Alfa aimed for a quietly punchy value offering with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which is tasked with doing a reputational reconstruction job for the firm.

References to the original Giulia of the 1960s will mean little to a good many of today’s performance saloon buyers, for whom the 156 GTA would have been the closest that Alfa ever came to offering an alternative to an M3 (and it wasn’t very close).

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Alfa undercuts its German rivals on showroom price but fares marginally less well on residual value over three

So it’s wise for Alfa UK to have chosen to undercut not only the pricey C63 S but also the equivalent M3 Competition.

It also takes the sting out of the predictably circumspect depreciation forecasts (having paid a bit less up front, private buyers on finance shouldn’t actually lose any more on the Giulia, over a typical three-year period, than they might have on the more expensive AMG).

It’s a pity, though, that those taking dealer finance probably won’t find the Quadrifoglio as cheap on a monthly PCP deal as some of its better-supported rivals.

Including the active rear diff, adaptive dampers and eight-speed auto, the standard equipment level is generous enough to give you things you’d be expected to pay extra for in rivals.

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The Quadrifoglio comes with a 58-litre fuel tank, which is slightly smaller than some of its rivals offer, but the 35.7mpg touring economy it returned on our test more than makes up for the shortfall.

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