2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Performance

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2023 Giulia Performance

The 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot under the hood. But since this sedan is aimed at enthusiasts, it's not your normal run-of-the-mill four-pot. This unit develops 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission is also tuned to get the most out of this engine, which is why it can sprint to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds in the rear-wheel-drive configuration. The Giulia is also available with an all-wheel-drive system. The additional grip afforded by the optional all-wheel-drive system brings that 0 to 60 mph sprint time down to 5.1 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 149 mph.

These figures are class-leading, but they only tell half the story. Performance is about more than just sprint times and top speed. It's also about the noise, and how the car feels. This four-pot has been tuned to sound as good as possible, while the suspension and steering ensure that the Giulia feels engaging at all times. Ultimately, that matters more to us than the impressive sprint times.

2023 Giulia Performance Photos

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2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Front View Driving
2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Steering Wheel Controls
2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Brakes

Engine and Transmission

As mentioned earlier, the 2.0-liter four-pot under the Giulia's hood delivers 280 hp and 306 lb-ft. It's mated to an eight-speed gearbox, sourced from ZF. It's a magnificent automatic transmission, used by a number of manufacturers. When used in combination with the zestful engine and its magnificent soundtrack, it provides an eager, somewhat naughty package. Unlike many other four-pot cars of this ilk, the Alfa feels like it wants to play, even in its most docile driving mode. It'll happily light up the tires if you're a bit too enthusiastic with the throttle at a traffic light, but not too much so, as the ESC quickly intervenes.

Even at higher speeds, the engine never seems to run out of steam. The gearbox is only too happy to drop down a cog or three when the need arises, making highway journeys a joy.

On its own, the gearbox does a magnificent job. It's always a good sign when a gearbox simply blends into the background, allowing the driver to enjoy the ride. But the Giulia also wants to provide an engaging experience, which is why you get beautifully crafted paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. One glance at those and you can't help but engage the manual override. The paddles are an optional extra on the Sprint entry-level model.

2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Performance Specs:

Alfa Romeo Giulia TrimsAlfa Romeo Giulia EnginesAlfa Romeo Giulia HorsepowerAlfa Romeo Giulia TransmissionsAlfa Romeo Giulia DrivetrainsAlfa Romeo Giulia MPG/MPGE
Base2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas280 hp @ 5200 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
26 MPG
27 MPG
Ti2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas280 hp @ 5200 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
26 MPG
27 MPG
Estrema2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas280 hp @ 5200 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
26 MPG
27 MPG
Veloce2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas280 hp @ 5200 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
26 MPG
27 MPG
Lusso2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas280 hp @ 5200 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
26 MPG
27 MPG

2023 Giulia Gas Mileage

There's another side to the Giulia's engine as well. It can be practical and frugal when it needs to be. The rear-wheel-drive model has EPA mileage figures of 24/33/27 mpg city/highway/combined. The all-wheel-drive model is slightly thirstier, returning 23/31/26. Comparatively, BMW's 2.0-liter four-pot turbocharged 330i is more efficient, however. The rear-wheel-drive variant of the German has an EPA-rating of 25/34/29 mpg.

The Giulia has a 15.3-gallon gas tank, which results in a 413-mile range for the most efficient RWD model.

2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Fuel Capacity

Alfa Romeo Giulia TrimsBaseTiEstremaVeloceLusso
Alfa Romeo Giulia Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)23/3123/3123/3123/3123/31
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