Alfa Romeo, the brand that, in the past, elicited negative responses around its unreliability has turned the proverbial corner and have begun producing some incredible machines.

The first of which being the formidable Giulia where the Quadrifoglio variant is the top of the range German car beater.

The second of course it he much acclaimed and brilliant Stelvio, which was recently launched in South Africa.

After the launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in 2017, we have been fortunate to spend some more quality time with the beautiful 2.0 turbo variant.

Exterior

I am quite confident in saying that the new Giulia is the most beautifully designed premium sedan currently on the market.  The Italians, as usual, have gone out of their way to produce at utterly gobsmacking car to look at.

There are almost no typical Italian quirks in this car, beside perhaps the weird positioning of the B-pillar which sits further forward than most cars, so when sitting in the driver’s seat and you look right, you see a pillar.  It is weird, but I can’t really fault it.

You’ve got the usual suspects such as Xenon headlights at the front and LED lights for the rear while the Super, our model variant, sports 18″ rims.

I suppose I could go into the details and how the lines lead your eye to the…but you should rather look at the pics, they say a thousand words.

Interior

On the interior, you won’t find the plastic and not so nice materials of the past, but rather beautifully stitched leather with an ergonomic dashboard that is focussed to the driver.

The entertainment system driven by the multimedia dial on the centre console it easy to use and looks great, while the dual climate control will keep you in the most comfortable atmosphere.

Power & Performance

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Super is powered by a 147kW 2.0T which makes it the most powerful premium entry-level sedan in its class, and the smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox is slick.

Using the drive mode selector and turning the knob to the Dynamic position will ignite all the senses as you push the vehicle to its limits.

Even in 2.0 turbo guise, it never seems to let up and it keeps asking for more from you.

The car will sprint to 100km/h in a respectable 6.6s and will sip fuel at a claimed 5.9l/100km.

Safety

The Integrated Brake System contributes to a best-in-class braking distance from 100 km/h in just 38.5m.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning are also standard to prevent potential collisions through innovative sensor systems.

Also included is the Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection and rear view camera.

Overview

If you’re in the market for a premium spec car and think that only the Germans have offerings in the Audi A4, BMW 3-series or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, think again, there’s a new player in town and you really should consider the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

It out performs the Germans on just about all fronts.

Pricing

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T – from R555,000
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T Super – from R565,000
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – from R1,400,000

All models come standard with 3 year / 100,000km Warranty and 6 year / 100,000km Maintenance Plan.

Disclaimer: Alfa Romeo provided a test car to me for 7 days with no expectations.  I test drove the vehicle in my own time at my own expense.  This is a completely unbiased review based on my opinion of the vehicle.