2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review: The Italian Suit

In a sea awash with sterile compact luxury sedans, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a breath of fresh air. The 2019 car receives minor updates in the form of a few new paint options and an appearance package, but the mechanics remain the same. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 280 hp, outgunning the likes of BMW's 330i and the Audi A4, and delivers an entertaining rush of power to either the rear wheels or all corners, entertaining a 0-60 mph sprint as quick as 5.1 seconds. Starting at $38,545, the Giulia presents an intriguing choice - one that might not be as refined as its German counterparts, nor as safe, but it delivers an entertaining driving experience and bold styling in a market where number-crunching has taken some of the soul out of owning a car. As far as corporate rebirths go, this is one hell of a place for Alfa Romeo to start.

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

Other than a new set of 19-inch wheels on the Ti Sport and a few added color and feature options, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, part of the first generation launched in 2017, goes into 2019 without any significant changes. The Nero Edizione package is a new appearance package that's available across the Giulia range and adds darkened wheels, exhaust tips, headlamp bezels, and other exterior trim pieces. The carbon fiber package will only be available on the Ti Sport, adding carbon fiber bits to the exterior and interior where the dashboard gets covered in leather and carbon fiber. Other notable additions are three new wheel designs, a new interior theme, and two new exterior colors. The options list also grows with the addition of a car alarm system and heated rear seats.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive infotainment system
  • Nice grunt from the turbocharged engine
  • Italian design flair
  • Excellent road manners
  • Superbly neutral handling balance
  • Exceptionally quick, intuitive steering
  • Cramped back seat
  • Small trunk
  • There's no manual option
  • Still fighting the reliability stigma
  • Some trim panels not assembled brilliantly

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,545
Sport
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,545
Ti
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,745
Ti Lusso
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,745
Ti Sport
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,745
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The chassis balance and suspension setup naturally lends itself to spirited driving, and the Giulia is eager to please even when driving around town. Switch to Dynamic mode, and the Giulia finds its feet, and then some; the gearbox becomes more responsive, and the steering feel weighs up perfectly, which in combination with a great steering wheel and the sharpest steering ration this side of a Ferrari makes for an engaging driving experience. The only let down is the all-season tires, which make sense for the average driver, but will be a significant disappointment for Alfa enthusiasts who like to enjoy their cars closer to the limit. The traction control system which cannot be disabled is another gripe that most owners won't even consider to be an issue, but will bug drivers who want to get the most out of the Giulia. Considering the Giulia's default tendency is towards oversteer, a little bit of play would've been appreciated. At least the brakes are top-quality, with standard Brembo four-caliper brakes making light work of heavy breaking without fade.

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

The age-old stereotype of the leaky and unreliable Alfa Romeo holds true to this day; perhaps not as bluntly, but Alfa has managed to create a car that, unlike so many modern premium sedans, has a distinct personality and feels as Italian as having a cigarette and a shot of espresso in the morning. From the chassis and suspension setup through to the driver-focused interior and characterful turbocharged engine, it's clear that while the Giulia will carry people and their stuff in comfort, it begs to be pushed every now and again, something which can't really be said about a FWD Audi A4, for example. Some interior build quality issues and a temperamental infotainment system hurt the Giulia's chances of being a class leader, as do its limited safety features, but with a starting price of $38,545, the Giulia offers great performance, a competitive features list and warranty that is hard to ignore. Get one if you have a flame for driving in your heart, but you still need to promote some semblance of corporate responsibility.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Comparisons

BMW 3 Series Sedan BMW
Audi A4 Sedan Audi

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

The BMW 3 Series is the traditional benchmark against which all other auto manufacturers have to pit their compact luxury sedan models. The 2019 3 Series comes off of a fresh redesign, which means it is better than ever. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four in the 3 Series has received a bump in power, but still can't match the Giulia, and will lose a 0-60 race by a few split seconds - at least until the six-pot-powered M340i steps up to the plate. The BMW is more fuel-efficient, however, beating the Alfa Romeo by three mpg on the combined cycle. The BMW is a safer and more practical car with a larger trunk and a more spacious interior - and is put together better as well. In terms of driving dynamics, both cars offer a sporty experience, and although the BMW might be technically better, it can't match the Giulia's flamboyance. Sticking to the script isn't a bad thing at all, especially when it reads BMW 3 Series.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Audi A4 Sedan

Right from the word go, the differences between the A4 and Giulia are clear to spot: from the outside, the A4's reserved styling stands in stark contrast to the flare of the Giulia. The same can be said for the Audi's powertrain, which does what is asked of it, but without the attitude of the Alfa Romeo. The Giulia is a more entertaining car to drive, especially when considering that the Audi isn't available in rear-wheel-drive. Everywhere else, the Audi starts clawing back territory: its cabin offers supreme comfort and build quality, it provides better gas mileage and is the safer car to drive. If getting around in comfort is your main concern, get the Audi. If you have some spark left in your middle-aged middle-management soul, then get the Alfa.

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