Alfa Romeo Giulia

Model Overview

The Alfa Romeo Giulia name returns for an all-new premium compact sedan that competes against the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


The Giulia name was used from 1962-1978 on Alfa Romeo’s sporty four-door family sedan and wagon. (A two-door Giulia coupe was available from 1963-1977.) Several engines and special-edition models were offered over its lifetime.

During the summer of 2015, an all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia was revealed at the automaker’s museum outside of Milan. The new premium compact sedan will go up against from competitors from American, British, German, and Japanese premium automakers. While several trims will be offered, the first model show was the top-spec  Quadrifoglio sport sedan. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 making 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque that sends power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Giulia is expected to be one of the lightest cars in its class thanks a judicious use of aluminum (front and rear vehicle subframes, front shock towers, brakes, suspension components, doors, and fenders) and carbon fiber (hood, roof, drive shaft, active aero front splitter, and rear spoiler). Alfa Romeo claims the Giulia will have close to a 50/50 weight distribution.

During its North American debut at the 2015 L.A. auto show, Alfa Romeo confirmed a base 280-hp, 306 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for the Giulia as well as optional all-wheel-drive. Standard features include leather seating (with optional contrast stitching), automatic dual-zone climate control, A 6.5- or 8.8-inch display, 3D navigation, an eight speaker audio system, and heated performance front seats with lumbar and thigh support. The Giulia is also available with a choice of wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber interior trim.

An Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce with added visual punch for models with the turbo 2.0-liter engine was revealed at the 2016 Paris auto show. Unique equipment includes revised bumpers, gloss black trim, an optional 19-inch wheel style, black leather sport seats, sport steering wheel, and aluminum trim. The Veloce debuted with a new Blue Misano paint color.

The Latest Generation

“After such a long gestation and so many promises, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia can’t help but suffer from the weight of expectations,” we concluded in our 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio Verde and standard Giulia First Drive. “Alfa Romeo is an enthusiast’s brand, and we want to believe in it, just the same as we want the Giulia to be the perfect sports sedan. Despite what Disney and auto magazines tell you, though, no love is perfect, and the Giulia has its warts. The good news is that the Giulia, especially the Quadrofoglio Verde, is so good at its primary mission that we’re mostly willing to forgive its failings. Still, if the mid-cycle refresh showed up with a manual transmission, an anti-lag system, some steering feel, and some kind of force feedback in the brake pedal, we’d about wet ourselves. Until then, though, we’ll love the Giulia for what it is and not the fairy tale we were sold.”

Why You’d Consider One

Italian flair adds a unique touch of sport to the sport sedan segment.

Why You’d Look Elsewhere

Needs a few revisions to make this a perfect car.

Body Types: Sedan
Overall Rating:
4.5 of 5

Rating based on 2020 Model

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