Beautifully smooth drive; passengers often can’t believe the speed we’re at.I saw a video about the car and instantly loved it. At the time the price was too high though. I kept working and waiting and found a deal I could do.
What has surprised me the most about the car is first of all I still love it now as much as I did when I bought it. But let's be honest, that engine is incredible. Just the fact there is no turbo wheezing at redline is awesome. It just pulls and the ride doesn't indicate how fast you are going.
To answer the actual question . . . I arrived at the Giulia as most others seemed to have arrived at it. I was looking for a fun-to-drive compact sports sedan that I didn't see all the time. I had owned both a Kia Stinger and an Audi S6 in the recent past, and while both were great cars in their own right, they're really Autobahn cruisers and a bit too big to be fun in the curves. The new G20 3-series is much improved over the previous F30, but around here it seems like three of them would drive by in the time it takes me to blink. The same could be said about the Audi A4, although to a slightly lesser degree. So I went with the Giulia.I actually never test drove my Giulia. In fact - until I drove it off the lot after signing the paperwork, I'd never driven a Giulia at all.
Love this one, first time someone in the thread mentions it; I've been a bit more boring in my garage...it's been 90% domestic-US (i.e., Chevrolet, Pontiac, Jeep, etc.) with the occasional interest in Tesla v. Audi (the 10%). The pathway to the Giulia was basically Tesla (much more my wife pushing than honest interest) v. Audi v. Alfa Romeo and I went Italian...no regrets.Also, from a "historical" perspective, prior to getting the Giulia I'd owned cars from Sweden, Germany, Britain, Japan, and Korea, but I'd never owned an Italian car. So that was also a consideration for me.
Agreed here as well, I was looking at some lower and higher price points for Audi and Tesla, without necessarily thinking I could afford an Alfa Romeo. Was shocked when I actually did the homework and realized there were some solid dealership deals around that made it more than feasible.As is often mentioned here, I assumed it was at a much higher price point.
It's a fun conundrum, we love the exclusivity but it's hard to make sense of the fact they're actually exclusive. Alfa marketing seems to be the simplest answer.I agree with earlier comments that Alfa should just persuade people to test-drive them, and they will be hooked. I don't understand why they aren't much more popular (but I do enjoy the exclusivity!)
Great story!Turns out the Lion King’s circle of life also applies to automobiles. I learned to drive in 1969 on my dad’s 1965 Giulia Sprint GT. My first car was a Giulia Super 1300. So fast forward 60 years and my last car is now my 2018 Giulia Ti Sport. So for me, Alfa is in my DNA. The biggest and best surprise with the Ti Sport is all the things available for customization today. I have two pages of add-ons and I have yet to touch the mechanicals. The other thing which came as no surprise to me is the top notch quality and reliability. No problems at all. I have a great Alfa dealer here in Pensacola which makes all the difference in the world. Get to know your dealer and work together as a team.
Early 20s and a qv? very nice!Alfa Romeo was not on my radar at all until Jeremy Clarkson's Grand Tour review of the QV. I thought wow, that is one good looking car that makes one great noise. I was in college at the time, and I remember several times I'd be driving around in my WRX with my younger brother and we'd see a Giulia and get excited trying to figure out if it was a "Quadroformagio".
Fast forward to 2021, graduated and working as an engineer. I start shopping for a replacement for the WRX as a 130,000 mile turbo Subaru motor is a ticking time bomb. I found a super sweet 996 911 Turbo at a dealer in Atlanta and fell in love.
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I started working on financing and scheduled a test drive for the upcoming weekend. The day before, the dealer sold it out from under me. Since we were already planning on going down, I whipped up a list of other things I was interested in test driving. While compiling the list I thought "Oh man, I'd never own one [something something Alfa reliability] but it would be cool to go test drive a Quadrifoglio while I have financing in hand." Headed down there, test drove a Model Y performance, Lexus RCF, Civic Type R, C6 Z06 Hennessey heads cam intake package, QV, then GT350. After driving the QV, I messaged my car buddies groupchat, "F*** boys, Quad is the one." It was everything Jeremy Clarkson had extolled and more. My favorite moment was when I found race mode, it got loud (and a lot more fun) and a couple minutes later the sales guy from the back seat went "Did you turn traction control off?!" and I just told him "I don't know, I just hit buttons until it got louder!"
I spent a week trying to convince myself not to do it. The maintenance, the reliability, etc. When my wife told me that the QV put the biggest smile on my face by far, that sealed it for me. Found the spec I wanted, flew to West Palm Beach, drove it back through the night, and went to work at 7AM. Don't regret it one bit, though I do think I would have been happy with the CTR or the Z06 too.
Was discussing this topic earlier with a colleague; he's a big Japanese Domestic (JDM) car owner. The conversation made me reflect on my own decision to invest in an Alfa and got me curious to see how others on here would answer the same question.
I worked in an autobody shop when in HS and they worked on many Alfas and i got do drive a spider and a couple of GTVs .
Loved the way they looked and drove but I could not afford one. By the time I could, Alfa had left the market so in 2017 I purchased a Giulia as soon as they became available and now driving a 2021 Giulia. Just as back in HS, they look and drive great !