2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia
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- Highs Supermodel good looks, great driving position, sharp handling.
- Lows Tight rear-seat passenger space, limited cubby storage, ride is sometimes too firm.
- Verdict Like many great things, the Giulia is flawed, but its hot-blooded styling and fun-loving chassis easily outweigh its faults.
Beneath the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia’s seductive sheetmetal lies a sharp-handling sports sedan with Italian heritage. The Giulia is one of our favorite entry-luxury sedans and its driving character is the number one reason why we put it on our Editors ‘Choice list for 2019. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 280 horsepower provides snappy acceleration and sounds great doing it. An eight-speed automatic is standard, as is rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive can be had as option. The cabin is upscale and well appointed, particularly in the upscale Ti Lusso and Ti Sport models; touchscreen infotainment, ambient interior lighting, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a steering-wheel-mounted ignition button are all standard. Want an even more hot-blooded Italian sports sedan? Check out the Giulia’s high-performance Quadrifoglio variant, which we review separately.
What’s New for 2020?
Alfa Romeo has revamped the infotainment system in the Giulia (and its sister, the Stelvio SUV) and has replaced last year’s 6.5 and 8.8-inch non-touchscreen offerings with one, 8.8-inch touchscreen interface that’s standard across the range. All models also receive a new 7.0-inch display between the speedometer and tachometer in the gauge cluster. SiriusXM satellite radio is now standard and several connectivity features are available for 2020 року, including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Alfa is making automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning standard for 2020 and is adding a host of new driver-assistance features as options, including a semi-autonomous driving mode. Interior refinements include a redesigned center console with more storage, a wireless smartphone-charging pad, and more premium knobs and dials. Three new colors are available: Anodized Blue, Lunare White Metallic, and Verde Visconti Metallic.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Since the Giulia’s best trait is its crisp driving dynamics, we’d double down and go with the mid-range Ti model and spec the Performance package, which includes an active suspension and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, both of which elevate the Giulia’s handling performance. The Ti comes standard with leather-upholstered seats with heat and 10-way power adjustments for the driver and front-seat passenger, a heated steering wheel, wood interior trim, aluminum doorsill protectors, 18-inch wheels, and front and rear parking sensors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Giulia’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 280 horsepower, sounds intoxicating, and feels gutsy when driven hard. The Giulia pulls away from stoplights with zeal while singing soaring Italian arias. Our rear-wheel-drive test car’s 5.7-second zero-to-60-mph time and an all-wheel-drive model’s time of 5.5 seconds places the Giulia midpack in its segment in our acceleration testing; the Audi A4 did it in 5.2 seconds and the four-cylinder BMW 330i managed 5.4 seconds despite the fact that both cars have less horsepower than the Alfa. All Giulias come with a drive-mode selector with three unique settings: Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency-cleverly making the acronym DNA-each of which alters the car’s transmission, engine management, and steering feel. Agile and lively at all times, the Giulia is a driving enthusiast’s sports sedan. The front tires are very responsive to driver inputs and speak clearly to the driver through the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Body roll is well controlled, and in hard corners the Giulia remains flat and predictable. It’s easy to drive quickly and aggressively, but it’s equally comfortable when driven sedately.
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia — Luxury Sedan
Comfortable enough for your commute. Powerful enough for the track. Devastatingly beautiful.
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For over 110 years, the guiding principle behind every Alfa Romeo vehicle has been the perfect union of design and performance.
FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS
An Italian sports car with the most powerful standard engine in its class ? Jaw-dropping performance is a foregone conclusion.
Control the power and performance of the Giulia using a simple, devoted instrument. Choose from Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency drive modes using the DNA Drive Mode Selector for an interactive driving experience.
STATE-OF-THE-ART IS OUR STANDARD
You won t find a standard carbon fiber driveshaft in any other sport sedan in its class . In the Giulia it s standard, and it helps the vehicle achieve its Best-in-Class power-to-weight ratio .
The Giulia is well-suited wherever you take it with its near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
GO WHEREVER YOUR ROAD TAKES YOU
Get the power of an All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) sedan. With the traction granted by the available Q4 AWD your Giulia can take you wherever you decide to take it.
TUNED TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE
With the available adaptive suspension you can control the rigidity or softness of the suspension to your liking.
GIULIA NEEDS TO BE EXPERIENCED
Test drive the Giulia either from the comfort of your own home with an at-home test drive or at one of our dealerships.
With all the latest tech amenities available to choose from, the Giulia might just have everything you re looking for in a midsize luxury sedan.
DEFEND YOUR DRIVE: ACTIVE DRIVER ASSISTANCE PACKAGE
In addition to a back up camera, rear park sensors and Forward Collision Warning Plus, the available Active Driver Assistance Package includes semi-autonomous driving technology to help give you more peace of mind every time you drive.
Alfa Romeo GT restomod gets pumped up with Giulia Quadrifoglio engine
If there s one way to improve upon a classic, it s to bring the high-end modern technology of its descendants to a restoration.
Enter this incredible Alfa Romeo GT restomod — the Emilia GT Veloce.
Alfa Romeo GT restomod gets pumped up with Giulia Quadrifoglio engine Back to video
The homage to the iconic coupe, designed and built by German boutique shop Emilia Auto, maintains the original s recognizable interior and exterior elegance while adding significant improvements in performance.
The main «bonus» feature of the Italian replica is under the hood, where the GT Veloce packs a powerplant from the current Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, specifically its 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that pushes out 500 horsepower and and 443 pound-feet of torque. Accompanying the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission featuring all-wheel-drive.
Sitting atop 19-inch wheels, the GT Veloce is also outfitted with improved traction control and Brembo brakes — another gift from the modern Giulia.
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The Veloce GT is built on a new chassis with an integrated steel space frame and roll bar. The windows and roof are near carbon copies of the original, and are actually made with lightweight carbon. A taller hood makes room for the impressive engine, while the rest of the body is fine tuned for optimal aerodynamics.
On the inside, the GT Veloce pays its respect to the +1963 model without changing too much — the classic wood-trimmed steering wheel is still there, for example.
Emilia Auto is selling 22 of these exclusive restomods for a cool 400,000 euros (CDN $ 596,800) apiece.