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- So good to drive
- Quadrifoglio is almost a Ferrari sedan
- Gorgeous styling
- Reasonable value
- Many permutations available
- Tight rear seat
- Infotainment way behind
- Rivals are more efficient
- Some cheap bits inside
- Reliability a big question mark
- #5 in Mid-Size Cars
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia presents plenty of compelling reasons to jump ship from the “default” sports sedan brands.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia has the world’s finest sports sedans in its sights. Although it isn’t quite the bullseye that the Italian automaker might need, the Giulia compact sports sedan is brimming con brio, a delight to drive in even its humblest form, and sells for a fair price, too.
We rate it at 7.4 out of 10. We give points above average for a ride/handling/powertrain combination worth benchmarking, for its Italian style, and a good range of features and options. But all is not perfect; the Giulia stumbles a bit when it comes to in-car tech, and we’re still awaiting safety scores. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The 2018 Giulia comes in three trim levels—base, Ti, and fire-breathing, Ferrari-powered (well, basically) Quadrifoglio. That last model, aimed at stalwarts like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, channels Alfa Romeo’s past; its name means “four-leaf clover” and it’s an homage to Alfa’s racing history.
This year, the Giulia gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, correcting a major deficit from last year. A Harman Kardon audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen are now standard on most variants and the automaker has seen fit to shuffle around some optional equipment.
All but the Quadrifoglio are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at a hefty 280 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic is standard and all-wheel drive—which Alfa calls Q4—is optional at every level. The standard suspension is a reasonably plush compromise between sport sedan zip and everyday comfort, while the optional sport setup is firmer without being too stiff.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a breath of fresh air against staid German rivals. Its twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 is full of bravado, not to mention 505 hp routed rearward via an 8-speed automatic. Underneath, an active suspension setup renders the Quadrifoglio perfectly comfortable as a daily driver or, at the twist of a drive mode knob, ready to attack a road coarse. All versions of the Giulia have quick, meaty steering that delivers an almost unfiltered feel of the road below—a genuine rarity and one that means the Giulia should be on any enthusiast’s shopping list.
Giulias start a hair under $40,000, which makes them a pretty good value on paper given the power they put out and a standard feature count that includes leather upholstery, HID headlights, and power front seats with driver’s side memory.
Although the Giulia hasn’t yet been subjected to a full battery of crash tests, it is available with the latest safety tech like automatic emergency braking.