2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review: For The Heart And Mind

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been a revelation for the Italian brand. Back in 2014, Alfa Romeo sold a grand total of 67 new vehicles in the USA. There's one very good reason for this: it only had one model on offer, the 4C sports car, and it catered to a very specific market. But to turn the brand around, the late Sergio Marchionne had a plan...

First, grab some attention by introducing something interesting (the 4C). Then you introduce something for the masses - the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. It's a car you simply can't ignore if you're a gearhead and has been a hit from the start, offering something completely different than the clinical Germans. Sure, it has some flaws, but the compact luxury sports sedan is so good to drive that you can forgive it almost anything. Restrictive rear seats, an average trunk, technology a step behind the rest, and sub-par build quality? Yup, all present and accounted for. But once you drive it, you soon realize that it offers something different to what you'll find in a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. That makes it extremely charming, and quite hard to resist. It's been key to the brand's renewed success that has seen figures climb into the thousands, and Alfa isn't stopping now.

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sedan Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Alfa Romeo has been improving the Giulia constantly since its launch and this year is no different. For the 2022 model year, last year's Ti Sport trim is renamed Veloce and the standard equipment is shored up across the range. Standard on all models for this year are navigation, a wireless phone charger, heated front and rear seats, an auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, grocery-bag hooks and a cargo net in the trunk (Ti and Veloce trims only), and an air-quality system. Several new driver-assistance features have been added as standard equipment too, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and curve-adaptive headlights with automatic high beams. Depending on the model, there are also some changes to the front fascia and grille, as well as to the interior finishes. There have been changes to the exterior paint colors too.

Pros and Cons

  • Beautiful design
  • More safety kit as standard
  • Strong engine
  • Entertaining car to drive with amazing steering
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Below par interior space and cargo space
  • Ride quality might be too firm for some
  • Quality still not on par with German rivals

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sprint
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$43,350
Ti
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$45,390
Veloce
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$45,390
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2022 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

  • Alfa Rosso +$330
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$660
  • Vesuvio Gray Metallic +$660
  • Vulcano Black Metallic +$660
  • Moonlight Gray Metallic +$660
  • Anodized Blue Metallic +$660
  • Rosso Etna, Build Out: 11/18/2021 +$1,200
  • Ocra GT Tri-Coat, Build Out: 11/18/2021 +$2,200
  • Alfa White

2022 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

The first thing you notice about the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan is the fast and direct steering. It's so responsive that it can be quite unnerving at first. We've grown so accustomed to lifeless electric steering that it's a shock to the system to drive a car that darts so effortlessly. This is not the kind of car that allows you to quickly glance down at your phone, because the smallest movement on the steering wheel could easily lead to a lane change.

In terms of traction, the rear-end can step out quite easily if the driver is too aggressive with the throttle. Even the all-wheel-drive model is rear-biased and will do the same. Luckily, there are safety nannies that will intervene and save the day. It's a good thing the braking system is so powerful, having no trouble reigning it back in if you get a tad overzealous.

Being more sporty in its setup, the Alfa may be too firm for some. We think it's a worthy trade for the amount of fun it ultimately provides. If you're the kind of person who wants every trip to be an adventure, this is the car for you. If, however, you want a sensory deprivation tank that places comfort above all else, you'd be a lot better off opting for an Audi A4, or BMW 3 Series.

2022 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

2022 Giulia Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Giulia Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 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 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia A Good Car?

In this segment, the game is particularly tough because you have competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, and Audi A4. They all offer more or less the same thing: five seats, a plush interior, and decent, predictable handling. Exactly what you'd expect from cars hailing from Germany where cars are developed over a seven-year lifecycle, and every part is triple-checked before they leave the factory floor.

The Italian car was not developed this way. You can tell just from where the side pillar is located that it follows a form-over-function philosophy. Yes, the rear legroom is compromised, but have you seen how great it looks? The same is true of the interior. It's a bit shoddy in certain places, but beautiful to look at.

And then we get to the way it drives. It's not as comfortable or compliant as its main rivals thanks to its firm suspension setup, but then you drive it and it makes sense. If you want a comfortable, sensible, efficient, quiet, and brisk car, get any one of the German rivals. But if you're after a driving experience that will thrill you every time you get behind the wheel, you should definitely try one of these before you buy.

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2022 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$40,300
BMW 3 Series Sedan 255 hp26/36 mpg$41,450

2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Audi A4 Sedan

The Audi A4 is a fantastic all-round car. It offers a more comfortable, compliant ride, and the interior is a cut above the rest of its rivals in the US. This has always been Audi's forte. Its infotainment system is one generation ahead of its competitors. The virtual cockpit is magnificent because it allows you to control almost everything from the instrument binnacle, which means your eyes never leave the road for more than a split second.

Oddly, the Italian is a bit more practical. The Alfa's front legroom (42.4 inches) and headroom (38.6 Inches) is more than the Audi's 41.3 inches and 37.3 inches respectively. The Alfa's rear legroom is just 0.6 inches shorter than the Audi, so it is a practical sedan. It's just the small door opening, but once you're inside, it's all good. The Alfa even has a slightly bigger trunk.

It's an obvious choice in this segment, but for good reason. It does everything well, and it beats the Alfa in a number of ways, but for those who want to enjoy driving, the Alfa ekes ahead when it comes to the fun factor.

Speaking of fun factor, it's worth noting that Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged four is available in two outputs. The lesser engine only develops 201 hp, but the high output 45 offers 261 horses. The Audi is outgunned on both fronts by the Alfa in this comparison.

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2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

According to historical reviews, the 3 Series used to be the most prolific competitor in this segment, but over the years it has grown in every direction. Where it used to be aimed at enthusiastic drivers, it now offers a more rounded driving experience, with a bias towards comfort. It can still hustle down the road at an alarming pace, but thanks to its lifeless electric steering, it's no longer as fun as it used to be. This does, however, translate into a more refined highway experience. It also makes better use of the space it has available with better ergonomics, beating the Alfa in the practicality stakes. Furthermore, the BMW's 2.0-liter four-cylinder only packs a 255-hp punch, yet it manages to accelerate nearly as hard as the Alfa while using less fuel. BMW also avails a six-cylinder that leaves the Giulia for dead, albeit at a higher price.

Objectively, the BMW is the better car. Add emotion into the mix, however, and the Alfa comes out tops as a car that actually excites you and makes you want to drive. But in every other way, the BMW is a few steps ahead.

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