FIRST DRIVE: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia – Your Sexy Italian Sports Sedan

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Alfa Romeo was founded in Milan, Italy in 1910. The company has a history of building beautiful cars with a performance aesthetic, but that history also includes a long absence from the US market. Now they’re back with the beautiful Giulia sedan joining the recently introduced 4C Coupe and 4C Spider.

It’s a tough time to introduce a car like the Giulia. Everyone is flocking to SUVs and crossovers, but there are still those who want a car that’s more about performance than hauling people and cargo around town. That’s where the Alfa Romeo Giulia fits into the picture. It’s for people who love to drive with a luxurious interior and performance chops that will have you searching for the nearest track.


The base Giulia and Giulia Ti have an all-new 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, direct injection turbo engine with 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You could say it’s fast with a 0-60 mph time under 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.

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In case that’s not fast enough, there’s the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Sitting at the top of the Giulia lineup, it has a Ferrari-derived V6 bi-turbo engine with 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. It’s most definitely fast.

There are also high-performance Brembo brakes, standard active damping, and bragging rights for setting an impressive record. Its 7:32 lap time around Nürburgring make it the fastest ever four-door production sedan.


The roof, spoiler, and hood are carbon fiber in the Quadrifoglio to help reduce weight and improve performance. There’s also an active aero front splitter, functional air intakes, and quad exhaust to round it out nicely.

The Quadrifoglio is beautiful with its four-leaf clover emblem proudly displayed on the front fenders and strong lines that give it sports car appeal. Enjoy a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph that will take your breath away. The Giulia is a sedan, but underneath is a sports car waiting to let loose.

On the road, you’ll find the Giulia in all its guises is a pleasure to drive. The interior is adorned with rich leathers in a wide range of colors with unique accent stitching and real wood trims that create a warm and welcoming interior. Seating is heavily bolstered without being so tight that it’s uncomfortable. That bolstering holds you firmly in your seat on tight corners and will make you want to seek out the most winding route possible to your destination.


Alter your drive experience with the DNA Drive Mode Selector by choosing either Dynamic, Natural, or Advanced Efficiency. Dynamic sharpens it up for a more responsive ride while Natural tones it back down for more relaxed daily driving. Dynamic is fun, but on rougher roads it’s harsh making Natural a more comfortable and enjoyable choice. Choose Advanced Efficiency for improved fuel economy using cylinder deactivation.

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The Quadrifoglio adds Race mode for those days spent at the track. Race mode enables over-boost and opens the two-mode exhaust. It also gives sharper brake and steering feel and includes launch control, because what’s a performance car without launch control?

On the track, the car comes into its own with a luscious exhaust note that thrums through the cabin as you shift and precise steering that makes for easy handling. It helps you quickly recover should you push things further than your skills allow.


You can get your fancy Italian sedan with all-wheel drive, but only in the Giulia and Giulia Ti. Unfortunately, the Quadrifoglio is only available with rear-wheel drive. This makes sense given its performance focus but is a letdown for those who live in snowy climes.

The interior of the Giulia is elegant and uncluttered putting the focus on driving. Small details like the Quadrifoglio emblem hidden in the instrument cluster and available green and white contrast stitching add extra appeal without creating distraction. The one garish element in the interior is the bright red start button on the flat-bottomed steering wheel, but it suits the Giulia’s style.


Infotainment includes either a 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch widescreen display controlled by a dial on the center console. It functions like a joystick and makes navigating menus easy. There are also two USB ports up front and one in the rear since this is, after all, a sedan. Rear passengers aren’t forgotten with comfortable seats and room enough for most people to sit comfortably.

Alfa Romeo builds cars that provide more than simply a way of getting from one place to the next. They build cars that will get you there with a smile on your face and have you taking the long way every time. The Alfa Romeo Giulia delivers a comfortable ride for everyday driving and the performance enthusiasts crave in a car that stands out from the pack.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin