Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.2d (ENG) - Test Drive and Review

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
As tested: ~50 000 euro

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Comments

    • 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago
    • Colin Mclean
      Colin Mclean

      Sounds like a Massey-Ferguson at start up.

      about 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days ago
    • Timmy Picton
      Timmy Picton

      Could u review the Lexus GS facelift, please?

      about 6 days ago
    • Marek Drives
      Marek Drives In reply to Timmy Picton

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

      about 6 days 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 6 days 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 7 days 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 7 days 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 6 days ago
    • R Mac
      R Mac In reply to R Mac

      Fammi sapere se non capisci

      about 6 days 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 6 days 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 7 days 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 7 days 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 6 days 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 7 days ago
    • Rinesh Timoga
      Rinesh Timoga

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

      about 7 days ago
    • p1rat3cat
      p1rat3cat

      ouch!

      about 7 days ago
    • Ville Turkkinen
      Ville Turkkinen

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

      about 7 days ago
    • QuattroRMT
      QuattroRMT

      Alfa 159 looks soooo much better than Giulia...

      about 7 days ago
    • Rusty Galloway
      Rusty Galloway In reply to QuattroRMT

      Nope

      about 6 days ago
    • Le Moulin De La Galette
      Le Moulin De La Galette In reply to QuattroRMT

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

      about 7 days 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 7 days ago
    • Ro W
      Ro W In reply to Jaguar Paw

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

      about 5 days 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 7 days ago
    • T H-L
      T H-L

      Another great video Marek - keep them coming!!!

      about 7 days 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 7 days ago
    • Sonnenschein Sommer
      Sonnenschein Sommer In reply to roki977

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

      about 6 days ago
    • roki977
      roki977 In reply to roki977

      I switch her off first..

      about 6 days ago
    • Sonnenschein Sommer
      Sonnenschein Sommer In reply to roki977

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

      about 6 days ago
    • roki977
      roki977 In reply to roki977

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

      about 7 days 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 7 days ago
    • dalius titovas
      dalius titovas

      it's pretty rubbish or maybe pretty but rubbish

      about 7 days 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 6 days 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 6 days ago
    • Mattes Rocket
      Mattes Rocket In reply to dalius titovas

      just prubbish!

      about 7 days ago
    • Julian Rozentur
      Julian Rozentur In reply to dalius titovas

      Not rubbish, go drive one and you will change your mind. it has annoyances as it is first release year. The petrol 2.0 version is the one to drive

      about 7 days ago
    • Dieter Fontaine
      Dieter Fontaine

      @Marek Drives will you review the Stelvio?

      about 7 days 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 7 days 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 7 days ago