- Rides like a luxury car, handles and steers like a sports car
- Gorgeous Italian styling
- Responsive transmission with big metal paddle shifters
- Touchy, sometimes mushy brakes
- Sport seats can be a little tight
Alfa Romeo Giulia Expert Review
- Redesigned 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- 7.0-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster with new graphics
- Updated interior materials and design
- New available driver assist systems
- Three new colors: Anodized Blue, Lunare White Metallic, and Verde Visconti Metallic
We liked the Giulia enough to give it our top honor: it was our 2018 Car of the Year. It earned high praise from our staff for its heritage-inspired styling, outstanding road manners, and excellent powertrain offerings. The turbo-four in the standard Giulia is a quick, snorty, burbling thing and the twin-turbo V-6 in Quadrifoglio models is a character-filled, rev-happy torque monster.
Standard and Quadrifoglio versions of the Giulia have won countless comparison tests since its release. Even the lower-rung four-cylinder car is a fun, visceral, engaging sports sedan that any of us would be happy to drive every day.
And for a year, we did. A blue, rear-drive, Giulia Ti Sport joined our fleet for 12 months and over 20,000 miles. It reignited enthusiasm for driving at each highway on-ramp and every twisty mountain pass, all while managing to evade its Italian reputation for shoddy reliability. Though not without hiccups, our Giulia was as reliable or more so than the average car in our fleet.
Most Giulia models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Our First Test of a rear-drive 2017 Giulia Ti had the four-cylinder Italian hitting 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and returning RealMPG numbers of 28.2/37.9 mpg city/highway.
The rear-drive-only Giulia Quadrifoglio has a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood making 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is also paired with an eight-speed auto. In our testing, the Quadrifoglio completed its 0-60 run in just 3.9 seconds. It's EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg city/highway.
The Giulia earned Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS upon its release, though new models miss out on the award as the IIHS has recently added new criteria on which the Giulia has not yet been evaluated. It still earns the highest possible scores in crashworthiness and front crash prevention. In order to earn the highest possible headlight rating, 2020 Giulias must be equipped with the High Performance Bi-Xenon Headlamps, which are an optional upgrade on Ti models and standard on the Quadrifoglio.
Alfa Romeo also fleshes out its active safety suite for the 2020 model year. The Driver Assistance Dynamic package, available on the base Giulia, includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. The Active Driver Assistance package on Ti models includes highway assist system, traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control plus, active blind spot assist, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and driver attention alert.
The Giulia has four doors, five seats, and a trunk. It has 42.4 inches of legroom up front, 35.1 inches of legroom in the rear, and 13.4 cubic feet of cargo volume.
The Giulia's 8.8-inch center infotainment screen becomes a touchscreen for the 2020 model year and the 7.0-inch TFT screen in the gauge cluster has a new layout to account for the new driver-assist systems. There are also new connectivity features for 2020 including a Wi-Fi hotspot and over-the-air updates.
The Giulia is offered in three basic trim levels with different equipment packages that modify the Giulia Ti. All Giulia models except the Quadrifoglio are offered in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Base Giulia models come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, eight-speed transmission, Brembo brakes, 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, 7.0-inch color gauge cluster display, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and eight-speaker audio.
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti
Stepping up to the Giulia Ti gets buyers dark gray oak wood trim, aluminum door sill plates, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, and front and rear park-assist sensors. It also makes available numerous option packages that aren't offered on the standard Giulia, including Ti Sport, Ti Sport Carbon, Ti Lusso, Ti Performance, Ti Sport Performance, Ti Leather, and the Active Driver Assistance package.
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The top-spec Giulia Quadrifoglio is equipped as standard with a 505-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, dual-mode quad-tip exhaust, high-performance Brembo brakes, torque-vectoring rear differential, sport-tuned active suspension, carbon fiber roof, 19-inch wheels, rear diffuser, and a unique grille. It also features leather and Alcantara carbon fiber sport seats, 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio with subwoofer, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, upgraded leather interior, black headliner, aluminum sport pedals, column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, and blind-spot monitoring.