Alfa Romeo Giulia review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Giulia has good interior space and a competitively sized boot
There’s only one Giulia body style for now, which is the four-door saloon, but Alfa hasn’t ruled out a Giulia Sportwagon estate in the future, which would clearly be the more practical choice. If you do need more practicality from your Alfa, then perhaps the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV could be a better option.
The Giulia's driving position is good, with a comfortable and sporty seat arrangement in the front that sits you low but with a good view ahead.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is 4,643mm long and 2,024mm wide (including mirrors), while a wheelbase of 2,820mm creates a decent amount of space inside.
Legroom, headroom & passenger space
Access to the back seats is reasonable, although the sloping roof does cut into the window frames for the doors.
The Alfa Giulia actually has one of the longer wheelbases in its class, which means there’s a good amount of rear legroom. There’s plenty of space up front, but the passengers in the back won’t have too much to complain about - although the large transmission tunnel means the middle seat can feel cramped.
Space in the back is good, with no issues when it comes to legroom. In fact, it feels less claustrophobic than the Jaguar XE in the back, while there’s more headroom. However, even though the difference to the Audi A4 is only marginal, it’s not quite as spacious.
It’s clear that Alfa's designers benchmarked the 3 Series when developing the Giulia, as it shares the same 480-litre boot capacity. However, the opening is smaller and there’s a high load lip to overcome in the Alfa. Hidden storage space in the cabin is good, with a decent-sized cubby between the front seats and a large glovebox. However, the Giulia has to give best to the 320d when it comes to storage elsewhere: the door bins are smaller and there’s nowhere to store a smartphone on the centre console.
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 technologyThe Giulia is among the best-looking cars in its class, with a new infotainment system to match
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 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