Everyone should own an Alfa at some point. This is a very good one to go for.
If you’re a proper petrolhead then chances are you’re always going to have a lot of appreciation for a fast saloon.
There’s just something about it – the stance, the lines and the fact that you can still carry five people and a bunch of shopping in the boot.
And if you’re really a petrolhead then the idea of a fast Alfa Romeo saloon is definitely going to get you going.
Step forward the Giulia and, more specifically, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Let’s just digest the stats for a moment.
This four-door saloon, with proper seats and a boot, is powered by a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 engine.
Fair dos, not overly exciting, you might be tempted to think. The thing is, though, it’s been dialled up to a whopping 510hp.
That means 62mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. That’s one hundred and ninety miles per hour. In a four-door saloon.
And it’s phenomenal, frankly.
There are several drive modes and suspension settings, all of which can be combined however you like.
That means you can turn your Alfa Q from a comfortable road cruiser to a frankly obscene track-orientated beast with the touch of a button.
It goes well in ‘normal’ mode, very well in fact, but put it in ‘dynamic’ and you’ve got an absolute howling animal of a car. And that’s before you put it into ‘race’ mode, which just makes it amazing.
The sound is beautiful, the handling phenomenal and the grip glue-like.
For proper petrolheads it doesn’t get much better than this.
And then just look at it. It’s low and menacing, a proper sports saloon, with that beautifully angry Alfa face.
It’s wonderful. Sure, there are some brilliant rivals out there, such as the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Jaguar XE and Audi A4, but there’s just something about an Alfa, isn’t there?
If you can’t afford the £59,000 for the Q, fear not, because the standard Giulia is also really rather good to drive.
For a good £30k less it still looks good. The handling is still very precise and there’s still lots of grip.
There are two diesels (sorry Alfa purists) available – either a 150hp or 180hp variants of a 2.2 turbo unit.
For those without money to burn it’s a tempting option, with combined mpg at 67 and CO2 at 109g/km. interestingly, that applies to both power outputs.
The petrols aren’t bad, either, a 2.0 turbo making 47 to the gallon and CO2 of 138g/km. You can have 200hp or 280hp, for a top speed of 149mph.
We drove the diesel, as it goes, and you might not think you'd have an Alfa with an oil-burner under the bonnet couple to an automatic box, but it's still engaging.
Sure, petrolheads will want the manual petrol, but the auto is smooth and tight and the 2.2 diesel 180 is punchy, especially in dynamic mode.
Indeed, it was hard to take it out of this mode as it just felt a little flat otherwise, but dialling it down is a good thing for everyday efficiency.
We found that 40mpg is easily achievable when you're not having fun in dynamic mode.
Kit across the range includes rear parking sensors, land departure warning, auto emergency braking, heated seats and sporty trim.
The only slight let down is that the infotainment system is dated and clunky.
Inputting a postcode on the sat nav is like dialling an old fashioned phone, which isn’t what you want when you’re sitting somewhere late at night in the dark just trying to get where you want to go.
But overall the inside is nicely done, though it doesn't quite match the quality of rivals like Audi.
Being as it is a four-door saloon, there’s good rear space and a big boot.
They’re no denying, whether it be the standard car or the brute that is the Quadrifoglio, the Giulia is an excellent sports saloon with that bit of Alfa magic.
1. It looks fantastic.
2. The Quadrifoglio goes like stink.
3. All models are good to drive.
We don't like:
1. You’ll need at least £30k to join the club.
2. Nothing else.
3. Nothing else.
Most fun: The Quadrifoglio is fabulous.
Most sensible: The diesels offer good figures.
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