UK order books for Alfa's BMW 3 Series rival are now open; hot Quadrifoglio range-topper costs £59,000
17 October 2016

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is now on sale in Britain, priced from £29,180.

The entry-level model costs £4020 more than the base version of its key rival, the BMW 3 Series, but the Alfa comes with a larger, more potent engine than the BMW and a generous list of standard features, ensuring it should be a strong contender against its established rivals.

British buyers can choose from five trim levels for Alfa's new saloon: Giulia, Giulia Super, Giulia Tecnica, Giulia Speciale and the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio. More details for each can be found below. The range-topping Quadrifoglio version of the car, which features a Ferrari-derived 3.0-litre V6 with 503bhp, starts at £59,000.

Besides the Quadrifoglio model, three engines will be available in the Giulia. These include a 197bhp, 243lb ft, turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol, which is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Compare that with the entry-level BMW engine, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit, and even the base Alfa looks suitably well endowed.

Next are two 2.2-litre diesels, the most powerful of which produces 178bhp and 332lb ft of torque. It’s capable of emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 in Eco specification. The other diesel comes with 148bhp and 280lb ft.

Both engines can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Read our review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Multiair

Technical specs

All models will have rear-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be available on some versions. Alfa Romeo says the car has a perfect 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution and it features multi-link suspension at the rear and double wishbones at the front.

The Giulia has an unladen weight of 1374kg in 178bhp 2.2-litre diesel form.

Alfa Romeo says electronic aids on the Giulia are used only to make the driving experience more exciting. For example, the new integrated braking system mixes the traditional stability control set-up with a servo brake, reducing weight and vibrations through the pedal.

Other safety and assistance systems include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, optional adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitoring.

Drivers can choose from three driving modes via Alfa’s DNA drive selector. In addition, range-topping Quadrifoglio models get a Race option.

Read our review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Multijet 180 Super

The five-seat cabin features an 8.8in infotainment system, controlled via a rotary pad on the centre console. The system features compatibility for Apple and Android devices, Bluetooth and satellite navigation. Depending on the specification, the Giulia has either a 3.5in or 7.0in colour display as part of the instrument cluster.

Five-trim levels

In entry-level Giulia form, the car sits on 16in alloy wheels and has LED rear lights, a fabric interior, 3.5in TFT driver’s information screen, 6.5in infotainment screen and a leather steering wheel. Cruise control, dual-zone climate control and lane departure warning are three of several key features offered as standard.

Pay £30,880 for a Super model and Alfa will add 17in alloys, twin exhaust pipes and part-leather seats, as well as an 8.8in infotainment screen and two-tone interior trim. Add £115 to that price and the Tecnica falls into reach, bringing a rear reversing camera, privacy glass, chrome window surrounds and a cooled glovebox.

The highest-spec non-performance Giulia, the Speciale, costs from £34,150 and has bi-xenon headlights, heated front seats, a leather-clad steering wheel, 18in alloys and sports bumpers front and rear.

The Quadrifoglio range-topper gets an even more aggressive look and optional Personalisation Pack, which brings features such as wheel-mounted paddle shifters, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors and electric front seats. There's also an autonomous emergency braking system and blindspot monitoring to head a long list of driver assist features.

Alfa Romeo says the new Giulia “embodies the core elements which have made Alfa Romeo one of the world's best-loved automotive brands: distinctive Italian design; innovative powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio."

Alfa's newly announced pricing ranks the Giulia above some of its key rivals, including the £25,160 BMW 3 Series, the £26,350 Audi A4, the £27,665 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the £26,990 Jaguar XE. But the Alfa has arguably one of the strongest engine line-ups in its class and a lengthy list of standard equipment to help it fight its cause.

Our Verdict

We're very impressed by Alfa's hot new Quadrifoglio Giulia, but here we've driven the one you're more likely to buy: the 178bhp diesel

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1 March 2016

Personally prefer the Giulia without some of the fussier details of the QV. I hope the car lives up to the hype when the first road test comes. Is 1374kg light for a diesel car of this size?

2 March 2016

1374 kg would be a sensationally low weight for a diesel car of this class. It would make the Giulia over 10% lighter than any of its competitors. The equivalent Jaguar XE, for instance, would be 176kg heavier. In fact, it would make the Giulia pretty much the same weight as a Giulietta. Of course, the operative word here is "would".

2 March 2016

The above article quotes an "unladen weight" and not kerb weight.

The Alfa Romeo Press Release states:

"The end result is a dry weight of 1,374 kg for the 180 HP 2.2-litre diesel version... In the Quadrifoglio version... A dry weight of 1,524 kg..."

Il cuore ha sempre ragione.

3 March 2016

Ah yes the "dry weight" i.e. devoid of fuel, oil, other sundry fluids and even windscreen washer water. Why is it that only the Italians furnish this most misleading of statistics? Could it be because the Giulia has missed its weight targets, having also missed its impact and handling targets?

3 March 2016
gussy51 wrote:

Personally prefer the Giulia without some of the fussier details of the QV. I hope the car lives up to the hype when the first road test comes.

I do, too, I think it looks more cohesive without the sporty add-ons. I think it's an attractive car but not beautiful in the same way that the Jaguar XE is good-looking but rather safe. I think both the Giulia and XE are ahead of the Germans in the style stakes, though. The Audi's generic, the BMW's same again styling is getting dull and the Mercedes has some rather awkward angles.


1 March 2016

...that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as superlative as the Giulia's top model is to look upon, to me, I do not think Alfa Romeo did them selves any favors by taking so long to introduce the down to Earth, every day man's version of the car. As nice as the standard editions of the car are, having shown off the fire breather so long ago, when you see the regular ones it seems like they're missing something, IMHO. Perhaps if they had introduced them all at the same time or the pedestrian versions first, there might not seem, to me any way, as big a jump from the one on steroids to the average that uses multi vitamins. The main thing is that it's here and I'm sure with it's Ferrari magic dust sprinkled upon it, it'll be a wonderful car no matter which version you get behind the wheel of.


1 March 2016

It's just been revealed in the Geneva presser that all engine variants, both gas and diesel, will receive either the 8-speed auto or 6-speed manual options. Also, the base 2.0 gas engine will output 200HP, with a 280HP version coming later in the year. First EU deliveries starting in June. Looking forward to the road tests.

1 March 2016

Still looks great to me! Glad it works in the regular versions as well as the QV

1 March 2016

I just can't get excited about the look of this car. It has bits of all sorts in there, and ends up looking like nothing in particular.

3 March 2016
catnip wrote:

I just can't get excited about the look of this car. It has bits of all sorts in there, and ends up looking like nothing in particular.

I'm with you. An Infiniti Q50 (if you can find one) and the 'grower' XE are far more elegant. The IS Lexus is very distinctive (although not my cup of tea) and if I had to play it humdrum safe, I quite like the new C class (but it looks dreadfully blancmange like on small wheels and the wrong colour).

Ahh but wait it is an Alfa so it is pre judged to be oh so beautiful. Looks dam right bulbous and over inflated from the front end, handsome from the rear three quarter.


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