I’m going to be honest, I’ve never driven an Alfa before, but I was well aware of the brand’s heritage, and foundation as a legendary performance brand. Of course, when I found out that I would be spending some time with the Alfa Romeo Giulia for a week I was pretty excited.
Alfa Romeo’s return to the United States hasn’t been without some roadblocks, but the brand is now here with a three-car lineup. The first model to hit U.S. shores was the 4C and after some hiccups, the Stelvio SUV and the Giulia sedan finally made their way to stateside roads.
So should you consider buying an Alfa Romeo Giulia over an Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Lexus IS, or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class? Let’s find out.
2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso AWD Exterior
When it comes to design, the Alfa Romeo Giulia seems to be racking up the awards with its seductive exterior. The overall design of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, like all Alfas, is highlighted by the sedan’s grille. Known as the scudetto (which means ‘little sheild’ in Italian), the grille design has been a part of Alfa Romeo’s heritage since the brand’s inception. Originally designed by a guy named Giuseppe Merosi, the grille has gone through many iterations by some of Italy’s most prestigious design firms, including Zagato, Pininfarina, Bertone, and Italdesign.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia sits on a wheelbase that measures 111 inches with an overall length of 182.6 inches. The width stretches 73.7 inches, and the height stands at 57-inches. Now, I’m not a fan of the wheels that come with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso model I tested here, but the wheel options on the Sport trims are spectacular.
2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso AWD Interior
The Alfa Romeo Giulia’s interior is just simply there, and you’ll definitely notice a difference in the build quality when compared to rivals. It does have a very clean design, but there isn’t anything exciting that sticks out. My favorite thing about the interior is the placement of the start/stop button on the steering wheel. Other than that, the quality, tech, and design are pretty average.
Each Alfa Romeo Giulia comes with a long list of standard features including a rearview camera, remote start, a 6.5-inch display (8.8-inch optional), three USB ports, an AUX jack, Bluetooth (phone and audio), an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Depending on the trim and packages, you can also add on heated leather seats, heated steering, an 8.8-inch display, navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, a dual-pane sunroof, and a range of driver assist technologies. I would like to point out that the display has a weird glare issue, and isn’t the sharpest in the segment.
Size wise you get about 38 inches of headroom, 42.4 inches of legroom for front passengers, and 35.1 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Trunk space comes in at 12 cubic-feet.
2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso AWD Performance
I think most entry-level trim sport sedans are catering to the mass market, with soft-riding luxury sedans rather than going after enthusiasts. While I get it, I do expect more from these cars for the price tags they demand. But the Alfa Romeo Giulia is in a whole different league when it comes to this. This thing is so fun to drive, that you really don’t feel like you’re driving an entry-level trim.
Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Alfa Romeo Giulia makes a total of 280 horsepower and a maximum torque of 306 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 60 mph arrives in just 5.1 seconds for the AWD models, and 5.5 seconds for RWD models.
As a daily driver, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a very agile sedan that doesn’t sacrifice ride comfort. My absolute favorite thing about the Giulia is the quick acceleration and extremely direct steering. As soon as you point the steering in the direction you want to go, the Alfa Romeo Giulia just grabs on tight and goes. With near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the Giulia has superb balance, with a more dynamic edge than its rivals. You can switch between various driving modes with the DNA drive mode selector including Dynamic (Sport), Natural (Comfort/Everyday), All-Weather (Added Traction) modes.
Now, I should point out that I was this impressed with the Alfa Romeo Giulia without my test model having the $1,650 Ti Performance Package, which adds an active suspension, a limited slip differential rear axle, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Fuel economy for the Alfa Romeo Giulia comes in at 23/31 mpg* for the models with all-wheel-drive.
2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso AWD Overall
After spending a week with the Alfa Romeo Giulia, I must say that I was very pleased with my first experience in an Alfa. I totally understand why people really this brand as it focuses on its performance heritage across the lineup. It really is a breath of fresh air in a segment that is becoming more cookie-cutter when it comes to performance.
Prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulia start at $38,294**. Visit your local AutoNation Alfa Romeo dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.