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2018 Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $38,195
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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.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

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.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


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.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


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.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


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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Decades after it left the US market, Italian icon Alfa Romeo returned last year to much fanfare from driving purists eager for the charms of a balanced, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan. The first mainstream member of the brand's reentry, the Giulia sedan, runs the gamut from high-$30,000 sport sedan to $50,000 luxury car to $75,000-plus super sedan.

Best Value

We want nothing more than to suggest the high-performance, 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio is the best value in the Giulia range, but with a starting price of $75,295 (including a hefty $1,595 destination charge), we just can't. Nor do we suggest grabbing the non-Ti base model, owing to not only its lack of standard equipment but its lack of upgrades.

Instead, the sweet spot is the Ti. Grab the Sport Package, because this is an Alfa Romeo and optioning it as a luxury car is a waste of its talents. It's only a $2,500 addition but adds 19-inch wheels in Alfa's awesome five-hole design, as well as more stylish front and rear fascias, super-supportive front seats, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, and the best paddle shifters in the business.

The Driver Assistance Static Package is an affordably priced upgrade at $650, adding blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and auto-dimming rearview mirrors. Enthusiasts should grab the $1,200 Ti Sport Performance Package for its adaptive suspension and mechanical limited-slip differential, but the average consumer won't notice the difference.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, but customers that live somewhere that gets regular snow will want to consider the $2,000 all-wheel-drive system.

Here's how we'd configure our Giulia.

  • Model: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti
  • Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 280 hp / 306 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 24 City / 33 Hwy
  • Options: Sport Package ($2,500, paddle shifters, sport seats, sport steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, sport front and rear fascias), Driver Assistance Static Package ($650, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and auto-dimming mirrors), navigation ($950)
  • Base Price:$42,140 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$45,290


Alfa Romeo Giulia

How does the Giulia perform? In a word, it's stunning. That's true of both the base four-cylinder car and the high-performance Quadrifoglio. Both cars share super-fast steering racks, amplifying even tiny inputs to give the Giulia a darty, sharp handling character. Firm suspensions and stellar tuning mean feedback both through the chassis and the steering is among the best in the class.

While Alfa Romeo builds the Giulia with both a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, only the auto is available in the US. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because the eight-speed is one of the brilliant German-built units used not only by Fiat Chrysler, but by BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, and a host of other high-end automakers. It's excellent.

In manual mode, there are fast, aggressive upshifts and downshifts. But leave the Giulia in automatic, and it's a calm, intelligent transmission that matches throttle inputs well and does a good job of blending into the background. This is true with both the four- and six-cylinder model.

But the heart of the Giulia is its two engine options. The base four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged unit, is smooth and capable. Low-end torque is impressive, and the engine pulls hard all the way up to the redline. It sounds good too, lacking the buzzy nature of some of its rivals while still offering more presence. It's a very likable engine and is one we can't wait to see FCA use in other vehicles (a version of this engine is already slated for the new Wrangler and the updated Cherokee).

The Quadrifoglio's engine is an entirely different beast. Essentially a Ferrari California T's 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that's had a pair of its cylinders cleaved off, this 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 generates 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That's only slightly less than the 552 ponies from the Ferrari unit this engine is based on. Unsurprisingly, its performance is blistering.

Remarkably powerful and willing to rev, there's never a shortage of power from the V6. Drive it properly, and the 2.9-liter can move the Giulia Quadrifoglio from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. It sounds great, too, with a bellicose exhaust note that stands apart from the muscular V8s favored by Mercedes-Benz and the straight-sixes from BMW.

That said, the 2.9-liter isn't for the faint of heart. Its power is occasionally difficult to manage, particularly if drivers don't take the time to warm up the rear tires – unlike the four-cylinder Giulia, the Quadrifoglio is only available with rear-wheel drive.

Shortcomings are few but aren't easy to ignore. The biggest problem the Giulia faces is its all-electric brake pedal. It's great for aggressive driving, but around town, the pedal is maddeningly vague and hard to modulate. The line between smooth stop and neck-jerking brake at low speeds is remarkably thin, although the pedal is better at freeway speeds.

The ride can also get too firm, specifically on the Quadrifoglio. We spent a lot of our time behind the wheel with the adaptive suspension in its softer setting, simply because the default was too firm. Wind and tire roar – the latter was a particular issue in the Quadrifoglio, with its takes-no-prisoners tires – are also constant. We'd advise avoiding the optional panoramic sunroof and going for smaller wheels if you're looking for more refinement from this Italian.


The Giulia is lovely from every angle. Its iconic triangular grille and aggressive headlights present an attractive face, while the subtle styling touches in its profile and a long-hood, short-deck layout emphasize its sportiness. Go for the Quadrifoglio, and you'll get a more aggressive body kit, larger wheels, a pair of hood vents, an almost-silly quad-tipped exhaust system, and a prominent rear diffuser.

The cabin is more of a mixed bag, though. The layout is wonderfully functional – we dig the steering-wheel-mounted start button and the flat-bottomed wheel itself, while the available column-mounted paddle shifters are among the best on the market. Unlike wheel-mounted paddles, these real metal units stay put when turning the wheel, so upshift is always on the right and downshift is always on the left. They're huge, beautiful to look at, and have a perfect action.

But some disappointing plastics, both at and below eye level, hurt the experience. Consider grabbing the optional leather-wrapped dash, which hides some of the more offensive materials. It can't do anything for the cheap uppers on the door panels, though.

The front seats are very supportive, although we're leaning toward the snugger seats available as part of the Sport Package than the nicer upholstery of the Lusso models. The bolsters are big and keep both front and back seat passengers in place. Unsurprisingly, it's easy to settle into a comfortable driving position, while sightlines fore, aft, and laterally are impressive. The second row isn't quite so nice. Legroom is tight and the seats themselves aren't all that comfortable.

The infotainment system is also a pain in the neck. Unlike the rest of Fiat Chrysler's products, which use a fantastic Uconnect system, Alfa Romeo gets its own setup on a horizontally-oriented 8.8-inch display (a smaller 6.8-inch unit is available, although we haven't been able to sample it yet). The non-touchscreen display operates via a left-to-right menu system and a large, flimsy feeling dial. Flanked by a pair of buttons that allow quick access to the main menu, it's a difficult and unintuitive system that's also occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

The Best and Worst Things

The Giulia's steering and general handling demeanor is just so perfectly tuned in for driving pleasure that it's hard to get out of this car without a smile on your face.

While we didn't experience any issues during our loans, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the widespread reliability issues that have impacted other members of the media while testing the new Giulia. These are new cars, and issues are expected, but multiple outlets have reported problems with their test vehicles, including CarsDirect's sister site, Motor Authority.

Right For? Wrong For?

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Driving enthusiasts should crave the Alfa Romeo driving experience. Put the Giulia toe to toe with any other vehicle in its segment, and it will almost certainly deliver a superior driving experience.

The Giulia has too much wind and tire noise and lacks the solid construction demanded by today's luxury shoppers.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a sports sedan without compromise, delivering a charming driving experience at both ends of its nearly $40,000 price delta. But that uncompromising nature means it struggles with its luxury aspirations, making it a vehicle that requires careful consideration among today's shoppers. If driving fun is your number one priority, though, there's no better option around.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 280 HP / 306 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 33 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 280 HP / 306 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 33 / 28 Mpg
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
15.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
95 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.5 "
Exterior Width
73.7 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
38.6 "
Rear Headroom
37.6 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,521 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
8 / 15 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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