Alfa Romeo builds some of the most interesting, attractive vehicles on the road today. They are true Italian sporting machines that are fun to drive, great to look at, and will easily set you apart from the crowd.
Owning and driving an Alfa Romeo is akin to wearing a beautiful pair of Italian shoes. Or wearing a finely styled Italian suit. It is the styling – and the attention to detail – that set these cars apart. For this test, we drove the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport, and enjoyed every minute of the drive.
As the first of a new generation of vehicles on an all-new platform, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti models embody Alfa Romeo’s "la meccanica delle emozioni" (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance with a class-leading 280 horsepower, advanced technologies, including the available Q4 all-wheel-drive system, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium midsize sedan segment.
As the halo model in the lineup, Giulia Quadrifoglio (Italian for all-wheel drive) highlights Alfa Romeo’s exclusive motorsports expertise with a 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that earns the title of the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with a class-leading 3.8 second 0-60 mph time. Plus, Quadrifoglio set a Nürburgring record lap time of 7:32, the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan.
On our drive, we discovered the thrill of what its like to drive a car that has all the right ingredients – where styling, performance, and that “wow” curb appeal all come together. The car fits you like a glove, and its easy to command on the road. Its comfortable, but the cabin was bit noisy at speed. Overall, we enjoyed driving the Giulia, and if you’re looking for a highly interesting and unique quattroporte (Italian for four door sedan) – then you should give this model a test drive.
Alfa Romeo builds beautifully-designed vehicles with unique accents and strong capabilities. From the Giulia and 4C to the Stelvio and 8C Competizione, the Italian car-maker’s lineup may be small, but don’t let the short list give you the wrong impression. Alfa Romeo is serious about bringing customers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Alfa Romeo is unique also because the company embraces and remains true to its original brand identity, and its colorful and rich history. Even the name itself is unique and tells a story.
The “Alfa” in Alfa Romeo began as an acronym for the founding company “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili,” or A.L.F.A. Launched in 1910. “Romeo” was added five years later. As for model names, there is much speculation as to the meaning and origin of the Giulia. The most accepted is its status as the larger version of the diminutive Giulietta. Giulia is the "grown-up" Giulietta.
Even the badge and logo remain true to its heritage. While many car logos and badges today are very different than the originals, the Alfa Romeo badge remains very similar to the early days. The logo incorporates two heraldic devices connected to the formation of the company, the city of Milan: a red cross, from the emblem of Milan, and the biscione, a crowned viper swallowing a Moor, the emblem of the House of Visconti, rulers of the city in the 14th century.
And that viper may represent how Alfa Romeo eats the competition in many key areas, especially with the new vehicles and content for 2019. Here’s what’s new:
• New standard content:
19-inch bright 5-hole aluminum wheel – Giulia Ti Sport
Anodized brake calipers with Red Alfa Romeo script – Giulia Quadrifoglio
40/20/40 folding rear seats with third rear headrest – Giulia Quadrifoglio
• New options:
17-inch Bright Cerchio aluminum wheels - Giulia
19-inch polished aluminum Y-spoke wheel – Giulia, Giulia Sport and Giulia Ti
Lipari Gray Metallic (paint color) – Giulia and Giulia Ti
Imola Titanium Metallic (paint color) – Giulia and Giulia Ti
Ice/Ice interior – Giulia, Giulia Sport and Giulia Ti
Premium alarm system – all Giulia trims
Heated rear seats – all Giulia trims
Giulia and Giulia Ti: Dark miron V scudetto grille, dark miron mirror caps, dark headlamps bezels, black window surrounds, dark exhaust tips, dark miron badges, monochromatic wheel caps, colored brake calipers (Red, Black or Yellow) and Dark 5-hole aluminum wheels
Giulia Sport or Giulia Ti Sport: Dark miron V scudetto grille, dark miron mirror caps, dark headlamps bezels, dark exhaust tips, dark miron badges, monochromatic wheel caps and Dark 5-hole aluminum wheels
Giulia Quadrifoglio: Dark miron V scudetto grille, dark miron mirror caps, dark miron badges (must have Dark Tecnico or Dark 5-hole aluminum wheels)
Ti Sport Carbon (Giulia Ti Sport):
Includes 19-in Dark 5-Hole aluminum wheels, carbon fiber V scudetto grille, carbon fiber mirror caps, carbon fiber side skirts, dark exhaust tips, dark miron badges, dark headlamps bezels, monochromatic wheel center caps, leather-wrapped dash and upper door trim with accent stitching, carbon fiber interior accents, carbon fiber illuminated door sills
Exterior Carbon Fiber Package (Giulia Quadrifoglio):
Carbon fiber V scudetto grille, carbon fiber mirror caps, dark miron Giulia badge (must have Dark Tecnico or Dark 5-hole aluminum wheels)
• All Giulia’s come equipped with standard leather seating, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, passive entry, remote start, bi-xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights and LED taillights, DNA Drive Mode selector and back-up camera with rear park sensors
• Giulia and Giulia Ti feature an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbocharged engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to launch from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 5.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 149 mph
• All Giulia sedans feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, with available column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, that is designed for enthusiasts and shifts in less than 100 milliseconds
• The Ferrari-derived, 505-horsepower V-6 twin-turbocharged engine in the Giulia Quadrifoglio achieves 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph
• Giulia Quadrifoglio features a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of approximately seven pounds per horsepower and the most direct steering available, thanks to an all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture with extensive use of lightweight materials
• Giulia Quadrifoglio features distinct styling and the most powerful production Alfa Romeo engine ever developed with a 505-hp 2.9L twin-turbocharged intercooled V-6, carbon fiber hood, roof and rear spoiler; adaptive performance suspension; DNA Pro with Race Mode; torque vectoring; carbon fiber active aero front splitter; Harmon Kardon Premium Audio System; carbon fiber interior trim; full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus; 3D Navigation; and much more
For 2019, the Alfa Romeo full lineup includes the Stelvio, the 4C and 4C Spyder, and the Giulia. The Giulia line consists of six models: Giulia, Sport, Ti, Ti Sport, Ti Lusso, and Quadrifoglio (all wheel drive). There are 14 exterior color choices, and 10 possible interior color combinations.
Pricing starts at $38,545. Fuel Economy estimates range from 24-mpg to 33-mpg. Standard Factory Warranty: 48-mos / 50,000 miles.