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Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Review

By Motor Match • 04/05/2024

Alfa Romeo’s option in the competitive compact saloon market is here, but can it rival the Germans? Let's get behind the wheel and find out!

Why should I buy an Alfa Romeo Giulia Super?

  • Perfect for motorway driving
  • A sleek and sophisticated styling
  • Spacious boot
  • Packed with technology

What is the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia has gained something of an instant cult-status thanks to the high-performance Quadrifoglio model — but this is the model it hopes will bring home the bacon, the Super.

For the Giulia to be considered a commercial success, the Italians will need to lure customers from established mid-sized German cars such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class over to the brand.

Alfa’s last attempt to capture that market came in the form of the 159, which failed to make an impact — it’ll be hoping things are different this time around.

Alfa Romeo Giulia engine

What’s under the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Our test car was fitted with the most powerful of the two diesel engines on offer for the Giulia Super, a 2.2-litre unit producing 176bhp and 450Nm of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The combination is capable of taking the saloon from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 143mph. As for efficiency, fuel economy is claimed at 67.3mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

This is an engine well suited to chewing up the motorway miles, with sufficient mid-range torque perfect for merging on slip roads and overtaking, while the lack of noise from the motor helps create a relaxing ride.

It proves useful too should you take on some more interesting roads, although the automatic gearbox proves quite hesitant at times even in the Dynamic driving mode, which can hamper the fun a bit.

What’s the Alfa Romeo Giulia like to drive?

The Giulia manages to feel nimble despite the saloon car size, which lends itself well to spirited driving. Switch to Dynamic mode, and the steering becomes well-weighted and the suspension firms up to provide an engaging experience — although a little more feel through the wheel would be appreciated.

Fancy taking it easy? Switch the rotary dial to Normal and you’ve now got light — but not overly so — steering to get around without hassle, and softer suspension settings, which provide a supple ride. Visibility around the car is great too, which bodes well for town driving and parking.

All-Weather mode takes that and adds more sensitivity to the car’s safety assistance, which does come over as intrusive at times.

Alfa Romeo Giulia driving
Alfa Romeo Giulia parked

How does the Alfa Romeo Giulia look?

The Alfa Giulia takes classic design style cues from the manufacturer’s historically stunning cars and brings them into a modern and sharp package.

Everything is well-proportioned and it’s a dramatic thing to look at from any angle. If street cred is something you want from your mid-sized saloon, look no further.

Sadly, the fit-and-finish of the bodywork is far from that of the Giulia’s rivals, with thick panel gaps somewhat disrupting the otherwise clean styling.

There’s also the badge appeal that comes with owning an Alfa Romeo and you’ll no doubt stand out from the crowd on most roads.

What’s the Alfa Romeo Giulia like inside?

Inside the Giulia, you get the impression that the pursuit to perfect the Quadrifoglio halo car has resulted in an ergonomically designed interior that’s carried through the whole range, lending well to the saloon being a driver’s car. The driving position itself is among the best in its class, slung low and with both pedals and wheel placed near-perfectly.

As for the quality of the interior, partial-leather upholstery and full-leather seats result in a premium-feeling cabin, with little in the way of cheap materials in sight. There are some niggles, though, with sections of the centre console feeling so flimsy, they might break at a touch.

In the back, there’s plenty of space for two adults and as for cargo, there’s 480 litres of boot space — matching that of its rivals.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


The Alfa Romeo Giulia manages to pack an engaging and fun driving experience into a sharp-looking package, setting it apart as a genuine alternative in the mid-size saloon market.

In its own right, it’s a superb machine but it’s still unlikely to dethrone the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class as class leaders anytime soon.

It doesn’t offer quite as much value as the Germans, and we suspect the superior fit-and-finish of the rivals will be more appealing to the type of customer in this segment despite the engaging driving experience.

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