2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Take The Long Way Home

When the Giulia range first hit the market a few years ago, it was clear that this was one of Alfa Romeo's best midsize luxury sedans ever. That message was driven home with some conviction when the halo model, the 505 horsepower Quadrifoglio made its arrival. There's so much that this car does right, with the sweet turbocharged engine in perfect harmony with the most communicative chassis and steering setup you'll find in a four-door sedan. There's also the matter of the Giulia's beautiful looks in a segment crammed with many attractive, but rather clinical options. While BMW's M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 may have the more impressive lineage and a level of consumer trust that often befuddles the Italian brand, it's the Alfa that's better at being an exciting and emotive high-performance sedan. The build quality is so-so and the jury is out on long-term reliability, but the Quadrifoglio is so intent on setting your pants on fire with an intoxicating driving experience that you're not likely to notice.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 Giulia Quadrifoglio?

While Alfa Romeo has introduced quite a number of changes and options for the Giulia range, only a few apply to the Quadrifoglio. Anodized brake calipers with red Alfa Romeo script is now standard, while on the more practical end of the spectrum, there are now 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats with a third rear headrest. A premium alarm system and heated rear seats are options, while a new Nero Edizione package for the Quadrifoglio adds darkened exterior trim and wheels.

Pros and Cons

  • Flamboyant styling still seduces
  • Powerful engine with spine-tingling exhaust note
  • Class-leading acceleration
  • Brilliantly communicative steering
  • Slick-shifting transmission is up to the job
  • Lengthy standard feature list
  • No manual for the US
  • Mediocre trunk and rear-seat space
  • Build quality lags behind the Germans

What's the Price of the 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

A base MSRP of $74,245 will get you behind the wheel of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, but do bear in mind that this price excludes tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,595. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is priced at a nearly identical $74,600.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2019 Giulia Quadrifoglio Exterior

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  • 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

  • Montecarlo Blue Metallic +$600
  • Silverstone Gray Metallic +$600
  • Vesuvio Gray Metallic +$600
  • Vulcano Black Metallic +$600
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$600
  • Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Trofeo White Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Nring Gray, Build Out:07/23/2018
  • Alfa Rosso
  • Circuito Gray Matte, Build Out:06/07/2019

2019 Giulia Quadrifoglio Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

Competing with the Quadrifoglio's engine for this car's crowning achievement, is the work that has been done to make it handle as sensationally as it does. The combination of rear-wheel-drive, quick steering, and a clever torque-vectoring differential endow the Alfa with a range of dynamic potential that leaves the outgoing BMW M3 thoroughly shaken.

Responses from the steering approach telepathic levels and despite it being quite light to turn, there's no shortage of feedback through the thin-rimmed wheel. Then, there's the ideal 50:50 weight distribution and adaptive dampers. It all just feels incredibly progressive, entertaining, controllable and forgiving. While an AMG 63 S or M3 is quick to induce oversteer, the grippy Alfa - running on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires - gives you more options at the limit. And because there's so much more feel through the steering and chassis, it's that much easier to make small adjustments. In the Alfa, the eye-widening moments are a result of the car being able to deliver exactly what you ask of it. In the twitchy M3, these moments are more because the car had other plans. The Alfa's delicacy is what separates it from its chief rivals.

Switch from Race mode to Natural mode using the DNA Drive Mode Selector, and the Alfa surprises with a compliant ride quality, with the car successfully shielding occupants from unpleasant bumps. It's not luxury-car smooth, but considering what it can do on a track it's mightily impressive. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of the greatest driver's cars and in the context of a four-door sedan, possibly the best ever.

2019 Giulia Quadrifoglio Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

2019 Giulia Quadrifoglio Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 Giulia Quadrifoglio Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio A Good car?

While BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer a tiered structure to their high-performance M and AMG ranges (Competition and S versions are the most powerful, respectively), Alfa Romeo offers just one Quadrifoglio for all super sedan duties. This is telling, because it honestly doesn't feel like the Quadrifoglio needs another layer to its performance, its astonishing dynamics or its personality. In these areas, the Alfa is a spectacular car, capable of both blinding acceleration, and stupendous agility and feel through the corners. That it does all of this while turning heads with its alluring design is a bonus. On the downside, the cabin feels a step behind in aspects like space utilization and quality. It's far from intolerable, but at just shy of $75k, the standards are understandably high. However, none of this can fully detract from the Giulia Quadrifoglio's many plus points. We'd advise you to follow a meticulous preventative maintenance schedule and take the plunge.

What Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Model Should I Buy?

While the racing seats and carbon ceramic brakes make sense on the track, their appeal is limited and the price to pay for them is considerable. Instead, consider the worthwhile Driver Assistance Dynamic package - it fills in the few gaps in the Giulia's list of standard safety gear, and is reasonable value at $1,200. A wide array of wheel designs and exterior color choices also provide more customization.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan Mercedes-Benz
BMW M3 Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio505 hp17/25 mpg$79,760
Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan 671 hp17/26 mpgTBC
BMW M3 Sedan 473 hp16/23 mpg$74,300

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan

Both rear-wheel-drive beasts with over 500 horsepower (in the case of the C63 S) at their disposal, the Alfa and the Mercedes nevertheless feel dramatically different on the road. The AMG is a brute, its grumbly V8 giving it the feel of a hot-rod, but it can also acquit itself remarkably well in the corners. Yet, it's the Alfa's delicacy that makes it so easy to fall in love with; where the AMG will occasionally make you wonder what's going to happen next, the Quadrifoglio communicates every nuance of the experience to the driver. As a four-door luxury sedan, the C63 wins with a much better cabin, improved tech, and more space for both passengers and their baggage. The Mercedes is also likely to prove more dependable in the long run. In a classic game of pros and cons, the AMG is likely to have more plusses on its side, but the Giulia is the more captivating performance machine and, considering what they were designed for, that's hard to look past.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs BMW M3 Sedan

With the all-new BMW M3 currently in development, should you save a considerable amount of cash and consider an almost-new F30 M3 over a new Quadrifoglio? On the M3's side is a proven recipe for success, with several generations of the 3 Series paving the way before it. A 425 horsepower twin-turbo inline-six (444 hp with the Competition package) provides potent performance, although the Alfa is ultimately faster. Even if you do go for the Competition pack, the F30 3 Series - and the M3 by extension - fundamentally lacked BMW's hallmark fun-factor from behind the wheel, leaving many a driver cold. This is precisely the area in which the Quadrifoglio excels. The M3 is fast and capable, but doesn't engage you in the same manner as the Alfa. And as versatile an engine as the M3's is, it doesn't match the Alfa's for character. As these are performance cars, we consider these aspects to be more important than the BMW's extra space and superior build quality. It's the Alfa that takes it - for now.

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