The Car Connection Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a compact luxury sedan that takes on established rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Cadillac.
Giulia is an old name for Alfa Romeo, reaching all the way back into the 1960s. The current model is a four-door sedan and the first meaningful step for the automaker to return to the U.S.
For 2022, a new Veloce model replaces the Ti Sport and Alfa Romeo adds several standard features, including safety equipment. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors with steering support, automatic high beams, and front and rear parking sensors become standard, as do navigation, heated front and rear seats, and wireless smartphone charging.
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The Giulia launched as the high-performance Quadrifoglio model, which is a competitor for the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. With a Ferrari-derived twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood, the Quadrifoglio makes 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes standard with start/stop technology and cylinder deactivation. Alfa Romeo says the V-6 will vault the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 191 mph.
All other versions are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 280 hp. An 8-speed automatic is the only transmission in all models. All-wheel drive is optional with the turbo-4.
When it was released, Alfa Romeo claimed the Quadrifoglio offered best-in-class torsional rigidity and a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 7 pounds per horsepower. Several weight-savings measures are applied to arrive at that number. Carbon fiber is used for the driveshaft, hood, and roof, while the doors, fenders, front and rear subframes, mirrors, and suspension are aluminum components. An aluminum composite and plastic crossmember sheds pounds at the rear, while optional carbon-ceramic brakes weigh half as much as the standard cast-iron rotors and save unsprung weight at all four corners. Cast-iron brakes are standard.
All Giulia models feature a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. The Alfa DNA Pro drive-mode selector is standard, offering Advanced Efficiency, Natural, and Dynamic modes that adjust the brake and steering feel, as well as the engine, transmission, and throttle response. The Quadrifoglio also gets a Race mode.
The Giulia’s design features a long wheelbase with short overhangs. The familiar Alfa Romeo trefoil grille is front and center, flanked by adaptive bi-xenon headlights. A carbon-fiber front active aero splitter increases high-speed downforce by as much as 220 pounds. The rear fenders have powerful haunches that are reminiscent of the E90-generation (2008-2013) BMW M3. The coefficient of drag is a fairly slippery 0.32.
Inside, the Giulia has sport seats and the Quadriglio gets aggressively bolstered leather and Alcantara sport seats. A small-diameter steering wheel witha start button and other controls appears in all models. The instrument cluster has a 7.0-inch driver information display, and the dash features an 8.8-inch touchscreen for infotainment, as well as real-time performance data and telemetry. The center console houses a BMW iDrive-style control knob. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility were made optional for 2018.
Automatic emergency braking was made standard for 2020. Safety options include active lane control, a driver-attention monitor, and traffic sign recognition, and systems that control the steering, throttle, and brake in limited traffic jam and highway driving situations.
The Giulia received no significant changes for the 2019 model year, but for 2020 it got improved interior materials and a new 8.8-inch infotainment system that acts quicker, is less complicated, and includes a touchscreen.
For 2021, Alfa Romeo simplified the Giulia’s lineup to four models: Sprint, Ti, Ti Sport, and Quadrifoglio. The brand also juggled equipment by model, turned old models into packages, and changed what safety features are available in which packages. The Ti Sport has since become the Veloce and many of those safety features became standard.