2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

What’s new

  • Revised trim levels and option packages
  • Part of the first Giulia generation introduced in 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Strong turbocharged engine lineup
  • Sleek interior
  • High performance of the Quadrifoglio model
  • Infotainment system has an easy user interface
  • Rear-seat space is tight for the class
  • The base-model seats are flat and uncomfortable
  • Trunk space is adequate but awkward to access
  • Noticeable engine and road noise
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2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review

You have plenty of good choices for a small luxury sedan. But when you really get down to it, these well-intentioned four-doors can seem a bit stale. Handsome but derivative styling? Check. Well-appointed but soulless interior? Yep. Sanitized driving experience? Drive one and you've driven them all. But there is one sedan that stands out: the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Partially by virtue of Alfa's small vehicle lineup, the Giulia's interior looks like nothing else on the market (well, except the Stelvio SUV with which it shares a common platform). Equal parts high-tech and sporty, the cabin looks every bit worthy of the Giulia's premium price tag. And even a short stint behind the wheel reveals the Giulia's sport sedan credentials, with superb steering feel and responsive handling. There's also the Quadrifoglio with its bonkers 505-horsepower V6. The Giulia isn't faultless — check out our Expert Rating to read our in-depth analysis — but its personality is a perfect antidote to small luxury sedan blandness.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.4 / 10
For a certain kind of buyer looking for a focused sport sedan, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a must-have. There's really no other entry-level four-door that comes close to matching its superb driving dynamics and unique road presence. But many will be put off by the compromises to passenger comfort and overall refinement it makes in its achieving this goal.

How does it drive?

8.0
Even powered by the standard turbocharged four-cylinder, the Alfa Romeo Giulia feels like a proper sports sedan. Its 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds is among the segment's quickest for a base engine-equipped vehicle, and it feels even quicker thanks to the significant punch of acceleration once the turbo engages. The steering wheel is nicely weighted, and the body responds quickly to steering inputs. Handling is superb, with little body roll and razor-sharp accuracy. Be sure to opt for summer tires if you want a good time; selecting the all-seasons severely degrades driving pleasure.

A few faults drag down this score. The brakes clamp on pretty hard at the top of the pedal stroke and again right before coming to a stop, making smooth stops virtually impossible. The transmission also isn't quick to downshift when you really dig in for more speed.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
Though the Giulia is a sport sedan first and foremost, it's also reasonably comfortable. The front seats are well shaped and have plenty of adjustments to dial in the right position. The rears are also pleasant, with good lower back support. The ride rarely feels rough and is never skittish. Only cracked road surfaces transmit hard thunks into the cabin. And we love the sound of the Giulia's throaty exhaust.

But most of these highlights are balanced against pitfalls. The seats have intrusive, unyielding thigh bolsters, and most drivers will rest their legs on top. The interior also lets in a lot of tire noise, and the engine that sounds great when wrung out is also hollow at low rpm. The automatic climate system underestimates airflow needs.

How’s the interior?

7.0
Some controls are oddly placed, and though the infotainment system supports both touchscreen and dial inputs, the latter can't control everything displayed. You'll have to use the screen to select a radio preset, for instance. The Giulia is hard to get in and out of because the middle pillar is pushed far forward — which hampers front access — and wheel arches that intrude into rear passenger space. And once you finally do get inside, headroom is tight especially in the back.

The driver is the focus here, as evidenced by the attention to detail placed on this position. The seat and steering wheel are highly adjustable, and the armrests are at the perfect height for relaxed cruising. The metal shift paddles attached to the steering column are deeply satisfying to pull. And visibility is pretty good despite the compromised over-the-shoulder view due to the position of the middle pillar.

How’s the tech?

6.5
The Giulia's tech falls short of class leaders. The voice controls, in particular, are seriously deficient compared to more comprehensive Audi, BMW and Mercedes systems. The system appears to support natural language recognition until you say something it doesn't understand and a structured menu list pops up. Navigation input is cumbersome, and point-of-interest search rarely works. And while there are plenty of ports and pads to charge your devices, phone integration is poor. Bluetooth is slow to connect, so if you had a podcast at high volume playing when you turned off the car, upon restart, the radio will absolutely blast you away.

There are a few highlights. The available Harman Kardon audio system sounds crisp and punchy, and the driver safety aids, while a little too sensitive, work well overall.

How’s the storage?

6.5
Utility takes a back seat to performance, but the Giulia isn't a mere weekend car. At 13.4 cubic feet, the trunk offers more ultimate storage than most rivals, and there are enough storage spaces inside the car to stash your everyday gear. Numerous cubbies and pockets, though small, are spread throughout the cabin.

As usual, the negatives come down to execution. While the trunk itself is large, the top edge of the trunk is almost in line horizontally with the bottom edge. So you don't drop items into the trunk as much as you bend over and slide them in, like you do with an oven. Put anything as far forward as the rear seatbacks, and you'll have to climb into the trunk to retrieve it. And though car seat anchors are easily accessible, the small door apertures and tight rear space will require moving the front seats to make a child safety seat fit.

How economical is it?

6.5
The all-wheel-drive Giulia gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway). This is typical for a compact luxury sedan with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, but once you consider its superior acceleration, the Giulia gleams a little brighter. However, it earned 25.9 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route; typically we see results between the combined and highway numbers. A BMW 330i xDrive on the same route averaged 31.3 mpg, for instance.

Is it a good value?

7.0
The Giulia starts just north of $40,000, and our Ti Sport AWD test car, with all manner of bells and whistles, stickered for more than $55,000. It's actually not bad compared to the cost of similarly equipped rivals from Mercedes and BMW, though other sedans from Acura, Lexus and Volvo are generally priced lower.

Its cabin design is attractive and distinct, with ample use of leather, aluminum and soft-touch plastic. It seems like you get what you pay for. Still, our test car had a persistent rattle and wonky phone integration system.

Like most in the class, Alfa offers four years/50,000 miles of coverage for both its basic and powertrain warranties. Roadside assistance is covered for four years/unlimited miles, and the first maintenance visit is free. Many Alfa models have shown questionable reliability, though, so proceed with caution.

Wildcard

9.0
The Giulia has personality in spades. While the back end looks a little anonymous, the avian front end is distinctive — in a good way. Its interior, likewise, doesn't look like anything else out there. Satisfying steering, sublime handling, grippy seats, a rorty four-cylinder ... there are perhaps no other cars (with base engines) in this segment more engaging or fun to drive. Wonky brakes and a slightly laggy transmission are the only blemishes in an otherwise faultless driving experience. With the Giulia, you will likely know right away if it's the car for you.

Which Giulia does Edmunds recommend?

We like the base Sprint model; it comes loaded with features that often cost extra on rivals, making it something of a bargain. But the Giulia's wealth of customization options really opens up on the Ti and Ti Sport trims. Both turn this well-equipped luxury sedan into something truly special.

Alfa Romeo Giulia models

The 2021 Giulia is available in four main trim levels: Sprint, Ti, Ti Sport and the high-performance Quadrifoglio. The first three are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (280 horsepower, 306 lb-ft) matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Quadrifoglio is rear-wheel-drive only and uses a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine (505 hp, 443 lb-ft).

Sprint
The base Giulia Sprint starts you off with:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)

Ti
Upgrading to the midlevel Ti adds:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Navigation system
  • Front parking sensors
  • Heated steering wheel and heated front seats

Ti Sport
On top of the Ti's equipment, the Ti Sport adds:

  • Limited-slip rear differential (can enhance traction when accelerating)
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Extendable thigh cushion and side bolster adjustment for front seats
  • Sport front seats

Quadrifoglio
In addition to Ti Sport upgrades, the high-performance Quadrifoglio includes:

  • Summer performance tires
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Torque-vectoring differential
  • Active aerodynamics
  • Carbon-fiber body panels
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Carbon-fiber interior trim
  • Faux suede seat inserts
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system

There are a few key option packages to look out for, including:

  • Active Assist 1 package
    • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
    • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Alfa Romeo and the car in front)
    • Front parking sensors
  • Active Assist 2 package
    • Active Assist 1 package
    • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the Giulia back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Lusso package
    • Extended leather trim
    • Wood veneers
    • Air filtration system
  • Premium package
    • Heated rear seats
    • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
    • Wireless charging pad
  • Sun and Sound package
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • 10-speaker audio system

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    Features & Specs

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    MSRP$45,900
    MPG 24 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower280 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
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    Horsepower280 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
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    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Giulia safety features:

    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Maintains a set interval from the vehicle ahead and can bring the vehicle to a stop without driver intervention.
    Forward Collision Warning Plus
    Warns of an impending collision and, in some circumstances, brings the vehicle to a stop if a collision appears imminent.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Puts out a buzzing noise to alert you if you're drifting out of your lane.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. the competition

    Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. Alfa Romeo Stelvio

    The Giulia shares a platform with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio small SUV, giving these two vehicles a similar feel from behind the wheel. The two are variations on a theme, and if you don't mind paying a little more for additional passenger and cargo room, the Stelvio is for you. If you don't need the extra space, though, the Giulia is a little more exciting to drive.

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    Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. Audi A4

    The Audi A4 is a relaxed cruiser and a technological tour de force. In other words, the Audi is everything the Alfa Romeo isn't. These are two very different approaches to the luxury sedan formula. The A4 is a willing partner if you're in the mood for a sensible sedan with lots of tech. But if you want something that stirs the soul, the Alfa is the way to go.

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    Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. BMW 3 Series

    The BMW 3 Series has a classic BMW interior layout, a good amount of room, and can be comfortable as long as you don't spec the M Sport package. You can also get the middle-range 382-horsepower M340i — there's no comparable trim in the Giulia. Still, the Giulia wins the sport sedan battle with more flair and sharper steering and handling.

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    FAQ

    Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Giulia both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about Alfa Romeo Giulia fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Giulia gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Alfa Romeo Giulia. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia:

    • Revised trim levels and option packages
    • Part of the first Giulia generation introduced in 2017
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    Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia reliable?

    To determine whether the Alfa Romeo Giulia is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Giulia. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Giulia's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Giulia and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Giulia is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

    The least-expensive 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $39,450.

    Other versions include:

    • Ti Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $45,900
    • Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $44,700
    • Ti Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $47,900
    • Sprint 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $39,450
    • Ti 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $42,700
    • Quadrifoglio 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $74,750
    • Sprint 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,450
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    What are the different models of Alfa Romeo Giulia?

    If you're interested in the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the next question is, which Giulia model is right for you? Giulia variants include Ti Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Ti Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Sprint 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Giulia models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

    2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Overview

    The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is offered in the following submodels: Giulia Sedan, Giulia Quadrifoglio. Available styles include Ti Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Ti Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Quadrifoglio 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Sprint 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Sprint 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Ti 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Giulia.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Giulia featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,945. The average price paid for a new 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,837 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,540. The average price paid for a new 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,211 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,211 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,329.

    The average savings for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

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    2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,840. The average price paid for a new 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,115 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,115 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,725.

    The average savings for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 9% below the MSRP.

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