The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: What the critics say
“Every sports sedan should both ride and handle this well.” The Giulia, Alfa Romeo’s first four-door to land in U.S. showrooms in 20 years, “turns into a corner like a mid- engine supercar” yet it’s “never harsh” while carving up a back road. Initially available only in its 505-hp Quadrifoglio edition, the Giulia is just as agile in its $70,000 iteration, due to arrive this spring and built on the same stiff, all-new platform. The Giulia isn’t flawless, but it’s built for driving enthusiasts, and “we love it.”
The Giulia “feels every bit like a sports car first and a sedan second.” In the Quadrifoglio, we found potholes jarring, and the “preternaturally quick” steering demands constant attention. But compared with its German rivals, this Italian contender rates as “perhaps the most driver-centric of the bunch,” and with its Ferrari-sourced V-6 engine, it easily outpaces BMW’s M4 on a track.
The driving experience in the cheaper fourcylinder models is different, not worse, and “far more entertaining” than many buyers will expect. “Good-looking in a purposeful way,” both inside and out, the Giulia doesn’t bother with meaningless flash and won’t be available in the U.S. with a manual transmission. Still, it’s “overflowing with character.” In 2016, “there isn’t anything else quite like it.”