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.
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.
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Trims
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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.
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.
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.