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Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

(2016 - present)

    Summary


    The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a premium mid-sized saloon, and the first volume rear-wheel drive Alfa in decades. Launched in 2016, it was developed in a separate facility away from the rest of the Alfa/Fiat family, employing a number of seconded and former Ferrari engineers.

    The Giulia has received many positive reviews from the motoring media in the UK and around the world. From our analysis of UK reviews, it currently holds an overall Expert Rating that is as good as, if not better than, most of its class rivals.

    There is a high-performance model called the Giulia Quadrifoglio. We have a separate page for this car here.

    The Alfa Romeo Giulia has received particular praise (and awards) for its driving dynamics, styling and performance. However, criticisms have been levelled at some of its interior fittings and infotainment system, which lag behind the best rivals in this class. A mid-life update has improved these points, although still not to the levels of the best in its class.

    Alfa Romeo has often been criticised for poor reliability, but multiple UK surveys in recent years show this has clearly changed and the Giulia has proved solid in the four years that it has been on sale. In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Giulia ranked a very creditable 27th.

    Giulia highlights

    • Styling has been almost universally admired
    • Praiseworthy performance and driving dynamics
    • Reliability has proved better than most rivals

    Giulia lowlights

    • Interior quality not to German standards
    • Infotainment system is also sub-par
    • Residual values can’t match best in class

    Key specifications


    Body style: Mid-sized saloon
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £33,595 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2016
    Last updated: Autumn 2019
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: June 2016
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 98%
    Child protection: 81%
    Vulnerable road users: 69%
    Safety assist: 60%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Alfa Romeo Giulia has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the Giulia is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Alfa Romeo Giulia to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Giulia, we’ll publish the score here.

    In owners’ surveys conducted by the likes of What Car? and Which?, the Giulia has scored very well. However, these are not based on verified objective workshop data.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Alfa Romeo Giulia has received

    2022

    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Most Fun Car to Drive

    2019

    • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Ride and Handling Award

    2018

    • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Compact Executive Car of the Year
    • ADI Design Awards – Compasso d’Oro ADI prize

    2017

    • evo Awards – Sports Saloon of the Year
    • Autocar Awards – Game Changer
    • Irish Car of the Year Awards – Best Medium Car

    2016

    • Carbuyer Best Car Awards – Safest New Car
    • Golden Steering Wheel Awards – Most Beautiful Car
    • Fleet World Honours – One to Watch

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    Alfa Romeo GiuliaThe Alfa Romeo Giulia has received many positive reviews from the motoring media, and is a genuine contender for its German rivals.