The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a car we’ve been eager to get our hands on for a while. It’s Alfa Romeo’s all-new medium executive sedan, ready to fight against the traditional German triumvirate of Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as well as the Japanese Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50.
Prior to the Giulia, recent Alfa Romeo sedans have been front- or all-wheel drive, with lusty engines and Giugiaro styling as their drawcards. The Giulia has a new, state-of-the-art rear-wheel drive ‘Giorgio’ platform. Aside from the Giulia and platform-sharing Stelvio SUV, there are persistent rumours that a rear-drive successor to the Giulietta could be spun off this platform too. As a testament to its pedigree, the Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V6 Quadrifoglio variant set the four-door lap record at the Nurburgring in 2016.
The Giulia borrows its name from another Alfa Romeo sports sedan from the 1960s, which helped Alfa cut its teeth a full 13 years before the 3 Series was even a glint in BMW’s eye. With some frighteningly talented competition, how does the Giulia hold up? Does it possess the right amount of Italian charm while exorcising the demons of the past? Let’s find out.