A luxury sport sedan with an iconic name and heritage, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is perfect for buyers who want Italian tradition and cachet at a sub-Ferrari price. Although the top-trim Giulia Quadrifoglio isn't exactly a basement bargain, it's priced competitively with other European sport sedans. It's a worthy alternative for those seeking something different from the standard choices.
All-new for 2017, the Giulia expands Alfa Romeo's U.S. presence after a long absence, a milestone marked by the introduction of the small, mid-engine Alfa Romeo 4C sports car. But Alfa's long history of building sport sedans, as well as performance roadsters and racers, makes the Giulia's revival a significant step toward a full-line resurgence.
The entry-level Giulia comes with a peppy turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 280 horsepower. Stepping up to the Quadrifoglio delivers more performance from a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 (505 hp, 443 pound-feet of torque) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Giulia Quadrifoglio can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 mph, according to Alfa Romeo.
The 2017 Giulia returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).
With a claimed 50/50 weight balance, active sport suspension and steering tuned for excellent feedback, the Quadrifoglio delivers exceptional handling capability. All Giulia models allow drivers to dial in performance, economy or normal settings that control suspension, engine and transmission response, while the Quadrifoglio adds a race mode that unleashes additional power from the turbo system and expands the car's handling limits.
The Giulia oozes Italian style, and the Quadrifoglio interior boasts an array of high-quality leather, Alcantara and carbon-fiber materials, comfortable seats and intuitive controls. The rear seats lack the kind of legroom found in rival sport sedans, but headroom is adequate.
The top-trim Quadrifoglio comes with heated seats, performance tires and brakes, and an infotainment system that includes navigation and voice or gesture control. Carbon-ceramic brakes and a package of driver safety aids are among the few available options. When you're ready, let Edmunds help find the right 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia for you.
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