2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Still The One To Beat?

After its 2020 update, we called the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio a "real M3 beater" and the new benchmark for high-performance compact luxury sedans. Alfa clearly believes that the Giulia Quadrifoglio is fundamentally just right, as the sports sedan moves into 2022 with no major updates. Things can change in a short space of time, though, and the all-new BMW M3 has arrived to reclaim its crown. More than anything, the M3 must try to overcome the fact that the Alfa is one of the most emotionally-charged sedans ever, mixing sweet chassis dynamics with sharp steering and a phenomenal 505-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine that will see the Quadrifoglio reach 60 mph in under four seconds. Add in the Alfa's stunning styling, and it's a formidable package. Yes, it lacks the build integrity of the Germans and the trunk isn't that big, but in the context of what a sports sedan is meant to be, the Alfa's highs far outweigh its few flaws.

2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Changes: 🚙What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

The 2022 Quadrifoglio receives few changes and these have mostly to do with its standard luxury and driver-assistance features. More is added of both, including heated seats front and rear, a wireless charging pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, grocery-bag hooks in the trunk, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning. Several paint colors are discontinued.

Pros and Cons

  • Seductive looks
  • Towering power and acceleration
  • Memorable V6 soundtrack
  • Razor-sharp, communicative steering
  • Comfortable when it needs to be, too
  • Oversteers on demand
  • Sub-par cabin quality
  • No manual gearbox
  • Trunk is on the small side
  • Brakes lack feel

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive

2022 Giulia Quadrifoglio Exterior

While the latest BMW M3 may turn more heads due to the sheer shock factor of its gaping, elongated grille, Alfa Romeo has chosen a different route: it simply designed a sexy, well-proportioned sedan. From the QV's V Scudetto grille to its quad-exit exhaust outlets, it is absolutely gorgeous. The active aerodynamic enhancements extend to a front splitter system with dual electric actuators and a carbon-fiber front chin spoiler, while the hood and roof are also fashioned from carbon fiber. At the back, there is a sporty carbon-fiber spoiler. Standard features include HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa high-performance tires. An exposed carbon-fiber roof is available as an option.

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Like all other Giulias, the Quadrifoglio has a 111-inch wheelbase and a body length of 182.5 inches. The width excluding the mirrors works out to 73.7 inches and the height is 56.1 inches. By comparison, the new BMW M3's dimensions show that it is a full 6.5 inches longer, as well as wider and taller. The Alfa has a curb weight of 3,806 pounds, making it 84 lbs lighter than its arch-rival in comparable automatic Competition guise.

  • Length 182.5 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 56.1 in
  • Max Width 73.7 in
  • Front Width 61.2 in
  • Rear Width 63.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,806.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Alfa Romeo has availed a selection of seven exterior colors for the Giulia Quadrofoglio - down from last year's 12. Only the classic Alfa Rosso (red) goes for $330, with most other colors requiring an extra charge of $660. These metallic hues include Vulcano Black, Vesuvio Gray, and Misano Blue. Silverstone Gray and Montecarlo Blue drop off this list for 2022. Rosso Etna (a deep red) costs $1,200. For $2,200, buyers can choose from either Ocra GT Tri-Coat (ochre) or Verde Montreal Tri-Coat (green). While this car looks sublime in just about any color, our choice would be one of those scorching reds.

  • Alfa Rosso +$330
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$660
  • Vesuvio Gray Metallic +$660
  • Vulcano Black Metallic +$660
  • Rosso Etna, Build Out: 11/18/2021 +$1,200
  • Ocra GT Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Verde Montreal Tri-Coat +$2,200

Giulia Quadrifoglio Performance

The performance potential of the Giulia Quadrifoglio is no secret. Unlike BMW and Mercedes rivals that are offered in various configurations with different outputs, there is just one Quadrifoglio on offer. With that 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 unleashing 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the red-hot Alfa will reach 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and power on to a top speed of 191 mph, making it one of the fastest contenders in its class. That's without the added traction of an all-wheel-drive system, as this Alfa directs its power to the rear axle exclusively. This Italian thoroughbred is not just blindingly quick in a straight line, though, as it achieved a Nürburgring lap time of seven minutes and 32 seconds. Combined with the sedan's superb balance and an intoxicating engine note, it's clear why the Giulia Quadrifoglio has been lauded. Although the base model BMW M3 isn't as quick, the M3 Competition will match the Alfa up to 60 mph according to the German marque's claims. The older Mercedes-AMG C63 S also registers an identical 3.8-second time to 60 mph.

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Engine and Transmission

At the heart of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine generating 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Like its chief rivals, power goes to the rear axle and the V6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. Notably, the new M3 offers a manual transmission but the Alfa does not.

Although throttle response is mediocre lower down, once you get past 3,000 rpm, the Giulia comes alive and will leave most other sedans behind. Although it can effectively potter around town, this car was designed to be driven aggressively. Not only is power delivery explosive once you're on the move, but the gearbox blitzes through its ratios quickly and smoothly. The aluminum paddles not only feel good but respond quickly, too, making manual mode genuinely engaging. Yes, a manual transmission would've been fantastic, but the auto 'box operates effectively whether left to its own devices or not.

  • Engine
    2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Alfa's talents don't begin and end with its powertrain. If you're going to conquer the BMW M3, you'd better engineer a car that knows its way around the twisties, and boy has Alfa Romeo done just that. With its Quadrifoglio-tuned active suspension and ideal weight distribution, the Alfa manages to achieve the best of both worlds. It's sharp without feeling nervous, exciting without being a chore to drive, and comfortable without ever feeling numb. Steering feel and feedback have been intentionally dialed out of many modern sedans, but the Alfa bucks this trend and communicates effectively, never leaving the driver in doubt as to what the front wheels are doing. If you have space to safely execute slides, this can be done so fluidly and with a high degree of control via the throttle. Body control is exceptional, while the four-mode Alfa DNA drive mode selector makes it easy to switch between Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency, and Race modes. When you run out of road or track, the Brembo braking system with six-piston front calipers will bring the sedan to a safe stop, although actual braking feel could be better.

Despite its sensational dynamic abilities, the Giulia proves to be an adept cruiser. Most bumps and surface changes are dispensed with calmly, so you can legitimately undertake long road trips in comfort. This car is a true triumph.

Giulia Quadrifoglio Gas Mileage

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is marginally more efficient than the new M3, returning EPA-rated figures of 17/25/20 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, but that depends on how much you use that V6's performance. By contrast, the BMW manages 16/23/19 mpg. Bettering both is the Mercedes-AMG C63 which can return 17/26/21 mpg. With a 15.3-gallon gas tank, the Alfa's combined cruising range works out to around 306 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 17/25 mpg
* 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio RWD

Giulia Quadrifoglio Interior

Slide into the driver's seat, and a sporty, user-friendly cockpit greets you. Although there are plenty of appealing leather, carbon fiber, and Alcantara surfaces, a side-by-side comparison with the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 demonstrates that the Germans still have the edge in build quality. Still, the Alfa's cabin ticks many of the boxes expected of a premium sedan, while the sporty gauges ahead of the driver do a good job of prioritizing the information that matters most. As the range-topping Giulia, the Quadrifoglio comes with many standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable and heated front and rear seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. The best features are also the most tactile elements though, the steering wheel with a red engine start button and massive, aluminum paddles where many would use cheap imitations.

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Seating and Interior Space

Five occupants can be accommodated in the Giulia's cabin, but the Alfa lacks the spaciousness of some competitors at the back. Here, occupants that are over six feet tall will feel a bit cramped, especially with regards to headroom, although shorter trips should be fine. Ingress and egress are also more challenging at the back due to the smaller door apertures. Things are a lot better in front, where the driver and passenger benefit from 12-way power-adjustable sport seats. These seats boast power lumbar support and power bolsters, offering great support during hard cornering. However, individuals with a bigger frame may feel a bit constricted in these seats, even if the leg and headroom are good.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.4 in
  • Front Head Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.6 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Black leather sport seats come as standard and strike a sporty, high-quality note. Last year's contrast stitching in colors like Dark Gray and Red and other interior color schemes such as Black/Ice and Black/Red have all been dropped. However, for $3,500, you can still specify the optional Sparco leather/Alcantara race seats - but only in Black this year. There are many more welcome touches that elevate the cabin, such as the leather-wrapped upper door panels, the door handles finished in satin aluminum, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, and the Quadrifoglio-specific carbon-fiber steering wheel with perforated leather inserts. Genuine carbon fiber inlays and wonderfully tactile aluminum paddle shifters are included as well.

Giulia Quadrifoglio Trunk and Cargo Space

The Alfa's trunk measures 13 cubic feet, which isn't the biggest, but neither is it a dealbreaker. More troublesome is the design of the trunk itself, which makes loading and unloading items a bit of a chore, especially when reaching in to retrieve items close to the rear seatbacks. A standard 40/20/40-split folding rear seat allows for expanded storage capacity, which is always a bonus. This year, trunk-mounted grocery-bag hooks have been added.

Although there are numerous interior storage solutions, none of them are particularly large. Along with a covered center console, there are two cupholders in front, a front tunnel cargo net, a small glovebox, and door pockets. A wireless charging pad for your phone is an optional extra.

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Giulia Quadrifoglio Infotainment and Features


Starting at nearly $80,000, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is expectedly well-stocked with standard safety and convenience items. The feature count includes dual-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support, a driver's seat memory system, and heated front and rear seats. A prominent red starter button is used for the push-button ignition system, while the trunk has a power release function. Other amenities extend to a heated steering wheel, a digital display within the instrument binnacle, ambient interior lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming interior mirror, an air-quality system, and a 12-volt power outlet. An array of safety technologies comprises front/rear parking sensors, a rearview camera with dynamic gridlines, full-speed forward-collision warning, front and rear park sensors, hill-start assist, adaptive cruise control with stop, and blind-spot monitoring. However, some safety innovations still cost you extra and can be had via the Active Assist Plus Package; among these are driver attention alert, lane-keep assist, active blind-spot assist, and traffic-sign recognition. Due to the Quadrifoglio's carbon-fiber roof, a sunroof isn't available as it is on cheaper Giulia models.


An 8.8-inch touchscreen neatly integrated into the dashboard can be used to access and manage features like the AM/FM radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It comes with both a physical rotary controller and voice recognition, although the latter doesn't function as well as the voice commands found in German rivals. The Alfa also boasts voice-activated navigation, a media hub with USB and auxiliary audio ports, and one rear USB charging port. The standard 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system sounds great if you somehow tire of the V6's tune; this unit includes a subwoofer and 900 watts of punch.

Giulia Quadrifoglio Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power last rated the Giulia Quadrifoglio in 2019. Back then, the sports sedan held a quality and reliability rating of 75 out of 100, which was, unfortunately, lower than most premium rivals. Although still recall-free for the 2022 model year, the Giulia suffered one recall last year for the potential failure of the ABS and braking assistance.

Alfa Romeo covers the Giulia with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, a four-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for four years, and corrosion perforation coverage for five years regardless of mileage covered.


  • 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

Giulia Quadrifoglio Safety

There have been no Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio safety reviews from the NHTSA yet. At the IIHS, the Giulia received only Good scores in every crashworthiness test, although the headlights on certain trims were rated as Poor.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Key Safety Features

A suite of eight airbags will protect occupants in the event of an accident. This includes knee airbags for those in front and curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions. All the usual safety features are in place, from ABS/EBD brakes to traction control, tire pressure monitoring, hill-start assist, and electronic stability control. Both front/rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard, but some advanced driver aids will cost extra. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert is standard, as are full-speed forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and hill-start assist, but options are active blind-spot assistance, lane-keep assist, driver attention alert, traffic-jam assistance, and traffic-sign recognition.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio a Good Car?

Despite the threat of the all-new BMW M3, the Alfa is so good that it just hangs onto its crown as the most thrilling compact high-performance sedan, despite the arrival of the new M3. A feast for all the senses, the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan is an exciting vehicle whether you're gazing at it sitting in the driveway or when you're wringing its neck at high speeds. The twin-turbo V6 is a gem, the chassis playful and controllable, and the steering is a joy to operate. Remove the 'sport' aspect from the equation, and only then does the Alfa come across as more average. The quality is average rather than great, it doesn't have the most spacious trunk or interior, and there are question marks about its reliability. These flaws are more problematic for lesser Giulias, but as the ultimate Alfa Romeo performance sedan this side of the GTA, you could hardly ask for a more well-rounded package than the Quadrifoglio.

🚘What's the Price of the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

As a standalone high-performance model, the Giulia Quadrifoglio will cost you $78,830 in the US. This base price excludes tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,595. It also excludes a range of tasty upgrades that can push the final Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio price to around $90,000 including destination. In the USA, the new BMW M3 comes in at a less expensive MSRP of $69,900 or $72,800 in Competition guise. Once again, these prices can escalate rapidly with a few options.

New Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Models

There is just one trim of the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the only way to vary what you get is by rummaging through the options bin. The car is fitted with a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, driving the rear wheels only through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Its responses can be further sharpened up by activating the Race driving mode.

On the outside, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has 19-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, a quad-exit exhaust, and a carbon-fiber roof. On the inside, you get black leather upholstery, front sport seats with 12-way electrical adjustment, heated seats front and rear, dual-zone climate control, a wireless charging pad, an air-quality system, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The infotainment system with its 8.8-inch touchscreen supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, and drives a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. Optional upgrades include Sparco carbon-fiber racing seats and additional driver-assistance features via the Active Assist Plus Package.

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Additional Packages

The only optional package is one we'd recommend. It's called the Active Assist Plus Package. At $1,000, it bundles together the remaining driver-assist technologies that are missing from the standard specification. These include driver attention alert, lane-keep assist, traffic-sign recognition, and traffic-jam assist. Last year's Carbon and Nero Edizione packages are no longer available.

Some of the standalone options that look quite appealing include carbon-fiber Sparco racing seats ($3,500) and an exposed carbon-fiber roof ($2,000).

🚗What Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Model Should I Buy?

As there is only one trim on offer, the Giulia Quadrifoglio you end up with will depend on how you want to spec it. If it were us, we'd go for the default Alfa Rosso paint with the 19-inch dark five-hole wheels. We'd also equip the $1,000 Active Assist Plus Package for access to all the available driver-assist technologies. We'd also be happy to spring for the $3,500 Sparco carbon-fiber race seats since this is a car that deserves to play at the track regularly.

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Comparisons

BMW M3 Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio505 hp17/25 mpg$78,830
BMW M3 Sedan 473 hp16/23 mpg$70,100
Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan 469 hp17/26 mpg$68,600

2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3 Sedan

The all-new BMW M3 has arrived with the angriest face ever to be paired with that iconic badge, perhaps discontent that the Quadrifoglio successfully usurped its predecessor. With its turbocharged inline-six engine, it produces up to 503 hp in Competition guise and will match the Alfa from 0 to 60 mph. Crucially, the M3 comes with an available manual gearbox that will please purists, but the available all-wheel drive might not. While it is a devastatingly effective tool, the older Alfa still edges it for raw appeal and driver involvement. The M3 also has more space for passengers, a nicer cabin, and the edge on the tech front. It's an epic battle and it's most impressive that the aging Quadrifoglio can still go toe to toe with the M3 - and narrowly beats it in terms of the fun factor.

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan

The Mercedes has been around for a good couple of years now, but then again, a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 with 503 hp never really goes out of style. It's enough for the C63 S to post exactly the same 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds as the Quadrifoglio. Although it handles well, the Merc can't match the delicacy of the Alfa when the road starts to twist. The Italian's major controls are more harmonious and it provides greater driver feedback, making it the more engaging sedan of the two. The latest C-Class range, and the C63 S by extension, has an interior that has held up reasonably well, retaining the luxurious aura that is synonymous with the three-pointed star. However, both cars are a bit cramped at the back for taller passengers. Although the AMG is still a riot, the better-balanced Giulia Quadrifoglio still gets our vote.

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