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    2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia OVERVIEW

    The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the storied Italian brand's first real volley in its battle to return to the US market after years of teasing. Originally introduced in 2017 to rave reviews of its driving dynamics and well-deserved criticism of its reliability, this beautiful sedan remains one of the most intriguing offerings in the compact premium sports sedan segment.

    What's New for 2018

    Despite its youth, Alfa Romeo's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is making some welcome additions to the Giulia line. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available on all trim levels, freeing owners of the woeful standard infotainment system. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (marketed as Forward Collision Warning Plus) and a Harmon Kardon audio system are now standard on the range-topping Quadrifoglio – both items remain optional on the base and Ti trims.

    New wheel options and minor packaging changes round out the rest of the updates for 2018.

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    Choosing Your Alfa Romeo Giulia

    Alfa Romeo offers the Giulia with a choice of two powertrains, and a simple look at their outputs should be enough to tell you which you'll want. The base is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque.

    This well-balanced engine can scoot the Giulia and Giulia Ti to 60 miles per hour in a brisk 5.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 149 mph. It's also significantly more potent than the equivalent four-cylinders from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. It's just as thrifty, too, returning 24 miles per gallon in the city, 33 highway, and 27 combined. Adding the optional all-wheel-drive system raises the Giulia's price $2,000 and lowers those figures to 23, 31, and 26, respectively.

    For those that need a bit more velocità, there's the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6. This engine is a gem, producing 505 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque, and blessing the Quadrifoglio – Italian for four-leaf clover – to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. This engine will keep going right up to 191 mph. It also sounds like God's own pit bull under hard throttle, a vicious, enthusiastic exhaust note that bellows at every opportunity.

    Unsurprisingly, that furor doesn't do well at the pumps. The Giulia Quad returns EPA estimates of 17 mpg city, 24 highway, and 20 combined (although if you drive it as Alfa intends, those figures will be far lower) and is only available with rear-wheel drive.

    Both four- and six-cylinder Giulias put their power down through a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Sorry purists, the only way to get a manual Giulia is to cross the pond.

    The Giulia's enthusiastic powertrains are just a gateway drug to Italian driving nirvana. All Giulias feature super-fast, direct steering and firm suspensions – adaptive dampers are available on Ti models with the Sport Package and standard on the Quadrifoglio – that deliver what's arguably the nimblest handling character in the class. The Giulia is a pure joy to fling around. Brembo brakes are standard, although they're electronically controlled, so brake feel isn't great except in aggressive cases.

    The Giulia and Giulia Ti share a few common option packages. A $950 Navigation Package upgrades the standard 8.8-inch infotainment screen with a dedicated navigation option (which is redundant, now that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available), while the $1,500 Driver Assist Dynamic Plus Package adds a slew of active safety systems. Look for adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beams. The 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system rings up at $900, while a panoramic sunroof is a $1,350 option.

    The Giulia is available in three dedicated trim levels.


    Yeah, not much to the trim name, we know. The base Giulia starts at $38,990 (including a $995 destination charge) and comes standard with just enough kit to justify its price. Look for standard xenon headlights with LED running lights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, a 6.5-inch infotainment system with an eight-speaker audio system and two USB outlets, and leather upholstery.

    Supportive 10-way seats help drivers make the best of the Giulia's agility, while the lovely three-spoke, leather-wrapped, tilt-telescopic steering wheel features the push-button starter at the eight o'clock position. Alfa's drive mode selector gives owners access to three different drive settings – Dynamic for sporty conditions, Natural for everyday driving, and Advanced Efficiency for fuel economy (and so named so Alfa Romeo can refer to its system as “DNA”) – via a knob behind the shift lever. The 17-inch standard wheels are the smallest available on the Giulia.

    The biggest upgrade a Giulia buyer can make is to take the base model and attach the $1,250 Sport Package. More stylish 18-inch alloys replace the undersized 17-inch wheels, while painted braked calipers – available in red, black, or yellow – hide behind the larger hoops. We'd also suggest grabbing the $750 Sport Interior Package. Sure, it adds aluminum interior accents, flashier pedals, and a nicer leather-wrapped steering wheel, but the real benefit are the paddle shifters. These large column-mounted – so they don't move with the steering wheel – paddles are plucked straight from the Giulia Quadrifoglio and are arguably the best on the market, offering a lovely action, a substantial feel, and just a taste of Ferrari flair.

    Frankly, it's easy to option out the base Giulia. The 8.8-inch Radio Package adds a larger infotainment system and SiriusXM satellite radio (with a free 12-month subscription), but might not be worth it for the extra $1,900 it adds to the price. Better to spend your money on the $795 Cold Weather Package and the $800 Driver Assist Static with Front Sensors Package. The former adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated windshield washer nozzles, while the latter brings blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

    Get too aggressive with the optional goodies and it might be smarter to just move up to the Giulia Ti.


    It's best to think of the mid-grade Giulia as an intersection in the Alfa Romeo line. Continue straight for the standard Ti, which adds the 8.8-inch infotainment system with SiriusXM satellite radio, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, and Dark Grey Oak wood interior trim for $40,990.

    Turn left and you can grab the Giulia Ti's Lusso – Italian for “luxury” – Package. Priced at $2,500, it represents a rather dramatic departure from the driving-focused features we've seen so far. Grab this pack and get 18-inch Lusso wheels, plusher leather upholstery with a revised seat design, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, and a “luxury” steering wheel. Crema leather serves as a fourth interior color scheme alongside Light Walnut wood trim – these two are no-cost options. The wood is only available with the Black or Crema interior.

    Buying a Giulia for its luxury, though, is a bit like buying eggplant lasagna. It works, but it's not the best way of doing things. Instead, do the smart thing and turn right on the path with the Giulia Ti Sport. For a start, it costs just as much, at $2,500. But you get so much more for your money. Let's start with the 19-inch wheels, which feature Alfa Romeo's iconic five-hole design. There are more aggressive front and rear fascias, even more supportive leather seats, a sport leather steering wheel, and those fantastic paddle shifters.

    Regardless of which path you choose, all versions of the Ti are available with a Ti Performance Package, which adds a mechanical limited-slip differential, adaptive dampers, and paddle shifters. You'll be spending $1,500 for this package on the Ti and Ti Lusso, and $1,200 for the Ti Sport Performance Pack – the price difference is because paddles are standard with the Sport Package.

    If you want a bit of Lusso on your Ti Sport, grab the Ti Leather Package, a $995 option that adds leather trimmings to the dash and instrument cluster. A Ti-spec version of the Driver Assist Static Package is available for $650, $150 less than on the base Giulia, since parking sensors come standard at this point. Upgraded headlights that “look” around turns are a $700 option.

    If you follow the Giulia Ti Sport's path to its ultimate conclusion, you'll end up with the Giulia Quadrifoglio.


    This is what happens when you feed a Giulia Ti Sport just a few too many espressos – the 2.0-liter turbo turns into a 505-hp monster, the arches swell, the front and rear fascias get even angrier, two more exhaust outlets pop up, and the car's already sporting character becomes even more extreme. Put simply, if Ferrari were to build a four-door sedan, it'd be the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Prices start at $74,495.

    Alfa Romeo made a huge range of functional changes in crafting the Quadrifoglio. Carbon fiber features prominently, replacing aluminum in the hood, rocker panels, and roof, and appearing as a subtle lip on the duck-billed spoiler. Carbon fiber trim appears in the cabin, where a set of even more aggressive, 14-way seats is available. If even the upgraded Quad-spec seats aren't good enough, Alfa Romeo will happily sell you a set of un-heated Recaro-branded chairs for $2,750.

    That's only one of the Quadrifoglio's two high-dollar performance options. The other, Brembo-branded carbon-ceramic brakes, ring up at an eye-watering $8,000. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time on the track, where these fade-free stoppers can shine, save your money. Grab the carbon-fiber steering wheel – a $400 option – instead. The only standalone option package is a Quadrifoglio-spec version of the Drive Assist Dynamic Package, which costs $1,200 owing to the range-topping Giulia's standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

    CarsDirect Tip

    Tempting though it may be, the Giulia is a driver's car and works best when optioned with sporty features rather than luxurious ones. Grab a Ti Sport with the Performance Package for under $45,000 and find a twisty road – if that doesn't appeal to you, the best recommendation we can make is to buy a Mercedes-Benz C300 instead.

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