Alfa Romeo Giulia review - Interior, design and technology
The Giulia is among the best-looking cars in its class, with a new infotainment system to match
Recently, Alfa Romeo has rediscovered its knack of delivering head-turning design – and the latest Giulia is a perfect example. With perfect proportions and neat detailing, the saloon attracts attention on the road. As standard there are 17-inch alloys, while Speciale trim is identified by its larger 18-inch rims, twin-exit exhausts and xenon lights.
Next to the plain BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, it’s a clear winner, and even the smart-looking Mercedes C-Class has to give over the honours to the Alfa. Even low-spec cars look fantastic, and the colour palette of grey, white, blue of the cars we tried all looked the part.
Big strides have been made inside, where good-quality materials and slick design give the Alfa premium appeal. It has a stylish and sporty feel, especially thanks to some beautiful dials and a great steering wheel. The rest of the cabin doesn’t feel quite as upmarket as the C-Class or A4, but there’s no doubt that there’s a clean elegance to it. The materials just aren’t as high in quality as those in the Giulia’s top rivals.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Alfa has updated interior quality and technology to ensure the 2020 Giulia is a much more competitive proposition. Inside, not only is the centre console far more premium in both look and feel, but there’s also a better-looking and more functional new set of digitised instruments, with a big infotainment screen to the side of these that can be operated either as a touchscreen or via an iDrive-like rotational switch just behind the new leather-covered gear lever. Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity become standard, as do bi-xenon headlights. And from mid-way through 2020, the car will even have its own wi-fi hotspot.
Every version of the Giulia gets the basics, which means Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a DAB radio, sat-nav and handy rotary controller for the centre console-mounted screen, while music-lovers can specify the Harman/Kardon stereo upgrade, which brings a total of 14 speakers. Beneath the skin, the new Giulia now has speed and lane-sensing cruise control and a whole host of other advanced driver assistance systems.
In this review
- 1Alfa Romeo Giulia reviewThe Alfa Romeo Giulia is a characterful package that offers rear-drive thrills and plenty of Italian charm
- 2Engines, performance and driveGreat range of engines offers both performance and economy
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficient diesel engines will be the biggest sellers in the UK
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Giulia is among the best-looking cars in its class, with a new infotainment system to match
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Giulia has good interior space and a competitively sized boot
- 6Reliability and SafetyAll-new platform means we can’t be sure of the car’s reliability yet, but customer feedback is positive