MHH International Gets To Grips With Alfa Romeo’s Hot Giulia
This reviewer has a history with Alfa Romeo having owned two of the things and been frustrated and made financially poorer by them. Reliability was always an issue that lurked in the smart Alfa showrooms. Well, you can forget history; things have changed. The Giulia is the company’s best offering for years. Exquisite to look at, all the various models have something to offer and none more so than the fast and furious Quadrifoglio.
Despite the shaky reputation, the Italian marque beat off stiff competition from other European contenders from prestige brands like Audi, Mercedes, BMW and even Porsche. The car won the laurels in the performance stakes and is, arguably, the best looking among the contenders. It’s unsurprising that the Giulia sports saloon has won seven industry awards in the UK in the last 12 months alone.
Why It Won
Alfa Romeo said it would turn things around on the quality issues and it looks very much like the brand has delivered on that promise. This new Giulia super-saloon is, honestly, one of the best drivers’ cars this writer has experienced.
The engine with its glorious supercar soundtrack has more than enough power to make it very fast but also the vehicle, with its agile chassis, manages to be both smooth and linear too. Astonishingly, the ride is remarkably comfortable thanks to variable suspension, if a little cramped in the back. It’s okay for two adults but the transmission tunnel pretty much rules out a third, unless it’s a child. Oddly, the rear seats do not split, making more long luggage like skis a bit of a problem.
Combining 50:50 weight distribution, just as it should be, and with rear-wheel drive architecture, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by a 503bhp (with a mighty 600Nm of torque) Bi-Turbo V6 petrol engine. The car is willing to achieve a top speed of 191mph (where allowed!) and will accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. That’s quick for a four-door saloon.
The Look Of Love
Once seen, instantly smitten. On the road the Giulia Quadrifoglio has turned heads and captured hearts since its debut, and this has been reflected in its ever expanding trophy cabinet.
It is certainly a characterful drive. The ‘DNA’ switch mounted adjacent to the gear shift offers mode selection including the Giulia’s ‘Dynamic’ setting (also Normal, All-Weather and, beware, Race) which is wonderful. Enthusiastic drivers will live here pretty much permanently savouring the crackly exhaust note and increased throttle response from that mighty motor under the hood.
The Quadrifoglio’s leather dashboard is well appointed; ergonomically-focused yet sporting and easy to see. The infotainment system is gorgeously subtle, invisible until the car is switched on and woven subtly into the dashboard when enabled. All the usual technology suspects are present and correct and most, like Bluetooth are straightforward.
This beautiful, sleek car is available now starting at around £62,000 depending upon specification and the options catalogue. As mentioned, the company say that the problems of old should be in the past but it is after all an Alfa Romeo. Only time will tell.