2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review: Heart Over Head

When it was first introduced a few years ago, the Alfa Romeo Giulia immediately charmed us with its seductive styling, exceptional handling, and an interior that had more substance to it than many Alfas in the past. But as impressive as the Giulia was, it still wasn't as polished as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series - rear-seat space was more restrictive, interior storage wasn't great, and the technology felt a step behind. The latest model gets a few updates to remedy some of these issues, with a new center console and a larger central touchscreen. Its agile nature and strong engines make it one of the most rewarding cars to drive in this segment, but it isn't the most comfortable and both the rear seat and the trunk are less than accommodating. If you don't need acres of space, though, the Giulia provides more allure than the clinically efficient German competitors that have come to dominate this segment.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Giulia?

Alfa Romeo has made quite a few enhancements to the Giulia range for this year. The cabin has been restyled in places with upgrades like a new center console, a new leather-wrapped shifter, a revised steering wheel design, and laminated front glass. The infotainment system now uses a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen which is claimed to have a quicker processor, better graphics, and standard SiriusXM radio (with a 12-month complimentary subscription).

On the safety front, an Advanced Driver Assistance package is now available and comprises features like active lane departure warning, traffic jam assist, and drowsy driver detection. There are new exterior metallic colors as well.

Pros and Cons

  • Charismatic design, inside and out
  • Interior now has improved storage and materials
  • Enhanced available safety specification
  • One of the most entertaining drives in the segment
  • Strong turbocharged engines
  • Comfortable and supportive front seats
  • Magical steering and front end feel
  • Back seat and trunk space are below average
  • Still not as solidly screwed together as the Germans
  • The ride is quite firm over imperfect surfaces
  • The best safety specs are costly extras
  • Brakes don't inspire confidence

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2020 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
$39,400
Sport
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$39,400
Ti
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$41,400
Ti Sport Carbon
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$41,400
Ti Lusso
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$41,400
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2020 Giulia Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.5 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 56.5 in
  • Max Width 73.7 in
  • Front Width 61.3 in
  • Rear Width 63.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,521.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Anodized Blue Metallic +$600
  • Lunare White Metallic +$600
  • Montecarlo Blue Metallic +$600
  • Silverstone Gray Metallic +$600
  • Stromboli Gray Metallic +$600
  • Vesuvio Gray Metallic +$600
  • Vulcano Black Metallic +$600
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$600
  • Verde Visconti Metallic +$600
  • Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Trofeo White Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Alfa Black
  • Alfa Rosso
  • Alfa White

2020 Giulia Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Complementing the peppy engine is a fast steering system that immediately makes the Giulia feel more engaging than many of its class rivals. Together with the quickest steering rack this side of a go-kart and a feeling that the car is always light on its feet, the Alfa is a joy to thread through the corners. There are three driving modes to choose from: Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency. In Dynamic, the steering exhibits ideal weighting, feedback is good, and body roll is kept at bay. Even the AWD versions feel more RWD-like, and the rear end will step out occasionally if encouraged - only for the overly aggressive stability control to rein things back in rapidly. The only issue is the fitment of all-season tires - their grip limits are easier to expose that you'd want.

Although reasonably refined on smooth roads, the Alfa is ultimately tuned to prioritize sportiness over comfort, so it doesn't glide down the road with the sophistication of an Audi A4 and, for some, the ride will be too firm. That said, we think the Alfa's entertaining driving experience is a fair trade for a slightly firmer ride. Wind noise and a few squeaks from the cabin are noticeable, though. The braking system is powerful and effectively brings the Alfa to a controlled stop.

2020 Giulia Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

2020 Giulia Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Giulia Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia a good car?

Mass market vehicle production makes it easy to fall into the cookie-cutter trap, whereby cars in the same segment all seem to do the same things in a similar fashion. This is not a problem that even slightly affects the Alfa Romeo Giulia, and it's this originality that is probably the Italian luxury car's greatest achievement. It looks like nothing else in this class and also provides an engaging driving experience that sets it apart. We love the powerful, rorty turbocharged engine and the way that the steering feels more alive than in most other modern vehicles. Of course, Alfa's single-minded approach to stimulating your senses means that the Giulia isn't as polished as an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series, cars that we imagine must first pass a rigorous, encyclopedia-long checklist before they ever reach the showroom floor. The Giulia's development brainstorm session likely concluded with less of a perfectly constructed checklist and more of a scattered vision board, and the result is a flawed but undeniably beguiling machine. So, while you may moan about the small trunk dimensions, the sometimes creaky cabin, and the limited rear-seat legroom, it's not a car that will ever leave you bored.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Comparisons

Audi A4 Sedan Audi
BMW 3 Series Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Alfa Romeo Giulia280 hp24/33 mpg$44,280
Audi A4 Sedan 201 hp24/33 mpg$39,900
BMW 3 Series Sedan 255 hp26/36 mpg$41,450

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Audi A4 Sedan

The latest generation of the A4 continues to be a tremendous all-rounder with excellent handling, a more comfortable ride than the Alfa, and an interior that leads the way for build integrity and the presentation of materials. Although the Alfa does feel sportier, the A4 is by no means a dull car to drive, although steering feedback lags behind the Italian's talkative helm. The Audi easily has a more accommodating interior, though, with more space for rear-seat passengers. The A4's virtual cockpit and infotainment system are also more intuitive to use than the Alfa's admittedly improved system. If you don't want to think too hard about which luxury sedan to get next, the A4 is a smart choice that is also likely to prove more dependable than the Giulia in the long term. But if you're looking for a more exciting, evocative, and distinctive alternative, the Giulia is good enough to at least take on a test drive.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

For decades, the BMW 3 Series was the easy choice for buyers looking for a luxury sedan with sharp driving dynamics. Since then, the 3 Series has grown a lot bigger and traded some of its famed dynamic sparkle for a more well-rounded driving experience. It still handles remarkably well and sticks to the road like glue, but there's more of a muted sensation from behind the wheel, and it's here that the Alfa shines more brightly. The Giulia's engine is also more powerful than the 255-horsepower unit in the price-competitive 330i, but the BMW uses what it's got well and accelerates with just as much verve as the Alfa. The BMW is the quieter highway companion, though, and its interior - although a bit plain design-wise - is roomier, more advanced, and better built than the Alfa's. The BMW also has a larger trunk, a few standard safety features that are optional on the Alfa, and returns better economy numbers. The Giulia may tug a bit harder at the heartstrings, but the BMW is a better car.

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