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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia finishes in the middle of our luxury small car rankings. It delivers class-leading performance, but many rivals have interiors that are more spacious and more consistent in quality.

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia is ranked:

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia a Good Car?

Yes, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a good car. Few class rivals can match its powerful engines and agile handling. It also gets decent fuel economy. The infotainment system is mostly intuitive, and the front seats are comfortable. The Giulia’s rear seats are particularly small, however, and many rivals feature a more upscale interior and offer more trunk space.

Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

If you want an athletic, fun-to-drive sedan, then absolutely consider the Giulia. However, if you want the most luxurious driving experience possible or need more space (say, for a family and their cargo), then there are better options in the class. Compare the Giulia to rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Should I Buy a New or Used Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The 2019 Giulia belongs to a generation that began with the vehicle's 2017 debut. There haven't been many notable updates since this car's introduction. The 2018 model was the first to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the 2019 Giulia just shuffles some feature availability between trims.

With that in mind, you can shop for a used Giulia and potentially save thousands of dollars while essentially getting the same vehicle. If you are interested in a used model, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia. Also scroll through our Used Car Deals page to see what kind of savings and discounts you might find on a used car.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Giulia generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cost?

This Alfa Romeo sports a base price of around $38,500, which puts it squarely in the middle of the class. However, the top trim – the Quadrifoglio – costs more than the top trims of most other luxury small cars. It starts at around $74,000, which is more than you'd pay for performance-oriented trims from rivals such as the BMW M3 ($66,500) and Mercedes-AMG C63 ($66,100).

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Alfa Romeo dealer.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or Audi A4?

The Audi A4 ranks near the top of the luxury small car class every year because it delivers a tough-to-beat combination of performance and luxury. It has arguably the nicest cabin in the segment, along with plenty of tech features. The A4 is fairly sporty, but the Giulia provides more athleticism. These are both great cars, and you can't go wrong with either, but the A4 may be just a hair better because of its balance of comfort and sportiness.

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series has a more upscale cabin than the Giulia, and it's one of the few cars in the class with a real chance at keeping up with this Alfa, though you may find the Giulia more fun to drive. Consider driving both to decide which you like better.

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Giulia or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class bests the Giulia when it comes to interior quality, as the Mercedes is a challenger for the nicest cabin in the class. On the road, however, the Alfa bests this Benz. The C-Class is tuned more toward comfort, and even the performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG models can't match the Giulia Quadrifoglio. This comes down to whether you want a car that's built for speed or comfort.

Giulia Interior

How Many People Does the Giulia Seat?

The Giulia ostensibly seats five people. However, the rear seats don't offer a lot of room, making it difficult for most adults to fit back there. The front seats, on the other hand, are spacious, supportive, and comfortable.

Giulia and Car Seats

The Giulia features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The system earns a Marginal rating (the second-lowest rating) for its ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Giulia Interior Quality

You'll have to judge the interior quality of this car for yourself. Some critics say it's stylish and well-built, but others think it lacks the consistent quality that a luxury car should provide.

Giulia Cargo Space

Many luxury small cars provide more trunk space than the Giulia's 12 cubic feet, which is enough space for about nine grocery bags.

Giulia Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, three USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a dual-pane sunroof and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display screen, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, and navigation.

The Giulia's infotainment system is intuitive and easy to master, but it'll take you some time to change certain settings because they are concealed under several layers of menus.

Giulia Performance

Giulia Engine: 2 Great Choices

You can't go wrong with either Giulia engine. The base engine is a 280-horsepower turbo-four that makes this sedan feel athletic and quick. The 505-horsepower twin-turbo V6 – found in the Quadrifoglio – has the kind of energetic feel you expect from a sports car.

Giulia Gas Mileage: Not Too Shabby

The Giulia gets middle-of-the-pack fuel economy for the class with its base engine, earning 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With the twin-turbo V6, it gets 17/24 mpg city/highway. You'll spend about the same each year on gas with the base Giulia as you would with rivals like the Audi A4.

Giulia Ride and Handling: A True Sport Sedan

The Giulia doesn't have the most cushioned ride in the class, but it is one of the best performers. This Alfa lets you carve up winding roads with its precise steering and adept handling. Real-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available, though not in the high-performance Quadrifoglio trim.

Giulia Reliability

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Reliable?

The 2019 Giulia does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Warranty

The Alfa Romeo Giulia comes with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

Giulia Safety

Giulia Crash Test Results

The 2019 Giulia has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Giulia Safety Features

The Giulia comes standard with rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Which Alfa Romeo Giulia Model Is Right for Me?

The Giulia comes in three trims: base (Giulia), Ti, and Quadrifoglio. The lower trims feature the same 280-horsepower powertrain, while the Quadrifoglio's engine puts out an extra 225 horses. The Quadrifoglio is certainly the most fun-to-drive model, but it costs nearly double the base trim, and it's probably not worth the money for most buyers. Also, the lower trims are available as all-wheel-drive models (for roughly $2,000 extra), while the Quadrifoglio is not.

The Ti is a worthwhile upgrade. It's not much more expensive than the base model, and it comes with additional features like heated front seats and front parking sensors, as well as a larger infotainment screen. A variety of available packages lets you add extras like navigation and advanced safety technology to each trim level.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The base trim goes only by the name Giulia, and it carries a starting price of around $38,500. It comes with a 280-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The base infotainment system comprises a 6.5-inch display screen, a console-mounted infotainment control knob, three USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti

The Giulia Ti has a starting price of around $40,500. In addition to the base trim's features, the Ti comes standard with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, front parking sensors, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Giulia Quadrifoglio starts at around $74,000. It features a 505-horsepower twin-turbo V6. It also comes with Alcantara leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, HD Radio, navigation, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. This is the only trim not offered with all-wheel drive.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Alfa Romeo dealer.

The Final Call

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a tale of two cars. When it comes to performance, this Italian sports sedan is hard to beat without getting a pure sports car. However, many class rivals provide more luxurious and spacious interiors, which is why the Giulia finishes in the middle of our luxury small car rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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