Gorgeous exterior; potent engine choices; impressive road manners; insanely precise steering; supportive seats; excellent crash test scores
Some generic interior bits; no hybrid or diesel offering; unknown reliability and resale; B-pillar blocks side vision; a bit more expensive than rival cars
For 2018, the Giulia gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as some significant upgrades to the base model's interior. The Quadrifoglio gains a 900-watt, 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and forward-collision plus driver assist as standard equipment, both of which are optional on the base and Ti. Last year's Sport and Lusso packages are transformed into their own models, expanding the total Giulia lineup to six vehicles.
From an enthusiast's standpoint, the sweet spot in the Giulia lineup is the Ti Sport with a few options packages added on for good measure. As the Giulia is powered by its rear wheels, the all-wheel drive option is recommended for those in snowy climes. Even if you can't afford the $75,000 Quadrifoglio, ask you dealer to let you take one for a test drive. You may end up taking out a second mortgage to make the payments, but you'll never regret it.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia for 2018 is offered in six trims: Base, Sport, Ti, Ti Lusso, Ti Sport and Quadrifoglio. All but the V6-powered Quadrifoglio offer the option off all-wheel drive.
The base Giulia ($38,990, RWD; $40,990, AWD) comes with a sport suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, Brembo front disc brakes, bi-xenon headlights, power heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, rear fog lights, leather seating, 6-way power driver's and passenger seats with 4-way power lumbar support, 6.5-in infotainment audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control and rear seat vents. Also standard are passive entry with Keyless Go, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a rear backup camera, rear parking sensors and hill-start assist.
The Giulia Sport ($40,240, RWD;$42,240, AWD) adds 18-in wheels, a choice of brake caliper colors, sport front fascia, a rear diffuser and gloss black window surrounds.
The Giulia Ti ($40,990, RWD; $42,990, AWD) brings 18-in polished aluminum wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated washer nozzles, front parking sensors and an 8-speaker audio setup with an 8.8-in touchscreen plus SiriusXM satellite radio.
The Giulia Ti Sport ($43,490, RWD; $45,490, AWD) adds 19-in alloy wheels with black brake calipers, sport leather seats and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The Giulia Ti Lusso ($43,490, RWD; $45,490, AWD) adds 18-in Lusso aluminum wheels, luxury leather seating with Cannellioni Design, a leather-wrapped dash and upper door trim and a choice of Light Walnut or Dark Grey Oak interior trim.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio ($75,095) brings a more powerful twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a carbon fiber front spoiler with active splitter, high-performance HID headlights, 19-in alloy wheels, active suspension, Forward-Collision Warning Plus, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Brembo performance 4-wheel disc brakes, quad chrome exhaust tips, a torque vectoring differential, headlight washers plus carbon fiber roof, hood, rear spoiler and interior trim. Other features include DNA Pro Drive Mode selector, 14-way power sport front seats with power front bolster, 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio, navigation and a 200-mph speedometer.
Popular equipment packages are available on most models, including the base car. They include the Cold Weather Package (heated front seats, heated steering wheel and heated washer nozzles), Driver Assist Dynamic Plus Package (adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam assist, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking) and the 8.8-in navigation audio system. The Ti performance package adds adaptive suspension, paddle shifters and a limited-slip differential.
Standalone options include the Harman Kardon audio upgrade, dual-pane sunroof, Forward-Collision Warning Plus and range of wheel and paint color upgrades.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2018 Audi A4 -- Although it's not as powerful as the Giulia and is pulled by its front wheels, the A4 is nevertheless a formidable performance sedan. We also think the Audi's interior is more upscale with better quality materials, but its exterior styling is rather conservative.
2018 BMW 3 Series -- The 3 Series is every bit the Giulia's performance equal, but it can get expensive as the options are added on. The 3 Series, however, has a long service and resale history that the Giulia can't match. It also offers a diesel model.
2018 Infiniti Q50 -- Infiniti's sporty Q50 sedan has a shapely body, impressive handling and a lower base price. Its twin-turbocharged V6 produces more horsepower than Giulia's standard engine, although the 400-hp Red Sport falls about 105 horses short of the Quadrifoglio.
Used BMW M3 -- Pick up a used 2015-2017 BMW M3 and you'll find a performance sedan that can run circles around almost everything in its price range, yet still hold its value better than most.