Improved cabin to match its stunning looks and drive. The Alfa Romeo Giulia arrived in the U.S. in 2017 as an alternative to compact German luxury sedans. While it’s always delivered on the road, the Giulia’s interior left a lot to be desired with cheaper materials and a thorn-in-the-side infotainment system.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia looks to assert itself in the class with its upgraded interior materials and all-new infotainment system, featuring a more appropriate standard touchscreen size for the class.
A stunner from all angles. There's no denying the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s beauty. Even if you’re not into bold designs, its brand-loyal styling grabs the eye without being offensive. From its tapered headlights to its V-shaped grille to its sleek curves, this sports sedan stands out in a crowd.
Sportiness also gets a big checkmark in the Quadrifoglio model, which gains a body kit, larger wheels, and cloverleaf fender badges.
The interior mimics the sharp exterior look with a driver-focused dash that boasts a dramatic slope from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side and a center stack that’s angled toward the driver. Continuing its sporty ways is a flat-bottom steering wheel, rounded air vents, and understated color options.
The sporty cabin, while improved over previous model years with upgraded buttons, switches, and materials, is still a touch on the bland side for some buyers.
A true driver’s car. No matter what flavor you pick, the Giulia is a driver’s car, and it starts with the engines residing under its curvy hood.
This lineup starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet. This easily trounces all its European competitors. The BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class come standard with 255-hp turbo four-cylinder engines, while the Audi A4 features a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 188 hp.
You can also sprinkle a little Ferrari in your sports sedan with the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s Maranello-sourced 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This beauty pounds out 505 hp for a 3.6-second 0-60 mph clip.
BMW and Audi have nothing on this Italian sedan with the M340i delivering just 382 hp and the S4 chiming in with a paltry 349 hp. The C-Class, however, is far from shy with a 503-hp V8 that launches it to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
Handling is spot on in every level of the Giulia lineup, but the Quadrifoglio trim is a special breed with its larger Brembo brakes, a torque-vectoring rear differential, performance-tuned active dampers, and 19-inch summer performance tires. Across the board, the Giulia’s quick-reacting steering system is a joy on the track or a back road, but it gets a little twitchy at highway speeds.
Despite being a driver’s car, the Giulia leaves one big void in the space where a manual transmission should be, as it comes standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This transmission is good, but the Giulia could separate itself from the crowd with a row-your-own transmission option.
Plenty of features, but not a value leader. The Giulia starts at $40,640, which is $1,105 less than the 3-Series and $1,755 less than the C-Class. Despite its significantly lower price and superior base performance, the Giulia is far from scant in terms of features.
It comes standard with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
While these features are on par for the class, its standard leather beats the BMW's and Mercedes’ standard leatherette. Also, the 3-Series won't gain standard Android Auto until mid-2020.
Buyers who crave more value will find the A4 stands out next to the Giulia with its lower price and standard 10.1-inch touchscreen and tri-zone climate control.
Final thoughts. Buyers seeking an alternative to the German luxury sedans roaming the Earth will find this in the curvy 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia. Plus, with incredible performance, loads of features, and a hotter performance variant, there are minimal compromises to opting for this Italian alternative.
While the Giulia offers excellent value in its base variant, buyers can find even more bang for their buck in the A4’s lower base price, larger standard touchscreen, and more.
The Giulia is a sports sedan at every level, which can rob its drivability a bit. This is especially true on the highway. Buyers who want a true split personality sedan that’s Hulk-style angry at full throttle but with Bruce Banner-like smarts in normal driving will find a better balance in the 3-Series or C-Class.
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