The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia’s design combines elements of the past with a modern look and a sporty stance in a unique and exciting way matched by few cars today. We give the Giulia an 8 out of 10 for styling, adding points for the stunning exterior, the sexy front end, and the bold stance. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The body is draped over a long wheelbase, but short front and rear overhangs give it a tidy overall length. The familiar Alfa Romeo trefoil grille resides up front, along with adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a carbon fiber front active aero splitter that increases high-speed downforce by as much as 220 pounds. The hood has a pair of air vents that conform to a V shape that begins with the dominant triangular portion of the trefoil grille.
The front fenders of the Quadrifoglio feature green-and-white four-leaf clovers. These sit above air extractors from which flow bold character lines that end at the rear door handles. The rear fenders have powerful haunches that are reminiscent of the previous-generation M3. The coefficient of drag is a fairly slippery 0.32.
Overall, the look is unique and menacing, but from some angles the front view can appear too wide and slightly awkward. The lower portions of the front grille would also be better served by metal mesh than what looks like plastic.
Inside, the look isn't quite as special. While some contrast stitching and carbon fiber trim dress it up, there isn't much design inspiration going on here. It's mostly just a monochromatic cockpit meant for the serious work of performance driving.