2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior and Cargo

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2023 Giulia Interior

The changes Alfa Romeo made to the Giulia a few years ago mostly closed the quality gap between the Italian and the Germans, but it's still not 100% there. Being a sporty offering, the Giulia's major controls are all aimed at the driver. At the center of it all is one of the most beautiful steering wheels, not just in this segment, but in the automotive world in general. The starter button is placed on the steering wheel, and the dials are housed within two stunning circular housings. The paddle shifters deserve to be mentioned separately. Most manufacturers in this segment get paddle shifters completely wrong, so you eventually forget they even exist. The shifters in the Alfa are so prominent, for reasons we shall delve into later, that you regularly feel the urge to engage with them.

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Seating and Interior Space

The seats up front are spectacular, offering support in all the right places. You never feel as if you might fall out, even when driving enthusiastically. There are 42.4 inches of front legroom, 38.6 inches of headroom, and large doors. The rear seats are less accomplished; those in the back only get 35.1 inches of legroom, but at least the headroom is still decent enough at 37.6 inches.

The main problem, in addition to the lack of rear legroom, is the location of the side pillars. They feel further back than they should be. It's part of what gives the Alfa its alluring side profile, but it means rear entry is compromised. With the rear doors stretching about a third of the way down the rear wheels, rear passengers don't get much space to work with.

2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Interior Dimensions:

Alfa Romeo Giulia TrimsBaseTiEstremaVeloceLusso
Seating55555
Headroom Front Seat38.6 in.38.6 in.38.6 in.38.6 in.38.6 in.
Headroom Back Seat37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.4 in.42.4 in.42.4 in.42.4 in.42.4 in.
Legroom Back Seat35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.
Shoulder Room Front56.1 in.56.1 in.56.1 in.56.1 in.56.1 in.
Shoulder Room Rear53.6 in.53.6 in.53.6 in.53.6 in.53.6 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

As you'd expect from an Italian car, the interior is a thing of beauty, even though the quality is below par in certain places.

Having said that, the designers paid attention to all the right places. Leather seats are standard, as are the ten-way power-adjustable seats in the front and a dark headliner. You get the standard black interior in the Sprint with sport red leather seats a $2,000 option. The Ti gives you access to optional $700 Saddle Brown leather seats but loses the red option. In the Veloce, the brown leather is not offered but the red option returns, whereas the sporty Estrema sticks to sport leather seats in black.

In most cars, paddle shifters are just something a car needs to have these days, but in the Giulia, they are a work of art. They're mounted on the steering column, as opposed to the steering wheel, which means they stay in place even when you turn the steering wheel. It's more expensive than simply mounting them on the steering wheel itself, but it's the kind of thing that matters to a gearhead. Because they're made of aluminum, they're also cool to the touch. And they make the most satisfying clicking sound when you use them.

2023 Giulia Trunk and Cargo Space

Here the Alfa is on par with its rivals. Offering 13 cubic feet of space, the trunk is similar to the trunks of its main rivals. The BMW 3 Series, for example, offers 13 cubic feet and the Audi A4 offers 12 cubes. The rear seats do fold flat in a 40/20/40 configuration, for the odd occasion you need to transport something large.

While Alfa can't do much to change the rear legroom, it listened to the original criticisms and made some changes to the interior storage spaces. In 2020, the Alfa received larger cupholders and more storage spaces for the front passengers.

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2023 Giulia Infotainment and Features

Features

The entry-level model is called Sprint, which is a name first used on the 1954 Giulietta Sprint, and then the 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA. When you look at the standard features, there's nothing entry-level about it. As standard, it has leather seats, steering wheel and shifter, ten-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, an air-quality system, remote start, an auto-dimming interior mirror, and keyless entry. The Giulia Ti specification adds a dual-pane sunroof and trunk-mounted grocery-bag hooks. Select models also enjoy a heated steering wheel and a 14-way power driver's seat with memory settings.

Infotainment

All models come standard with an 8.8-inch color touchscreen that offers a selection of widgets on a scrolling horizontal layout. The display can also be customized to include shortcuts to the driver's favorite menus for quick access. As an added bonus, the driver also gets a seven-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster for a quick glance down.

The infotainment features standard voice recognition, a wireless charging pad, and a media hub in the center armrest. An eight-speaker sound system is standard, but you can upgrade to a 10- or 14-speaker sound system. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard across the range, there's really no need for the navigation system which is, ironically, standard on all models from this year.

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