I see a some reviews by people who decided not to buy. I did lease one, and here's what I think. I have 3,500 miles of flawless performance on mine. This car turns heads. People stop to chat and ask about it. If you want to blend into the background, maybe it?s not the car for you. From every angle, it looks properly proportioned. The interior is beautiful, and is there a more striking logo than Alfa?s? I say ?No? Best for last. Driving it. It?s not a weekend toy. I commute interstate, NY to NJ every day. Forty five miles each way. Hence the need for the adaptive cruise and forward collision warning. This allows the car to stop and go on its own in bumper to bumper traffic. Nice. When the roads are open, and that happens even in NY, it is wonderful. The chassis feels carved from stone, yet is somehow compliant over rough patches. It is inexplicably able to take curves flat at speed yet still be comfortable. This is not a big car. It is in looks and feel more like sports sedans before they became heavy and bloated. The Giulia is light and quick and instantly responsive. My 2002 BMW 3 series 5-speed was something like that, but this has that beat. Get an Alfa.
I compared my loaded Giulia Ti Sport with other sports sedan I owned and recently test drove (Audi A4 and BMW 3 series, Maserati Ghibli). The Giulia gives a different feeling when you drive it and everyone obviously is highlighting the driving dynamics and the handling of this vehicle, but I want to stress its engineering and its quality control, that are usually exposed to old cliche' from people who actually nevere owned an Alfa or maybe had a bad experience back in the '80 so are not updated at all. The Giulia has a brand new engineering and platform and doesn't share anything from Fiat/Chrysler group. A profusion of aluminum and carbon fiber is used throughout the vehicle and the engine, steering and trasmission are a masterpiece. This, added to the racing expertise of both Alfa and Ferrari combined in this new project, reflects how wonderful is Giulia in and out. The seductive exterior design and the driving pleasure are both taken for granted by now (considered the best looking sedan with the best handling in the market) so I want to describe its quality: the interior is refined with the Luxury package added. Fit and finish is perfect, no noises coming out during the ride and the parts assembly is very accurate. Reliability has been incredible so far, not a single issue (even beating my Subaru which had a minor issue right after the purchase and a few annoyances during the time I owned it. The glitches reported on some of the earlier test models have been resolved by software updates few months ago and I purchased mine already with the SW update. In my ownership experience so far I can say that it is the best sports luxury sedan I've ever had and everytime I take it for a ride is a big pleasure for me! One last suggestion for interested buyers: pick a Ti Sport with full leather package and 19" rims. The exterior and interior style and feeling improve a lot! Finally, I wanted to address the negative "predicted" reliability that some automotive magazine and blogs like CR are always mentioning: I suggest to keep current and have a look at what is actually going on with updated surveys in Europe, where Alfa Romeo has been present continously, and actual consumer ratings, not to mention the Motortrend and Car and Driver most recent tests that lead to awards: https://www.whatcar.com/news/reliability-survey/ http://www.jdpower.com/.../Giulia/2017/consumer-reviews http://www.motortrend.com/.../alfa-romeo-giulia-2018-car.../ https://blog.caranddriver.com/a-brief-treatise-on-what.../
If you want a flat-out sports sedan, and worry about nothing else, this is 100% the car for you. It will drive better than anything else out there. However, if you want something you can drive daily and not have to worry about breaking down, then this is not the car for you. Here are the pro and cons: Pros: Best handling. Period. Cons: electrical controls will intermittently work and/or not work. The vehicle is missing sensors. There is an intermittent smell of something burning--burning oil and/or rubber smell. This is either not found by the dealer, and/or a dealer will tell you "something" needs to burn off. There is a warranty--great, but when the electronics and burning smell appear, the dealer AND Alfa itself has no idea (or flat-out-lies). The warranty therefore is useless. They will try to fix it, but either not find a problem because it's intermittent, not find it, or claim it "may" be working as designed, manual and common sense to the contrary. Overall, a great car, but not ready for "show-time." The dealer network is deficient, poorly-trained, and Alfa itself is clueless. The driving dynamics are not soo great or that much better than a BMW, Audi, or Jag to warrant buying/leasing this vehicle.
I was comparing to an Audi A4. I have had 3 A4 over the last 10 years and they have been practically trouble free. The Giulia is a delight to drive and has more unique styling than most cars on the road. It handles very well and is exciting to drive. But I each of the Giulia's I test drove (drove 3 different cars over 2 months)had some glitch that the salesman said just needed a software update. Why would you have any new car on your lot that needs an update? Nevertheless, I would have given it a fling if the dealer had been more aggressive on price. Ultimately, given the uncertain maintenance outlook, I was not going to pay a premium for the Giulia. And my Audi dealer made a great deal to keep me loyal, so I have my 4th A4.
This is a nice build for Italy. Unfortunately for myself and I weigh 167 lbs the bolstered seat are not adjustable on the part where you sit. It was the most uncomfortable seating I ever had in an automobile. For that amount of money. You do do not get a loaner vehicle for oil changes etc. and the waiting area is sub par compared to Lexus, Audi, Mercedes etc. Apples to Oranges Just because it?s car or the year ,it does not give them the right to think they have what everyone wants . Better options elsewhere considering all the factors.