I’m not going to get too excited about it because it’s just another car right? Actually, scrub that, this is not just another car, this is an Alfa and I’m very excited about it because the Giulia is probably the only car right now that I want to run away with to a remote desert island somewhere.
Oh dear, maybe that was a little over the top, even for me – but just remember this is no ordinary ‘Alfa Romeo’.
Right, now I have that out my system I will quickly calm down and resume my normal mode for the rest of the review. But please be aware that I may at some point burst into uncontrollable rants of love and affection for the Giulia at any given time - so please, be on your guard at all times whilst reading on.
Power and Efficiency:
My test car was fitted with a 2,143cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with180HP. Top speed is around 143mph and 0-62 is up in 7.0 sec. Well, now we have that bit out the way – what was the engine actually like I hear you shout? Well, for a diesel, I would give it a big fat YES on all levels. Mainly because the engine pulls really well in any gear thanks to a brilliant 8-speed transmission, which also just happens to offer up maximum torque figure of around 450Nm.
Where the Giulia really shines though is in its ability to return over 60mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km, which is just staggering. The engine also feels alive and posied ready for action - exactly how a proper Alfa should feel.
On the road:
The suspension is set up in such a way that it works in perfect harmony with the chassis to keep the Giulia not only flat into the corners but also controlled enough on the exit, allowing you to really feel how well all those components are working together to assure you of maximum grip at all times. Plus, of course, it also happens to have that all-important Alfa DNA installed at its heart which also spills out by the bucket load.
Design & Technology:
On the inside, the Giulia is exciting and the attention to detail on the interior finish is not only good, it's breathtaking. You know this is a real driver’s car the moment you sit inside. And it’s good to see that Alfa hasn’t forgotten any of that.
The interior seating is well designed and the seats support you firmly. The cabin is also festooned by a decent amount of quality materials that will wear well for many years to come
Legroom in the back is good for all occupants which makes my life travelling with my children a more happy affair - thanks mainly to the amount of space they had between them limiting the moans of ‘he keeps pinching me’. Like I said earlier – the Alfa is a real driver’s car, and the Giulia is actually turning out to be something very special indeed.
Some of the standard equipment includes; 7” TFT colour cluster display, Alfa D.N.A driving mode selector, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, 8 speaker audio system, cruise control, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Integrated Brake System (IBS) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Plus, an engine start button on the steering wheel which is very cool indeed and a nice touch.
To sum up: The Giulia is a great car - and I want one right now. Price: From £32,990 By Anthony Yates