Alfa Romeo Giulia Review 2022
Alfa Romeo Giulia At A Glance
More likely to attract admiring glances than a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4, even the diesel is good to drive.
Interior feels cheap.
Insurance Groups are between 22–46
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure
With an emphasis on driving fun, the Giulia has a firmer ride than many of its key contenders that appeals, but the cabin quality is not up to the same standard as its Teutonic rivals. It’s also let down by details such as the mediocre infotainment system.
It’s a strong effort though thanks to the Giulia’s undeniably good looks and a range of engines that appeals from everyone from company car high-miler to out-and-out performance fans.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia certainly looks the part. It's aggressive, sleek and distinctive. What's more, on paper at least, there is a Giulia for everyone, with the range encompassing everything from efficient diesels to supercar munching V6 petrols.
As you might expect, the diesels will dominate the sales, with the majority of Giulias being aimed at fleets and family buyers.
Like all rear-wheel drive Alfas, the Giulia is very much geared towards driving pleasure, with firm suspension, responsive steering and a torque packed engine. The four-cylinder unit is all-new and produces a considerable 450Nm from 1750rpm.
Claimed economy is impressive - which is good news for company car drivers. Officially, the diesel Giulia will return more than 65mpg which is on par with its rivals. All 2.2 diesels get an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as standard, which delivers power to the rear-wheels with smooth precision, making it easy to take advantage of the Giulia's grippy and balanced chassis.
The fit and finish of the cabin isn't as good as German rivals, but it's an improvement over previous Alfa Romeos.
The infotainment isn't anywhere near as advanced as those found in a BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz. A 6.5-inch screen is mounted in the dash and, while it is clear enough to read on the go, the graphics look blocky and dated. We'd fork out the extra £300 required for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a way of avoiding Alfa's own infotainment system.
Space is reasonable, with enough room for four adults at a push. The boot's good, with 480 litres - although a shallow boot opening can make fitting bulky items in tricky and only the higher-spec models get drop-down rear seats.
That's not to say you should dismiss the Alfa Romeo Giulia outright. It has some very likeable traits that make it a genuine alternative to the mainstay of otherwise bland looking upmarket saloons. We should also point out that the Giulia boasts superb handling.
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On the inside of an Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Practicality
Adjusting the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s driving position is easy, though some may find it places them too low in the car. However, there are various cubby holes for storage, although the glovebox is unusually small.
You could stick a Fiat badge on the Giulia's steering wheel and no one would bat an eyelid. It does feel a bit more special than other Alfa Romeos, but it's still nowhere near the standards set by Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Minor details like the rotary control for navigating the infotainment feels flimsy and light, as does the volume control.
Once inside, the Giulia provides enough space for two adults. The boot offers a decent 480-litres, but you have to pay extra for split and fold rear seats.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Quality and finish
This was an area where the Alfa Romeo Giulia fell seriously behind its rivals until a facelift and update in late 2019. Even then, it was more a case of getting up to par for the class rather than striding ahead of the competition.
One of the main areas to be improved was the upgrade to an 8.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment that is easier to use and personalise. Just as importantly, almost anywhere your hands or fingers come into contact with the Giulia now feel more substantial and sorted. This is exemplified by the leather-bound lever for the eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Infotainment
Alfa Romeo made a huge improvement to the Giulia’s infotainment with an upgrade in 2019. Before that, you were saddled with a screen that was not as intuitive as its rivals and did not have a touchscreen. Now, the Giulia has an 8.8-inch touchscreen that can be paired quickly with your smartphone through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Alfa has also fitted a 7-inch TFT screen in the centre of the main instrument binnacle. It provides a variety of displays for information such as sat-nav instruction, journey information and speed. This is operated from steering wheel buttons and is as easy to use as any we’ve tried.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Prices
Alfa Romeo offers the expected personal contract hire and contract plans for those who want a new Giulia. With a contract hire agreement, for example, a deposit of around £2800 for a 2.0 Turbo 200PS Sprint model will mean 48 monthly payments of £479.
Alternatively, Alfa’s personal contract plan demands a much higher deposit of around £7600 but comes with lower monthly payments of £429 over 48 months. Alfa regularly offers a contribution towards the deposit on these deals to make them more affordable and you also have the option with this deal to buy the car outright at the end of the contract.
A four-year old Alfa Romeo Giulia with around 40,000 miles under its front bumper will cost from around £16,000. This will get you a diesel or petrol version in Super trim and with a full service history. If you choose to buy from a franchised Alfa dealer, it will be a little more expensive, probably around £1000 higher, but you have the peace of mind of a used warranty.
Take a nearly new or pre-registered Giulia and there are some good savings to be had. If you don’t mind a car with 1000 miles on it and one previous owner in the logbook, you could be looking at saving £9000 on a turbodiesel 2.2 TD 190 Speciale. For a petrol-powered Giulia, there are also generous economies of £7500 on a 2.0 TB Nero Edizione.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Running Costs
The best the petrol range can muster is an official combined consumption of 36.2mpg for the 200PS unit. The 280PS version of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol registers 33.6. Real MPG figures suggest the 200PS can get close to its claimed figure but the 280PS unit is closer to 30mpg. For the diesels, the 160PS engine has claims 53.3mpg and the 190PS is 1mpg behind.
The entry-point Alfa Romeo Giulia Super comes with the lowest insurance rating of group 22. This is the for the 2.2-litre turbodiesel model, while the 200PS petrol version sits in group 24 rating.
The roles are reversed for the higher powered versions of these two engine types, with the 280PS turbo petrol Veloce model sitting in group 25. Take the 190PS diesel Speciale and it falls into group 29. As for the Veloce Ti petrol, it’s in group 36, while the GTA resides all the way up in the heady heights of group 46.
Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA buyers need to be prepared for a first-year VED payment of £1850. For the more modestly priced 280PS Veloce models, you’ll pay £1305. Take the 200PS petrol model and VED is the same. For more affordable rates, the 190PS diesel comes in at £870 for the first year’s road tax, but only the 160PS model gets close to being easy on the wallet with its £540 bill.
Real MPG average for a Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Driving Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Handling and ride quality
Even the diesel models have a degree of fun. Every Giulia has three different drive modes: D, N and A - Dynamic, Natural and Advanced efficiency.
Most Giulia buyers will care more about how well it cruises on the motorway than how well it tackles a race track, and it does that with minimum fuss. Broken road surfaces pose no issue for the suspension, although the low seating position can hamper visibility when manoeuvring around town.
The Giulia does a sound job of driving with a high degree of comfort and refinement while also providing the handling and steering enjoyment the Alfa badge promises. The only problem the Giulia has is the BMW 3 Series does all of this better. Mind you, take the GTA and very little will get close in a straight line or through the bends where it excels.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Engines
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA has a 510PS 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol motor. It’s a jewel of an engine if you can afford the asking price, insurance and fuel bills.
For everyone else, the choice is between a 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 2.2-litre turbodiesel. If you can’t stretch to the GTA, the 280PS 2.0-litre petrol in the Veloce Ti is a good second choice thanks its rev-happy nature and 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. More likely is you’ll look to the 200PS version of the petrol engine, which is still no slouch as it can cover off 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds.
The 2.2-litre diesel comes in 160- and 190PS forms. On the road, both have lots of low rev shove so you can be as lazy as you like. Better still, on the motorway, these diesels are in their element with plenty in reserve if it’s needed.
Alfa Romeo Giulia 2022: Safety
Alfa Romeo scored 98 per cent score for adult occupancy safety for the Giulia in Euro NCAP tests. It also rated 81 per cent for child safety and earned an overall five-star award.
Every Giulia comes with twin front, side and curtain airbags, as well as Isofix child seat mounts in the back seats. There’s also autonomous emergency braking and a lane keeping assistance function.
Only the Nero Edizione gets Active Cruise Control as standard. There is Driver Assistance Pack Plus that comes with rear-view camera, all-round parking sensors, Blind Spot Detection, rear traffic alert and automatic high beam assist for the headlights. If your budget cannot cover this, there is also the Driver Assistance that comes with just the rear-view camera and parking sensors.
|2.0 T 200||42–48 mpg||6.6 s||138–184 g/km|
|2.0 T 280||41 mpg||5.7 s||141–160 g/km|
|2.2 D 150||67 mpg||8.2 s||109 g/km|
|2.2 D 160||58 mpg||8.2 s||129 g/km|
|2.2 D 180||67 mpg||7.1 s||109 g/km|
|2.2 D 190||58 mpg||7.1–7.2 s||129–143 g/km|
|2.9 BiTurbo GTA||-||4.2 s||-|
|2.9 BiTurbo GTAm||-||4.2 s||-|
|2.9 BiTurbo Quadrifoglio||31–34 mpg||3.9 s||189–212 g/km|
Alfa Romeo Giulia Models and Specs
The Super has 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, and LED rear lights. You also get Alfa’s DNA driving modes, cruise control, and rear parking sensors. Inside, there’s climate control, cloth upholstery, leather-bound steering wheel, and the Alfa Connect 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, eight speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Nero Edizione adds 18-inch wheels, active cruise control, headlight washers and adaptive headlamps.
The Speciale has Bi-Xenon headlights, rear privacy glass, electrically folding door mirrors, sports bumpers and a rear diffuser for a sporty appearance. The interior has electrically adjusted and heated front sports seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel.
The Veloce model adds aluminium paddle shifters for the gearbox mounted behind the steering wheel and the Convenience Pack with keyless entry, front parking sensors, headlamp washers, driver’s side dash storage and upgraded braking system. The Veloce Ti gets 19-inch alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and carbon fibre-effect grille and door mirror caps. The heated seats have eight-way electric adjustment and are trimmed in Quadrifoglio leather and Alcantara.
|Kerb Weight||1429–1620 kg|
|Boot Space||480 L|
|Road Tax Bands||B–K|
|Official MPG||30.7–67.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
|2.0 Turbo 200hp Super Auto 4dr||£32,490||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 Turbo 280hp Veloce Auto 4dr||£38,975||40.9 mpg||5.7 s|
|2.0 Turbo 280hp Veloce Ti Auto 4dr||£45,500||40.9 mpg||5.7 s|
|2.2D Turbo 160hp Super Auto 4dr||£33,140||57.7 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.9 BiTurbo V6 510 Quadrifoglio Auto 4dr||£62,500||30.7 mpg||3.9 s|
|GTA BiTurbo V6 540 Auto Start/Stop 4dr||-||-||4.2 s|
|GTAm BiTurbo V6 540 Auto Start/Stop 4dr||-||-||4.2 s|
|Lusso Ti 200 Auto Start/Stop 4dr||£39,995||-||6.6 s|
|Lusso Ti JTDM-2 190 Auto Start/Stop 4dr||£41,165||-||7.2 s|
|Sprint 200 Auto Start/Stop 4dr||£37,995||-||6.6 s|
|Sprint JTDM-2 190 Auto Start/Stop 4dr||£39,165||-||7.2 s|
On sale until August 2020
|2.0 Turbo 200hp Nero Edizione Auto 4dr||£34,990||44.8 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 Turbo 200hp Super Lusso Auto 4dr||£35,240||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 Turbo 280hp Veloce Lusso Auto 4dr||£40,825||40.9 mpg||5.7 s|
|2.2D Turbo 160hp Super Lusso Auto 4dr||£35,890||57.7 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.2D Turbo 190hp Speciale Auto 4dr||£36,990||57.7 mpg||7.1 s|
|2.9 BiTurbo V6 510 Quadrifoglio Nring Auto 4dr||£82,500||30.7 mpg||3.9 s|
On sale until November 2018
|2.0 Turbo 200hp Auto 4dr||£29,880||47.9 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 150hp Tecnica Auto 4dr||£31,060||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Tecnica Auto 4dr||£32,260||67.3 mpg||-|
On sale until October 2018
|2.2JTDM-2 150hp Super Auto 4dr||£32,140||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 150hp Super Lusso Auto 4dr||£36,315||67.3 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Speciale Auto 4dr||£35,540||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Super Auto 4dr||£33,340||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Super Lusso Auto 4dr||£37,515||67.3 mpg||7.1 s|
On sale until April 2017
|2.0 Turbo 200hp Auto 4dr||£29,480||47.9 mpg||-|
|2.0 Turbo 200hp Super Auto 4dr||£31,180||47.9 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 150hp Super Auto 4dr||£31,650||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 150hp Tecnica Auto 4dr||£31,895||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Speciale Auto 4dr||£35,050||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Super Auto 4dr||£32,850||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.2JTDM-2 180hp Tecnica Auto 4dr||£33,095||67.3 mpg||-|
|2.9 BiTurbo V6 510 Quadrifoglio Auto 4dr||£61,000||34.4 mpg||-|
- Five star Euro NCAP rating. 98% adult occupant safety, 81% child occupant safety, 69% pedestrian safety, 60% safety assist.
Great to look and good to drive, the Giulia also has a comfy, stylish cabin.
- Some will find the driving position too low-slung and the ride errs on the firm side.
What to watch out for
Numerous issues reported with March 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 200 Auto since September 2017: to dealer for software updates, then oil light came on during a long run. Dealer drained the oil and re-filled with right amount but light remained on, so dealer has ordered new part. Suspect Oil level rose because DPF was not regenerating properly. Latest problem is that parking brake will not release. (Think same car as 11-8-17).25-06-2018:
Report of Alfa Guilia diesel engine running at more than 800 revs foot-off, coupled with rough running. Dealer reported: " We have successfully installed the new injector on cylinder No.2. We have carried out a road test and the rough running is still present. The technical case is still on going. As the injector did not cure the issue, the diagnosis will not be complete once we fit the high pressure pipe. I need my Technician to confirm if the vehicle is safe to drive once we install the pipe. I hope to have some news soon with regards to curing the rough running issue. We have been in touch with Alfa Technical who are providing assistance with rectifying the rough running issue. We have checked for any fault codes, none were found. We checked the parameters and your vehicle looks to have recently carried out a DPF regeneration, which could be a cause for the rough running. After further investigation, the technician identified an issue with injector no. 2. We are going to replace the injector and the pipes. All the pipes are here except the high pressure pipe. New pipes will need to be fitted before we can release the vehicle as the high pressure pipe may leak after it has been disturbed. Replacing the pipes is a standard practice for this repair." We wondered if the owner had been attempting to run it on cheap ordinary diesel instead of Super.28-08-2018:
Report of series of catastrophes with May 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, bought from Mangoletsi of Knutsford, but serviced and repaired by WLMG in Reading. from beginning the car had a "terrible brake squeal and rumble". WLMG agreed that it was not correct and discussed with Alfa Romeo in Italy who confirmed it was a known problem and were waiting for a ‘fix' to become available. The car was off the road for 4 days for this investigation. The noise continued and despite several enquiries to the dealer no updates were forthcoming. In December 2017 the near-side front headlamp dismantled itself internally leaving it permanently on High Beam and making the vehicle unuseable until it was fixed. Alfa Romeo was restructuring its parts supply chain so owner without the vehicle for 3 weeks. Courtesy car provided. Owner again reminded dealewr about brake noise. Car then suffered an electrical glitch that stopped wipers and washers and various functions from operating. WLMG was able to re-flash the software and all was ok again. At first service in April 2018 owner again I brought up the brake noise issue. WLMG requested the car for 2 days to investigate again and provided a FIAT 500 courtesy car, but owner did not get the Giulia back for 5 weeks later. All 4 brakes were re-assembled and a convoluted brake bedding in procedure was done. Then in July 2018 owner returned to the car at a Heathrow carpark to find it with the boot wide open, all doors unlocked and the windows down - at 11.30 at night. Owner tried to use the key fob to reset the alarms and locks, etc. This all worked ok and the car started but the lights went crazy: dash warned that no indicators, driving lights or parking lights were working. Then, after once again resetting using the key fob headlights began to strobe as they switched on an off automatically. Owner again reset and had headlights but no high beam, no indicators or driving lights. Once back home owner locked the car with the key fob and all appeared to be ok but 30 minutes later the alarm went off, the boot had popped open and the windows had again lowered. He had to leave it without being locked or alarm set after getting everything closed again. Next day car recovered to WLMG and the problem investigated. Needed a new wiring harness for both body and engine bay and a new body control module and will be off the road for 5 weeks. Alfa Romeo hired owner an Audi Q5 for the duration. Owner wants Alfa Romeo to either refund or replace the car as it is clearly "not of merchantable quality". Lost 11 weeks of use in 15 months of ownership.04-11-2018:
Report of "overwhelming smell of fumes" getting into cabin of June 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T auto. Took to local dealership, where the mechanic also smelt the fumes, and identified then as transmission fluid fumes. Alfa Romeo authorised them to replace the pollen filter with a new carbon one. The smell is not as strong, but it is still there, when stopping at roundabouts, traffic lights etc. after a longer journey. Two conversations with Alfa Customer Care unhelpful. ZF 8HP auto not normally problematic.03-02-2019:
Two separate reports received the same day that wide front tyres of Giulia 2.0 280PS tend to chunter on full lock, especially when the tyres are cold.03-02-2019:
Report that stop/start battery on Alfa Guilias loses capacity rapidly in low mileage cars (7,000 miles in 18 months) leading to a lot of replacement batteries under warranty. Stocks are not kept in the UK so each new battery has to be individually ordered from Italy and takes 1 - 2 weeks to arrive, but the reason for this is that the battery has been revised and now has a different part number.15-02-2019:
Another report of front tyre chuntering on a 2018 Giulia 2.2 diesel, this time on sensible 17-inch wheels. "Steering is really noisy and juddering/cracking on full and partial lock, which is even worse from cold." Local Alfa dealer says it affects all Guilia and Stelvio and Alfa are aware of it, but state there is nothing wrong with it. and it's just a characteristic.23-02-2019:
Further report of May 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, bought from Mangoletsi of Knutsford, but serviced and repaired by WLMG in Reading (see 28-8-2018). Car was eventually fully rewired but this took 3 months to complete. It was returned and owner ‘negotiated’ an extension to warranty and 2 years free servicing and additionally the supply of an extra set of wheels with winter tyres fitted. All was fine until before Christmas and then more electrical gremlins began: door open warning would pop up, interior lights would switch on when driving down the motorway - loss of all dash illumination etc. This then stopped of its own accord and until 2 weeks ago the car ran ok apart from the A pillar interior trims both falling off because they clearly hadn’t been clipped in properly at the time of the re-wire. Now a total electrical failure has occurred again and it has been off the road 2 weeks and there is still no confirmation of what the cause of the fault is. Owner is using a Volvo V90 hire car. However the 22 weeks this car has been off the road in 21 months of ownership is driving him insane.23-04-2019:
Fault reported with March 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 JTDM-2 180 auto. Three roadside failures. Cause traced to faulty battery. Horn stopped working. It took a week for the dealer to trace the wiring fault. Found out that the auto engine stop had also - er - stopped. Owner hadn't noticed as he routinely turns it off anyway. Engine warning light displayed. Two weeks in dealer workshop revealed failed intake manifold swirl motor. Dealer also undertook a modification on the engine bay wiring as it seems there have been problems with water intrusion. This work has meant engine also has had a new cam belt fitted.23-04-2021:
Problem reported with the rear seat folding mechanism, which fails and locks in place. Only way to release the seat is to break the catch holding it in place and then replace it once the seat has been freed. There is no access to the bolts holding the catch in place unless the seat is folded.15-11-2021:
Owner reports broken wire on the wiring loom. Water has ingressed into the steering rack (A known fault) and corroded it meaning it may need replacing. The Aircon condenser pipe in the cabin has come off / split and water is in the passenger footwell, if I hadn't of noticed it may of damaged the ECU. It many need a new wiring loom.
- June 2015: Alfa Romeo Giulia unveiled
- September 2015: Alfa Giulia launched
- August 2016: Alfa Giulia prices announced
- September 2017: Equipment updates for Giulia
- June 2018: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING introduced
- July 2018: Five year warranty introduced
- October 2018: Giulia Nero Edizione introduced
- November 2019: Alfa Romeo Giulia updated for 2020
- June 2022: Alfa Romeo Giulia Estrema special edition priced from £50,579
Alfa Romeo Giulia unveiled
Under the bonnet, a range of state-of-the-art engines power the new Giulia with a bespoke unit created for the top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio version. Tuned by engineers from a Ferrari background, the flagship V6 turbo petrol powerplant delivers an impressive 510hp and 600Nm torque, propelling the Giulia Quadrifoglio from 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, while also offering NEDC 33mpg combined and 198g/km CO2 thanks to electronically-controlled cylinder deactivation system.
As with all next-generation petrol and diesel engines, this six-cylinder unit is made entirely of lightweight aluminium and will, of course, deliver that distinctive Alfa Romeo sound to complement the performance.
A sophisticated “Alfalink” multilink solution is used for the rear axle, while the front suspension employs a new, double-wishbone set up. Developed exclusively by Alfa Romeo, a new semi-virtual steering axis optimises the filtering effect and guarantees rapid, accurate steering by keeping a constant caster trail in corners. In combination with electronically-controlled adaptive dampers, the always-perfect footprint allows the Giulia to tackle high lateral forces while still ensuring the steering feels direct, natural and instinctive even at very high speeds
The Giulia introduces a double-clutch Torque Vectoring system to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel independently, improving traction in low grip conditions without having to run up against an invasive stability control system. The Integrated Brake System is also being introduced on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia – an innovative electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake for instantaneous brake response and record-breaking stopping distances.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio even has a front Active Aero Splitter to actively manage downforce for higher stability and better cornering grip even at high speed. These state-of-the-art systems are all governed by Chassis Domain Control, the 'brains' of the on-board electronics which has been assigned the specific task of optimising performance and driving pleasure.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia also features a new Alfa DNA system which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient (a new energy-efficiency mode introduced on the Giulia) and, naturally, Racing mode for high performance versions.
Alfa Giulia launched
The rear-wheel drive Giulia effectively replaced the discontinued 159 in the Alfa range and uses an aluminium and carbon fibre construction to cut weight and improve economy.
All Giulia models use a new rear suspension set-up although Alfa Romeo is keen to stress that the Giulia will be comfortable, which means it should be well suited to Britain’s bumpy roads.
Alfa Giulia prices announced
The Alfa Romeo Giulia model range features five trim levels – Giulia, Super, Tecnica, Speciale and the range topping Quadrifoglio – and is available in 13 different exterior colour options. Alfa Romeo Giulia drivers can also choose between four engine variants (two petrol and two diesel), which are all paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
|Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Petrol Turbo 200hp||£29,180|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.0 Petrol Turbo 200hp||£30,880|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.2 JTDM-2 150hp||£30,750|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.2 JTDM-2 180hp||£31,950|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Tecnica 2.2 Turbo Diesel 150hp||£30,995|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Tecnica 2.2 Turbo Diesel 180hp||£32,195|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Speciale 2.2 JTDM-2 180hp||£34,150|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo 510hp||£59,000|
Equipment updates for Giulia
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is available with new optional 18-inch Dual 5-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels on the Super, Tecnica, Speciale and Veloce versions, and new optional 19-inch Dual 5-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels are available exclusively on the Veloce. To further enhance the sports styling, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Super petrol is also available with a dual exhaust for £150. 2.0 Speciale engine, shared with the Stelvio, has 280HP.
From October 2017, Apple Carplay and Android Auto were available as an option across the entire Giulia range, for just £250.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING introduced
It has a 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine with 510PS and torque of 600Nm powering a top speed of 191mph and acceleration from zero to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Priced from £82,500.
Standard equipment on the NRING models includes carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar automatic transmission knob with carbon inserts and leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon inserts.
The front badge and the rearview mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, as are the side skirt inserts. Inside the NRING editions feature tinted windows, Adaptive Cruise Control, the Harman Kardon premium audio package, and AlfaTM Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB.
Five year warranty introduced
Giulia now comes five years/75,000 mile warranty, three years scheduled servicing and five years roadside assistance as standard.
Giulia Nero Edizione introduced
Building on the Super trim this includes dark glossy front grille V-shaped insert on the front, mirror caps and exhaust tips and burnished badges on the rear. Gloss black window surrounds, dark tinted rear windows and xenon headlamps, with adaptive front lights and headlight washers, help distinguish these special editions.
The Giulia is completed by 18-inch Dual 5-spoke dark finish alloy wheels on run flat tyres with monochrome central wheel caps. Inside there are add aluminium kick plates, sports pedals and footrests, with the Giulia also adding 40/20/40 split folding rear seats.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Nero Edizione is available in conjunction with the 2.0-litre 200hp petrol engine and is priced from £34,990 OTR.
Alfa Romeo Giulia updated for 2020
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been updated with an improved interior offering more upmarket materials, an improved infotainment system and added safety systems.
The 8.8-inch central infotainment display is now a touchscreen, featuring widgets that can be dragged and dropped to create a fully customisable homepage. There's also a new 7-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster which is standard across the range.
A new central console provides more accessible storage compartments, as well as the new wireless charger function. The new gear stick is now leather clad while the rotary knob that controls the infotainment system has been updated. The leather steering wheel has also been restyled to accommodate the functions and sensors for the autonomous driving systems.
The new MY2020 Giulia marks the debut of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that enable the vehicles to deliver the highest level of autonomous driving currently legal. Level 2 autonomy is achieved when the driver can leave the car to control the accelerator, brake and steering in specific conditions, via electronic systems that require continual monitoring by the driver, but support them to offer greater comfort on long journeys. In all cases, the driver must be constantly vigilant and always keep his hands on the steering wheel.
The main enabling technologies present on the MY2020 include:
- Lane keeping assist: detects if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane without activation of the indicator and alerts the driver visually and by touch. It actively intervenes to return the vehicle to its lane.
- Active blind spot: monitors the rear blind spots to flag up any approaching vehicles and corrects the steering to avoid a collision if necessary.
- Active cruise control: automatically regulates the vehicle's speed to keep it a safe distance from the vehicles ahead. In cooperation with the road sign recognition system, it allows the speed to be automatically regulated as the speed limits change. The system uses the on-board camera to recognises the road signs and shows them on the display, alerting the driver to the current speed limit. It then advises the driver to adjust the speed to that read by the system, and if the driver agrees, the cruise control will be automatically set to the new speed limits.
- Traffic jam assistant and highway assist: In addition to the Active Cruise Control, these systems also supervise lateral steering. Traffic Jam Assistant keeps the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic and Highway Assist regulates the speed on the basis of the current motorway speed limits.
- Driver attention assist: monitors the driver for drowsiness and alerts them if necessary.
The Giulia range has been restructured, with simplified trim levels. Full specifications will be confirmed but entry-level Super and Lusso Ti featuring silver exterior details and the Sprint and Veloce will offer a sportier look with dark styling. All Giulia models will be complete with the new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, updated interior, bi-xenon headlights, Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility and new trim badging.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is equipped with Alfa Connected Services as standard, to deliver advanced on-board connectivity and a set of services to boost safety and comfort. The full suite of Alfa Connected Services will be expanded to include the following functions in 2020.
The My Assistant function offers an SOS call that enables the occupant to send a request for assistance to a call centre, with the vehicle's position and identification code, by pressing the SOS button or via the mobile app. In the event of an accident, the call goes out automatically. In case of a vehicle breakdown, a call can be sent to the roadside assistance service with the vehicle's coordinates by pressing the Assist button. The My Assistant package also includes a service report, which keeps customers updated on their Alfa Romeo's health via monthly email reports.
My Remote enables remote control of several vehicle functions. Drivers can set speed and area limits as well as check the location of the vehicle and they will receive alerts, via a smartphone or smartwatch, Amazon Alexa or Google Home voice assistance systems, if the set parameters are not complied with.
My Navigation comprises applications for remote search for destination and Points of Interest (POI) and real-time traffic, weather and speed camera alerts. The package also includes the Send & Go service, enabling the driver to send the destination to their navigation straight from their smartphone or the web portal.
Other services to join the suite include My Car, which enables owners to keep their car's health and parameters under constant control, My Wi-Fi, which allows an Internet connection to be shared between up to eight on-board devices, My Theft Assistance, which alerts the owner of any attempt to steal the car, and My Fleet Manager, intended for fleet management.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available to order from early 2020, with deliveries later in the year. Full UK pricing and specification will be announced in due course.
7-1-2020: TomTom announced that its easy-to-use connected navigation has been chosen to feature in the new Alfa Romeo GIULIA MY20 compact saloon and the Alfa Romeo STELVIO MY20 SUV as part of a global deal, that includes China and Japan.
GIULIA and STELVIO drivers will enjoy turn-by-turn navigation, automatic zooming and advanced lane guidance – all enhancing the user experience. In addition, TomTom will provide advanced driver assistance attributes as part of the map content to support GIULIA and STELVIO applications.
The company’s navigation software and maps are complemented by connected services such as TomTom Traffic, Speedcams, Online Search and Routing, Weather, Off Street Parking and Fuel Prices. The system is controlled from an 8.8” widget-driven touchscreen which is fully customizable by the driver. TomTom’s Maps APIs will also be integrated with the vehicle manufacturer’s smartphone app, meaning that drivers can send their destination directly from their smartphone to the car.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Estrema special edition priced from £50,579
Based on the Veloce, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Estrema is fitted with Alfa Synaptic Dynamic Control (SDC) adaptive suspension and a limited slip differential as standard.
Both inside and out, carbon fibre and dark painted elements define the sporty look of the Estrema. The exterior features carbon fibre mirror caps and front ‘V’ grille, dark tone Estrema badging and five-hole, dark painted 19-inch alloy wheels on the Giulia. It is available in a choice of four exterior colours: Alfa red, Alfa white, Vulcano black and Misano blue.
The same sporty look and feel can be found on the interior where carbon fibre accents highlight the cabin, along with Alcantara® and leather seats with red stitching. The red stitching extends to the dashboard, steering wheel and gear knob to further enhance the exclusive and sporty look. A 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system completes the standard specification.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Estrema is equipped with the 2.0-litre turbo 280PS petrol engine.
The Giulia Estrema is available to order now priced from £50,579.