2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review
- Strong turbocharged engine lineup
- Sleek interior
- High performance of the Quadrifoglio model
- Rear seat space is tight for the class
- Base-model seats are flat and uncomfortable
- Trunk space is adequate but awkward to access
- Previous Ti Sport trim renamed Veloce
- Part of the first Giulia generation introduced in 2017
Do you yearn to drive something different? Most small luxury sedans these days can seem pretty cookie-cutter. Enter the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia, a small luxury sedan with distinctive styling, athletic reflexes and an interior that feels like a tailored suit for the driver. Compared to something like an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series, the Alfa Romeo Giulia stands out in a crowd. Giulia sales are comparatively small too, furthering the car's exclusive vibe.
The base Giulia comes with a 280-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is fun and lively to drive. And if you want to take that special feeling to the next level, there's the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio, with its 505-horsepower V6. The Giulia isn't without its faults — take a look at our Expert Rating to read our in-depth analysis — but its personality is a perfect antidote to small luxury sedan blandness.
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 to achieve this goal.
How does the Giulia drive?
Even powered by the standard turbocharged four-cylinder, the Alfa Romeo Giulia feels like a proper sport 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 the Giulia?
The Giulia is a sport sedan first and foremost, but 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?
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?
The Giulia's tech falls short of what class leaders offer. 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?
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’s the fuel economy?
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, for instance, averaged 31.3 mpg.
Is the Giulia a good value?
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.
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?
Alfa Romeo Giulia models
The 2022 Giulia is available in four main trim levels: Sprint, Ti, Veloce 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).
Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 17 City / 25 Hwy / 20 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.3 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
- V6 cylinder
- Horsepower: 505 hp @ 6500 rpm
- Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
- Length: 182.5 in. / Height: 56.1 in.
- Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.7 in.
- Curb Weight: 3806 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A
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.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. the competition
2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Stelvio is the SUV relative of the Giulia, which means they will feel very similar behind the wheel. It ultimately comes down to your needs. If you need more room for cargo and passengers, go with the Stelvio. If you prefer the sleeker sedan look and sportier handling, stick with the Giulia.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. Audi A4
The Audi A4 leans more toward luxury and technology in a more reserved body style. It will offer more tech, but it isn't as powerful as the Giulia — and it won't have the same Italian style. But the Audi is better suited to coddle its driver with a nice interior and quiet drive.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series has a premium but somewhat boring interior design compared to the Giulia's. It's also not quite as involving to drive. But BMW does offer a midrange M340i model that has a 382-horsepower six-cylinder engine. There's no equivalent in the Giulia; you get either the base four-cylinder or ramp all the way up the Qudrifoglio, which is more equivalent to the high-performance BMW M3.
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What's new in the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia:
- Previous Ti Sport trim renamed Veloce
- Part of the first Giulia generation introduced in 2017
Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia reliable?
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How much should I pay for a 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia?
The least-expensive 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia is the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $78,650.
Other versions include:
- Quadrifoglio 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $78,650