2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia
If you’re looking the essence of Alfa Romeo today, look no further than the Giulia sedan.
It remains the only “car” in a growing lineup of SUVs. Yet, it has all of the DNA of Alfa Romeos of the past.
What if you wanted a sporty Italian number to live out your automotive fantasies? Let us walk you through a 2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia.
You cannot deny its classic design roots. The shield grille is crowned with the iconic badge of the serpent and the colors of Milan. The rest of the exterior is curvy as you expect from an Alfa Romeo. Needless to say, things are looking quite good here.
Step inside and you will come to appreciate the mix of Alfa Romeo traditional elements – instrument dials, for example – and uniquely modern touches. The instrument binnacle is modern, with a TFT screen in-between the dials. Though the fuel and temperature gauges could be a bit of a challenge to those expecting something more analog. The flat-bottomed steering wheel has the ignition button attached to it – something you don't see on a lot of cars today.
The center console is wide, with a shift-by-wire-type transmission lever. The big knob in the console operates the infotainment screen. The readouts are fine and the controls quite easy to use.
Seating is comfortable with plenty of room up front. Rear seat room is fine, but taller people will find headroom a bit of a challenge. Your head might end up in the panoramic roof insert. The rear seat is also a bit hard for comfort. Trunk space is also a bit on the small side with a decent load-in from the bumper.
Powering this Giulia is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Connected to this turbocharged motor is an 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. It offers smooth delivery and lots of power. The acceleration is fantastic. For fuel economy, we averaged 26.4 MPG.
The ride quality is firm, but it keeps the Giulia in control in the corners and the turns. You expect this in an Alfa or any car in its class. The steering system really has a mind of its own, as it produces precise turns with little effort. It does not seem real, but when you do get to control the wheel – it rewards you. It gets better when you switch the DNA system from Normal to Dynamic. Once you switch to Dynamic, everything that is firm already becomes firmer.
The braking system felt soft as the vacuum boost was a bit long for normal stops to occur. Give it a sudden stop – and it will do exactly that. It did turn in relatively decent stops in normal, panic, and wet conditions.
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia is available in six trims – including the high performance Quadrifoglio model equipped with a twin-turbocharged V6. Pricing starts from $44,820. Our Lusso tester came with a sticker price of $54,030.
Some would say that an Alfa Romeo is beyond comparison. This is an image-conscious market segment that feeds those looking to move upmarket. Its competitors include the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Acura TLX, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, Genesis G70, Volvo S60, the Cadillac CT4 and CT5.
Even with the leadership of SUV sales, luxury sports sedans are desirable for the reason that they excite the soul. Alfa Romeo offers a choice in this segment that fulfills its mission with style and performance.
Credits: CarSoup Editors