Alfa Romeo Giulia is the car to show the Germans, how luxury sedans should look and feel. In a Super Bowl add Alfa Romeo says good bye to predictability. Indeed, living with the Giulia does come with some unpredictability. Some for the right reasons, and some for less right reasons. Unless you’re a dentist, you'll love the looks. Giulia has a lot of rounded features. You can’t mistake it for sharp German lines or boxy American cars. But at the same time Alfa Romeo designers have not overdone it. They did exactly enough to make this car stand out without being ostentatious. Steering is also special. It may be on the light side, but it’s very responsive and precise. Take Alfa Romeo Giulia for a test drive, and any comparable German saloon will feel boring.

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Starting price: 33 000 euro
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Comments

    • Joan Pey
      Joan Pey

      While you are right about some glitches the car has, and I can tell you because I own this very car but with manual gearbox, some other things you say are not really true or overcooked. I don't get why people keep on doing this. As I don't get why some other's tell you that this is the definitive car and will beat each and every other car on the road on everything.

      8 litres x 100km is not what you get combined. Your guess is not right. Of course, what Alfa tells you is not true anyway, but I do 6.9 litres x 100km, wich is way lower and more realistic. No, I'm not a slow driver. I usually drive on N mode but I use the D from the DNA often. Yes, the A mode is useless unless you want a 100hp car but buy a 180hp one because it's cool.

      It doesnt really matter, put the car in automatic and enjoy it like that..... It says a lot on your personal driving tastes. To go from point A to point B nobody needs a Giulia, nor any other car that feels "sporty" for that matter.

      The engine is loud from the outside, no doubt, but inside it's ok and I can't feel those terrible vibrations you talk about. Even with the start/stop thing on.

      About the start and stop and parking sensors buttons: What's the point of your gesture?. You may like it or not, but they are different systems and work, well, different. For my taste I wish the start and stop thing would maintain the last choice as the parking thing does, but it makes some sense it doesnt, because using the parking sensors is a personal choice while poluting less should be a concern so it reactivates each time.

      The parking sensors are too sensitive..... Well, there's a way to adjust sensitivity from the setup menu. Try it.

      To charge the phone you have to run the cable.... Well, I have the smoker's package, and works. Also, there's a usb connection just under the screen.

      Remember that if you have to carry something delicate behind the driver's seat..... This is not a van for carrying egs to the marketplace, is it?

      If you want a German car, buy it. They are plenty of reasons to buy them (I had a 325tds long time ago and it was a great car).
      But if you are tired of the same over and over again, the Giulia is a good choice depending on your driving tastes.
      The car itself will probably be devaluated way faster than a German counterpart. It will probably wear out faster if we hear what almost every armchair expert says about Alfas (despite my previous car being an Alfa 156jtd and lasting longer and with fewer problems than the 325. In fact, my daughter still drives it and I bought it in the 20th century). The point is that it brings fresh air to the market, and it does not dissapoint if you know what you are buying.

      about 5 months ago
    • Commentator541
      Commentator541 In reply to Joan Pey

      Could not have said it better myself.

      about 5 months ago
    • jspope2008
      jspope2008

      I have watched a number of reviews on this car. Everyone suggested that the suspension is comfortable. You suggested it’s a system where you feel everything. It sure doesn’t make life easy if you get my point!

      about 5 months ago
    • jspope2008
      jspope2008 In reply to jspope2008

      Maybe you are right after all. Whatcar report says comfortable suspension yet Carbuyer suggests not so much.
      I give up! How is it possible that manufacturers can’t get it right. Cars in general are not driven on a race track so why this stiff set up on so many cars. Keep up the good work.

      about 5 months ago
    • Marek Drives
      Marek Drives In reply to jspope2008

      Could you tell me names of the channels, where you saw these reviews? I try not to watch before I write my own script to avoid saying what everyone else says. Were these first drives somewhere in the picturesque regions of Italy perhaps?

      about 5 months ago
    • Takuan
      Takuan

      The car looks very nice indeed but as soon as the engine noise hits my ears the visual magic disappears, like a beautiful lady talks with a voice of a chainsaw in 'choke mode'.

      about 10 months ago
    • warburgaby
      warburgaby

      Bravissimo, recensione molto onesta :) Sono però molto ottimista per Alfa Romeo, considerando che Giulia è una nuova auto progettata dal foglio bianco... e che già nelle prossime versioni sarà perfetta oltre che nel piacere di guida anche nei "difetti minori" che hai citato. Buon lavoro Marek

      about 10 months ago
    • bounty 543
      bounty 543

      The only downside about this car is the infotainment clearly worse than the others but for the rest what a car the best in its class overall.

      about 11 months ago
    • Richard Hughes
      Richard Hughes

      Hi Marek, love your reviews. I just had the 2.2 diesel 210PS Veloce AWD as a holiday rental for 10 days in Italy. I would agree with pretty much most of the points in this review. Mine didn't have the reversing camera and the smaller screen sat nav which wasn't too bad and in Italy at least did have real time traffic info. The air con was fine in mine although it did take a while to cool the whole car, but overall driving long distances in 40 degree heat I didn't have any issues. The main complaints for me were the trunk - a little small and the weird logic on the parking sensor switch - when the light is on the sensors are off - and no indication on the console of the status.

      The steering is fantastic and the car is extremely stable at high speeds on the autostrada - I agree that you you need to keep an eye on your speed as the acceleration from 100 kph upwards was effortless. Overall I really enjoyed and was very disappointed to have to hand it back after 10 days of fun.

      about 11 months ago
    • fundiver198
      fundiver198

      I have seen maybe 20 other reviews of the Giulia, and not a single one has complained about the aircon. So maybe this was just an individual fault with the test car? All the other nickles are frankly nothing and certainly would not put me off from owning the most pretty and soul filled vehicle in the segment.

      The only criticism, I really agree with, is that of the diesel engine. FCA´s diesels are not among the most quiet in the business, and the 2,0 liter petrol is not that thirsty. If you can afford a car in this segment, surely you can also afford to put petrol in the tank. The European love affair with diesel has gone to far, and what better place to start the reversal than getting a petrol powered Alfa Romeo.

      about 11 months ago
    • fundiver198
      fundiver198 In reply to fundiver198

      Guess you just have to turn the stop & start off then. Its mostly installed to achieve better results in the soon to be replaced EU fuel economy test, and the real world fuel savings are much less for most people.

      about 11 months ago
    • Marek Drives
      Marek Drives In reply to fundiver198

      Same thing in Q. My colleague drove a petrol version, and had the same problem. Basically stop & start cuts AC too much, so on a hot day it gets hot inside instantly, and then AC has to work overtime.

      about 11 months ago
    • Colin Mclean
      Colin Mclean

      Sounds like a Massey-Ferguson at start up.

      about 11 months ago
    • Dave Travels
      Dave Travels

      On point! As for the diesel version, I would prefer a C-class or A4 for this price. Or perhaps an Arteon...

      about 11 months ago
    • Tom Scharf
      Tom Scharf

      5:20 normal? My Fiat Tipo remembers OFF S/S, so I dont understand why the Itullians (allo allo refference) didnt carry that over to Alfas.

      about 11 months ago
    • HSV Commodore
      HSV Commodore

      Could u review the Lexus GS facelift, please?

      about 11 months ago
    • Marek Drives
      Marek Drives In reply to HSV Commodore

      I'll see what I can do, but don't expect anything before late autumn.

      about 11 months ago
    • Chained2Alice
      Chained2Alice

      Good English, man. An honest review, which is priceless. I still have a 159 and I see what you mean about the minor annoyances of the Giulia, but I would definitely consider it at some point! My 159 is diesel too and I would like a petrol this time, that is for sure.

      about 11 months ago
    • g00dfeeling
      g00dfeeling

      Every car has similar minor faults, but no car is so special as Alfa Romeo. Giulia is just incredible. If it is possible I would order it without stop&start as it annoys me in traffic, needs stronger battery and works only if engine is warm or outside temperature high enough.

      about 11 months ago
    • h2oaddict28
      h2oaddict28 In reply to g00dfeeling

      g00dfeeling don't use stop start

      about 1 day ago
    • R Mac
      R Mac

      Great review, you are spot on, looks great drives great but Alpha need to recognise that selling a great car means more!! I would love to own one but the compromises are too much

      about 11 months ago
    • David Yule
      David Yule In reply to R Mac

      I have this car and it is great. Very comfortable and I do a lot of miles. 23,000 in my first 10 months. The residuals are better than its German counterparts. It looks better in my opinion than the competitors. It drives better in my opinion - which is why I bought it. Alfa spent a fortune designing this car from the ground up and has some technology onboard that no other cars in the class have such as brake by wire. It is all subjective but to me this car offered the best package. Every car has its compromises as it is a machine and no manufacturer can keep everybody happy. Blandness is the way that many manufacturers attempt to keep the greatest number of people happy - but blandness is a very large compromise.

      about 5 months ago
    • joako2706
      joako2706 In reply to R Mac

      Io capisco perfettamente . Ho venduto una Audi A3 2017 perche era la vettura più noiosa al mondo e per tutti i problemi con la sacra DSG .

      about 11 months ago
    • R Mac
      R Mac In reply to R Mac

      Fammi sapere se non capisci

      about 11 months ago
    • R Mac
      R Mac In reply to R Mac

      So let me spell it Alfa to keep you happy, fact still remains it is not good enough. Respond with something more constructive (if you can) and if you want to correct me about my English, read your own response, fuc*ing tool

      about 11 months ago
    • joako2706
      joako2706 In reply to R Mac

      Compromises are too much ? Sorry which car do you come from ? Oh and BTW it's ALFA not ALPHA .

      about 11 months ago
    • Bogdan Popa
      Bogdan Popa

      You should review the 200hp and the 280hp petrol ones. Those are the best. Why buy a diesel alfa? The engine sounds like a tractor.

      about 11 months ago
    • roki977
      roki977 In reply to Bogdan Popa

      Italian diesels and TDIs are the worst tractors on the roads. And they have very similar agricultural sound. My friend recently bought Volvo V40 with French 1.6 HDI and i was shocked how silent that thing is in that Volvo. Mazda also has quite silent and nice sounding diesels, at lest from what i heard with 1.5 and 2.2..

      about 11 months ago
    • Marek Drives
      Marek Drives In reply to Bogdan Popa

      The 200 hp one was withdrawn from press fleet. Apparently some mysterious malfunction following a software update. I don't have another year to wait for V.

      about 11 months ago
    • Rinesh Timoga
      Rinesh Timoga

      5:31 Haha my reaction exactly xD still like the Giulia though

      about 11 months ago
    • p1rat3cat
      p1rat3cat

      ouch!

      about 11 months ago
    • Ville Turkkinen
      Ville Turkkinen

      Good honest review mate. I always enjoy them whether the verdict´s good or bad.

      about 11 months ago
    • QuattroRMT
      QuattroRMT

      Alfa 159 looks soooo much better than Giulia...

      about 11 months ago
    • Commentator541
      Commentator541 In reply to QuattroRMT

      Brera is the most beautifullcar they have made, and it shares it's fron end with 159! Gorgeous! Stelvio looks good!

      about 5 months ago
    • Rusty Galloway
      Rusty Galloway In reply to QuattroRMT

      Nope

      about 11 months ago
    • G
      G In reply to QuattroRMT

      hmmm,...i donno about that one!?

      about 11 months ago
    • Jaguar Paw
      Jaguar Paw

      I cant believe that this guy is so honest and straight forward in his videos. I watch almost all of his videos, and he say what is wrong about the car, those small things that make difference in PRACTICALITY of driving every day. Not all would say that you cant see traffic lights because windshield is too narrow, also those things about Rome Giulia AC, motor sound, turning off start/stop and so on. I think there is lack of honesty in all segments of society thats why this is so REFRESHING. I hope this guy would get more subs because of good honest work. I wish him all the best in the future

      about 11 months ago
    • Rohan W
      Rohan W In reply to Jaguar Paw

      This is why I love his reviews, totally unbiased and says it as it is.

      about 11 months ago
    • Mattes Rocket
      Mattes Rocket In reply to Jaguar Paw

      I couldn't express it better. ...it's really important to know also these little points he talks about...

      about 11 months ago
    • T H-L
      T H-L

      Another great video Marek - keep them coming!!!

      about 11 months ago
    • roki977
      roki977

      Nice juicy details..Those things counts these days and not many are talking about them in reviews like start and stop, climate etc..

      about 11 months ago
    • Sonnenschein Sommer
      Sonnenschein Sommer In reply to roki977

      :-)) :-)) :-))

      about 11 months ago
    • roki977
      roki977 In reply to roki977

      I switch her off first..

      about 11 months ago
    • Sonnenschein Sommer
      Sonnenschein Sommer In reply to roki977

      preflight :-)) :-)) do your girlfriend / wife always have to say "checked" after each switch?

      about 11 months ago
    • roki977
      roki977 In reply to roki977

      Its like i am in plane and do preflight procedure but mostly switching things off..

      about 11 months ago
    • Sonnenschein Sommer
      Sonnenschein Sommer In reply to roki977

      I agree these things count... I for example hate so much when I set any funktion e.g. "off" and when I restart the car that thing is "on" again, then I bite into the steering wheel!

      about 11 months ago
    • dalius titovas
      dalius titovas

      it's pretty rubbish or maybe pretty but rubbish

      about 11 months ago
    • Commentator541
      Commentator541 In reply to dalius titovas

      If you have ever actually bothered to notice these things on other brands, you would find many. Evoque has a fading interior, so does the C class(and it also stains your clothes), ML has it's transmission braking all the time, GLC has bad stability control and eats tires like cupcakes, A6 3 liter likes to consume a lot of oil... BMW i3 can stall when switching from battery to extended range and fails side impact tests. and so on and so on.

      about 5 months ago
    • David Yule
      David Yule In reply to dalius titovas

      It is actually a good car. I have a Giulia and it is very good. What is not mentioned at all in the video is how the engine technology is years ahead of the German competition.
      I am not saying that it is a car without fault, there are some little things that leave you asking why on earth would you do it like that?! But, when you drive one and feel just how much better it is than an Audi, BMW or Merc they become insignificant. You learn not to notice little things, but you never learn to not notice the way a car drives as this is the primary function. So you have two options: You can choose a car produced in Germany, and yes, many of those little irritants are not there as it is engineered to within an inch of its life in so many ways. Or, you can choose an Alfa and the drivability is at a completely different level plus the car has so much more character.
      End of the day we all have our own list of priorities and choose accordingly. I made my choice and do not regret for a minute.

      about 9 months ago
    • UTE TV
      UTE TV In reply to dalius titovas

      Poor engineering design. FCA have a poor track record of reliability and in the past looks could distract you from the "little things" today even the Koreans build high quality good looking cars. Better off waiting for some lease buyer to move it on after 18 months of frustration when the sales gloss wears off.

      about 11 months ago
    • dalius titovas
      dalius titovas In reply to dalius titovas

      sure it can drive and looks nice, but how someone can pass car for production with so many little things stating "we just don't care about user experience", Marek has listed them very clearly and for me this would be total deal breaker, hope it will improve, as you said, because it is just not enough to have egotistic badge, pretty looks and poorly copy some details from 3series.

      about 11 months ago
    • Mattes Rocket
      Mattes Rocket In reply to dalius titovas

      just prubbish!

      about 11 months ago
    • Dieter Fontaine
      Dieter Fontaine

      @Marek Drives will you review the Stelvio?

      about 11 months ago
    • Dieter Fontaine
      Dieter Fontaine In reply to Dieter Fontaine

      Marek Drives thanks for the fast response. Can't wait to hear you're opinion about it.

      about 11 months ago
    • Marek Drives
      Marek Drives In reply to Dieter Fontaine

      I'm supposed to pick it up in 10 days. Unless FCA thinks its unwise to let me test drive it :)

      about 11 months ago