2019 Giulia New Car Test Drive
The Alfa Romeo Giulia sport sedan brings brisk acceleration and sharp handling to the Fiat Chrysler luxury-car portfolio.
For the 2019 model year, the Giulia lineup gains a host of new wheel designs and revised trim packages. New standard 19-inch alloy wheels go on the Giulia Ti Sport. Quadrifoglios get anodized brake calipers with red “Alfa Romeo” script, along with 40/20/40 folding rear seats with a third headrest. Heated rear seats are optional. New “Nero Edition” option packages are available for each Giulia version
Giulias come in four basic flavors, each with a host of available options: base Giulia, Ti, Sport, and fire-breathing Quadrifoglio. Ti Sport, Lusso, and Sport Carbon editions are essentially option packages.
Base Giulias use a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Aluminum paddle shifters are available for the 8-speed automatic transmission. Lower-end Giulias may have either rear- or all-wheel drive.
The top-rung Giulia Quadrifoglio (Italian for four-leaf clover) retains the 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive, but drops in a Ferrari-derived, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 that cranks out a thundering 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes a mere 3.8 seconds, versus 5.1 seconds for a 4-cylinder model.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash-tested the Giulia. However, satisfying ratings have come from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which named Giulia a Top Safety Pick in 2018.
Active safety technology is optional on most versions. Paying $500 extra on Giulia and Giulia Ti trim levels can add automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection ? a worthwhile option. Those features are standard on the Quadrifoglio.
Other option packages bundle such features as adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot monitors..
Prices do not include $1,295 destination charge.
Base Giulia ($38,295 with rear-drive, $40,295 with all-wheel drive) has the 4-cylinder engine, leather upholstery, keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, drive mode selector, 17-inch wheels, and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Sport ($39,745 with RWD, $41,745) adds aluminum accents and pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and paddle shifters.
Ti ($40,495 with RWD, $42,495 with AWD) comes with heated seats, 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment, 18-inch wheels, and wood interior trim.
Ti Lusso ($42,995 with RWD, $44,995 with AWD) includes upgraded wood and leather trim.
Ti Sport ($43,195 with RWD, $45,195 with AWD) comes with 19-inch wheels and a body kit.
Ti Sport Carbon ($47,995 with RWD, $49,995 with AWD) adds carbon-fiber body components.
Quadrifoglio Twin-Turbo V6 ($73,995) has rear-wheel drive and includes carbon fiber interior trim, distinctive styling, a carbon fiber roof and hood, adaptive performance suspension, Race mode, torque vectoring, active aero front splitter, Harman Kardon audio, navigation, and full-speed forward collision warnings..