Alfa Romeo Giulia review - Reliability and Safety
All-new platform means we can’t be sure of the car’s reliability yet, but customer feedback is positive
All versions of the Alfa Giulia have lane departure warning, forward collision warning, integrated braking system and autonomous emergency braking as standard.
This suite of safety kit helped the Giulia to score well for safety when Euro NCAP crash-tested the car in 2016. It earned a maximum five stars and scored 98 per cent for adult occupant safety, which was the highest mark achieved by any car at the time. Child occupant protection was rated at 81 per cent - another excellent score - pedestrian protection at 69 per cent and the Giulia earned a 60 per cent score for its safety technology.
In terms of reliability, Alfa Romeo has a weak reputation, but it's one that's largely unfounded by its latest models. There have been reports of niggles and electrical gremlins with owners that have responded to our Driver Power surveys, but nowhere near as many as reported by owners of older Alfas.
In fact, the Giulia finished third in the 2019 ownership survey, with owners praising the car's engines and gearboxes, ride and handling and the safety features. The biggest negatives were to do with practicality and space, as well as running costs and the infotainment system - an issue Alfa have now responded to.
The Giulia's performance also helped Alfa take the runner-up spot in the manufacturer ranking in 2019, with good scores across the board. A larger than average proportion of owners had reliability issues, but these must have been minor and quickly addressed to not have a big impact on the company's overall ranking.
The Alfa Romeo range comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, which equals BMW and betters Audi and Mercedes which have a 60,000-mile limit to their cover. Alfa also offers extended warranties that run in conjunction with any finance deal you might take out. The standard warranty also includes roadside assistance for the same period, while paintwork is covered for the same amount of time and any perforation of the bodywork is protected for eight years.
Alfa offers a flexible annual service plan, which is available from one to five years and includes all scheduled maintenance, depending on the term or mileage selected.
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 spaceThe Giulia has good interior space and a competitively sized boot
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingAll-new platform means we can’t be sure of the car’s reliability yet, but customer feedback is positive