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Alfa Romeo Giulia

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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.

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


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: June 2016

98%

ADULT OCCUPANT

81%

CHILD OCCUPANT

69%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

60%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Giulia is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Awards


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

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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