The Italian sports sedan puts the driver first when it comes to the layout of the interior. Most of the controls, including the infotainment display, are all angled towards the driver, and the traditional analog speed and rev counters add to the overall sporty feel of the cabin. Getting inside isn't an issue for front-seat occupants, but getting in the rear is more tricky due to a smaller door entrance. Once inside, visibility is excellent, with the only issue being blind spot checks, which are impeded by thick B pillars. Standard interior features on all Giulia cars include power-adjustable front seats and a beautifully tactile flat-bottomed steering wheel, while a range of leather qualities and colors gives the Giulia impressive levels of customization. It's arguably the best built Alfa Romeo interior in decades, but it still lags behind the premium German brigade for overall fit, finish, and tactility - except for the aluminum paddle shifters on higher trims that feel as if they were lifted straight out of a Ferrari. Those are simply sublime.
The seat style, driving position, and overall space favor the front seat passengers, and more specifically, the driver. The standard seats in the Giulia are comfortable, and are power-adjustable in ten ways, include four settings for lumbar support, and have a memory function. For everyday use, they are comfy and supportive enough, but the sportier seats in the Ti Lusso offer better support overall and an extra four adjustments. The driving position is upright and forward in the cabin, which most Americans will find off at first, but connects you with the car in a way most other executive sedans don't. Front-seat legroom measures 42.4 inches, more than both the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, and the headroom is also good at 38.6 inches. Rear seat legroom measures a tight 35.1 inches as does back seat headroom at 37.6 inches.
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Trims||Base||Sport||Ti||Ti Lusso||Ti Sport||Ti Sport Carbon|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.6 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.4 in.||42.4 in.||42.4 in.||42.4 in.||42.4 in.||42.4 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.1 in.||35.1 in.||35.1 in.||35.1 in.||35.1 in.||35.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.|
The base Giulia, Giulia Sport, and Ti trims are all upholstered as standard in leather and share four leather seat color options of Ice White, Red, Tan, or Black with dark gray accent stitching. The Ti Sport can be had with Black, Red, or Tan performance sport leather while the Ti Lusso adds Crema luxury leather to the list. Interior trimmings range from contemporary black gloss to old-world wood, and no matter the choice, the Giulia's interior looks fresh and beautifully designed. The newly added Ti Sport trim shares genuine carbon fiber inserts with the high-performance Quadrifoglio while the Giulia Sport, Ti, and Ti Sport get aluminum trimmings. Light Walnut and Dark gray Oak are the two natural options.
Trunk space in the 2019 Giulia is surprisingly good, mainly because the car is shorter than most rivals. Alfa Romeo has made the most of the 12 cubic feet of space by designing a deep trunk that will swallow up suitcases. The only hindrance is a liftgate opening that's at the smaller end of the scale, and the fact that the new 3 Series offers nearly 50% more trunk space. If you're a light traveler or use the car around town most of the time, you'll be satisfied with the space on offer, and if the need arises, the rear seats can fold down to offer even more space.
But small-item storage is disappointing, especially considering the fact that a lot of space around the shift knob is wasted with only small center console bins available. The door pockets in the front offer a sliver of space, and back seat passengers get even fewer options.
As a compact luxury sedan facing stiff competition from a wide range of international rivals, Alfa Romeo made sure that the Giulia, even in humble base trim, would impress when it came to the features list. Standard features on the base model include ten-way power-adjustable leather seats with memory function, upgraded to 14-way seats on higher trims, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, as well as push-button start. The list continues with dual-zone climate control, remote start, rain-sensing auto wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a rearview camera, rear park sensors, and the option to equip a dual-pane sunroof, and heated front and rear seats. Higher up in the range, you can expect to find a heated steering wheel and rear seats, and front park sensors. Driver-assistance systems are available but not standard with the base models boasting availability to full-speed collision warning, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Use the words electronics and Alfa Romeo together in the same sentence and watch most car fans develop a migraine, and unfortunately, this reputation for unreliable electrical systems lives on in the Giulia's infotainment system. The infotainment system on the 2019 Giulia consists of a 6.5-inch display that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. Menu scrolling is taken care of via a centrally mounted rotary controller. Sound is channeled through an eight-speaker system that delivers impressively clear tones. The overall functionality is acceptable, but small gremlins rear their heads now and then, and the voice controls are clunky. Optional features include 2D navigation, a larger 8.8-inch display (standard from the Ti), SiriusXM satellite radio and a premium 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.