Alfa Romeo’s latest sedan can be a stunner even in its non-Quadrifoglio form. Joseph from CarAndDriver had a Giulia 2.0T RWD in his hands of a week and proclaimed its design a slam-dunk with fabulous handling to boot.
After sitting behind the wheel for a short time, he took note of the Giulia’s nearly ideal ride/handling balance and of the lively steering. The steering rack is perfectly weighted and communicative with just enough driver feedback. Combined with almost 50/50 weight distribution (49.8 percent front, 50.2 percent rear) and you have a graceful canyon carver in your hands.
Sure the Giulia’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine may not stand out when placed beside its QV sibling, but its 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque is still impressive. Though in a 0-60mph test, the Giulia’s time of 5.7 seconds puts it behind the Audi A4 by 0.5 seconds and the BMW 330i by 0.3. A marginal difference that may not matter to most drivers.
What may deter potential brand advocates is the lack of a manual gearbox. Controlled by large paddle shifters, only the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is available in the States. Another concern raised was of the Giulia’s build quality. Apparently the test vehicle’s sunroof called it quits and the Bluetooth system kept disconnecting with a paired phone.
“But what Alfa’s album might lack in production quality, it makes up for with its enthralling, lively, and distinctive character.”