I have owned 67 cars since 1974. Many of them were high performance or luxury vehicles. From all the world's major companies. (BMW x4, Audi x2, Mercedes x2, Lincoln x2, Cadillac x3, Porsche x3, Saab x2 to name only a few) In that collection which I have bought and sold, I owned 3 Alfa Romeo's pre-1995. This new Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan is BY FAR, the best car I've ever owned, period. While it is way too soon to write about reliability issues, which seem to consistently plague Italian made vehicles, I am basing my 44 yrs of car driving experience and knowledge on the car's basics. Looks, performance, handling, and practicality. I give this car the highest marks possible in each of those important categories. If you are considering leasing or buying a new 3-Series BMW, C-Class Mercedes, or Audi A4 or Lexus, please drive this car first, so you will be impressed by the overall stupendous drivability and performance of this fantastic Italian masterpiece! I can not recommend this car highly enough. But I will reserve my long term commentary regarding quality and reliability, for another day.
I have owned a 2017 Guilia TI for 3 months. There was a glitch in the voice recognition portion of the phone blue tooth funtion that was fixed after several attempts and is now functioning flawlessly. I have owned MB, BMW and Audi's and this car accelerates, stops and handles better than any vehicle I have ever owned. People are always stopping me to admire the car and ask about it. It looks as good as it drives.
Love the design. It's eye catching. The handling is incredible. The 4 cylinder sounds like a V6 and has a good growl. It's a blast to drive. It has a lot of cool features like auto wipers, collision warning, and headlights that light up the corners when you start a turn. The Harmon Kardon speakers sound great. The tech package is very simple, but it works really well and takes no time to master. My guess is while it's more basic it's probably going to be better than most systems that they try to force too many features in and they are glitchy. Slam on the breaks and the car stays flat, zero noise drive. The quality is top notch, not single defect or rattle. Only had it for a few weeks - really hoping the reliability is there too. The front sport seats are a tad hard and seem to be built for smaller people. The shifter is taking some time to get used to. That's about all I can find on the downside.
First take the car for a test drive, this is not a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, it was never meant to be. This is Italian at its best. Some reviews out there mention comparisons to the infotainment and lack of rear leg room however for myself it has been totally the fun and excitement to drive. I will admit the rear leg room can be limited however, it is ample enough for short trips with people in the back seat. This car is so much fun to drive, the pick up is great, the sound is intimidating, even for the 4 cyl. having owned since the middle of the February I was one of the only ones in the area that had one. this meant only 6 in the whole area. It has a very sexy design and gives the driver that feeling of being a part of a specialized crowd. I love it, although might not be for everyone, but it is definitely meant more many.
My first Alfa. Coming from a string of Germans and one boring Asian luxury experience. This is likely the smallest sedan I've owned, yet seems to be sufficiently roomy as a daily driver. The drive is what this car is about. It is so light, responsive, and eager to turn, that I find gravitating toward it much more often rather then 3 other vehicles we have access to. Exterior is ok. Distinctive, without flashy. Interior (mine is red) is stunning even in base model. Base seats are average - should've gone for bolstered versions. Putting mildly eccentric controls aside, including the nagging driver seat which insists on sliding back when car is shut off, the DRIVE is what this thing is all about. I compared RWD to AWD and opted for RWD. It feels significantly lighter and more responsive. Speaking of responsive, the base 4-cyclinder is hugely responsive, especially when engaging 'Dynamic' mode via control knob. The car feels quick for sure and I dare say, border line FAST. Emphasis on the feel, not actual numbers (whatever they are). After wondering about looking for a fun to drive vehicle, this appears to be a perfect choice after the first few weeks.