2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Dramatic styling
  • Upscale, sporty interior
  • Massive power from turbocharged engines
  • Lightweight aluminum body

The Bad

  • High price for initial Quadrifoglio model
  • Frequent introduction date delays

Notable Features of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

  • All-new five-seat Italian sport sedan
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Two turbocharged engines, two transmissions
  • Unique, highly sport-themed interior trim

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Alfa Romeo's U.S. revival continues with its second car, the Giulia. A BMW 3 Series-fighting sedan, the Guilia first appeared in high-performance Quadrifoglio guise last June, but Alfa revealed many more details about the car at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Giulia goes on sale in early 2016. Alfa Romeo is a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand, so the Giulia, like the 4C sports car, will be sold at Alfa dealerships mostly alongside other FCA brands.

Quadrifoglio is Alfa's high-performance division, much like BMW's M or Mercedes' AMG; its insignia is a green four-leaf clover on the Giulia's front fenders.

Built in Italy, the Giulia begins production for North America in spring 2016, which means cars will likely hit dealerships sometime in the summer. The Quadrifoglio model will be first among them with a starting price "around $70,000," FCA says. That's in the neighborhood of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.

Note that much of the equipment below relates to the Giulia Quadrifoglio. FCA has yet to provide equipment or specifications for lower trim levels, but it says a full lineup of Giulia sedans will follow, with available all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder.

ExteriorBuilt off a new rear-drive platform, the Giulia is about the same size as a 3 Series or C-Class. Alfa's signature "Trilobo" face includes the brand's familiar triangle grille flanked by gaping horizontal openings. The Quadrifoglio's unique lo...

Vehicle Overview

Alfa Romeo's U.S. revival continues with its second car, the Giulia. A BMW 3 Series-fighting sedan, the Guilia first appeared in high-performance Quadrifoglio guise last June, but Alfa revealed many more details about the car at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Giulia goes on sale in early 2016. Alfa Romeo is a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand, so the Giulia, like the 4C sports car, will be sold at Alfa dealerships mostly alongside other FCA brands.

Quadrifoglio is Alfa's high-performance division, much like BMW's M or Mercedes' AMG; its insignia is a green four-leaf clover on the Giulia's front fenders.

Built in Italy, the Giulia begins production for North America in spring 2016, which means cars will likely hit dealerships sometime in the summer. The Quadrifoglio model will be first among them with a starting price "around $70,000," FCA says. That's in the neighborhood of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.

Note that much of the equipment below relates to the Giulia Quadrifoglio. FCA has yet to provide equipment or specifications for lower trim levels, but it says a full lineup of Giulia sedans will follow, with available all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder.

ExteriorBuilt off a new rear-drive platform, the Giulia is about the same size as a 3 Series or C-Class. Alfa's signature "Trilobo" face includes the brand's familiar triangle grille flanked by gaping horizontal openings. The Quadrifoglio's unique lower bodywork includes functional air intakes up front, side sills with carbon fiber inserts and quad tailpipes in back. Above them, we see a lot of Acura in the deck lid and taillights, which evokes a TLX or ILX.

The xenon headlights employ LED daytime running lights. FCA says the Quadrifoglio's fenders, doors and chassis components are aluminum, while the driveshaft, hood, roof, rear spoiler and front splitter are carbon fiber. The splitter itself is power adjustable for varying levels of down-force. The weight savings bring curb weight to around 3,500 pounds for the Quadrifoglio, which is about as much as an M3 but more than 400 pounds less than a C63.

Nineteen-inch wheels wear Pirelli high-performance summer tires on the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Among the wheel choices are Alfa Romeo's traditional five-hole design.

InteriorInside, the Giulia's dashboard tucks an 8.8-inch center display under a descending sweep toward the passenger side. It's a lush design that suits a luxury car — and appears to carry little from FCA's parts bin.
The Quadrifoglio's cockpit wraps the armrests, dashboard, doors and center tunnel in leather. The seats themselves have power adjusters, heaters and leather-and-Alcantara upholstery. Racetrack enthusiasts can opt for manual Sparco racing chairs that FCA claims are the lightest seats in the segment.

Twin analog gauges flank a 7-inch center display. The central dash display shows, among other things, various performance statistics. You can control it through a finger pad near the center console. HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a navigation system, SiriusXM radio and two USB outlets are standard on the Quadrifoglio. Harman Kardon premium audio is optional.

Under the HoodBase Giulia models will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 276 horsepower, with rear- or all-wheel drive. FCA says an automatic transmission will be available, though it won't give more specifics. At the other end is the stick-shift Giulia Quadrifoglio, which has a Ferrari-derived, 505-hp, turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6; it blows past 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, FCA says. That's in line with a BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S (both 3.9 seconds, according to their respective automakers).

FCA has yet to announce any engines between the turbocharged 2.0-liter and the 2.9-liter engines. The latter makes 443 pounds-feet of torque from 2,500 to 5,500 rpm, sending it to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and proactive (not brake-based) torque-vectoring differential.
Brembo makes both the Quadrifoglio's standard cast-iron disc brakes (14.2/13.8 inches, front/rear) and optional carbon ceramic discs (a hulking 15.4/14.2 inches, front/rear). Alfa claims a nearly 50/50 percent (front/rear) weight distribution and ultra-direct steering. A drive mode selector adjusts various driving settings, from the torque vectoring and stability control to the stiffness of the adaptive suspension.

SafetyFront and rear park assist, a backup camera and a blind spot warning system are standard on the Quadrifoglio. Lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights and forward collision warning with automatic braking are optional.


2017 Giulia Video

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Latest 2017 Giulia Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Bargain Luxury is fun to drive!

by Pilgrim from Saint Paul, MN on October 15, 2018

Great car, fun to drive, lots of room in the back for the kids. There are very few of these on the road so it turns a lot of heads. Also, the engine is really powerful. Read full review

(5.0)

Superb Performance

by Jonathan from North Las Vegas on September 25, 2018

As far as this car drives, there really isn't a better one in the class, and it looks very, very good. Inside, there are a few annoying hiccups: the 8.8" screen has a tiny image, the media console is ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Giulia received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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