous nowadays.

As befits the class, a smattering of premium materials spruce up the cockpit, including carbon fiber, wood, and quality fabrics. To save weight, the available Sparco racing seats employ carbon fiber frames and more aggressive bolstering than the standard leather and Alcantara sport seats.

In any form, the front seats are quite comfortable and they have enough bolstering to keep occupants in place during the aggressive driving that the Quadrifoglio encourages.

The Giulia's space is surprisingly accommodating. The rear seat has enough room for a 6-footer to sit behind a 6-footer, and three across will fit in the back for short periods of time. The issue is getting in and out of the back; the door openings are small, so occupants have to twist their ankles to fit through the door gaps and into the footwells.

The trunk is fairly large, though shallow, and in the name of structural rigidity, it doesn't offer a passthrough or split-folding rear seats to improve its cargo capacity.

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