Few car-making nations provide a finer-looking four-wheeled breath of fresh air than the Italians. Yet, unlike some of its predecessors, the Giulia shouldn’t be dismissed as an oddball or irrational choice, even if it is a niche one; there’s more substance to back up the style this time round.
The Giulia certainly looks the part: it’s aggressive, sleek and distinctive. Thanks to an all-new rear drive chassis, Alfa Romeo designers were gifted the chance to reform Alfa Romeo design for this next generation.
Despite the traditional Alfa Romeo grill, from most angles one might struggle to identify the Giulia. Its oversized headlights lack the aggressive scowl of the 159 and despite pleasant details like some attractive wheel options.
This car is the most authentic expression of the Alfa Romeo spirit, successfully combining all the elements which have made it one of the most desirable automotive brands: distinctive Italian design, high-performance engines, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and supreme weight-to-power ratio.
Today, I’m testing two different Giulia Veloce, which features exclusive engine versions, style and contents. The Giulia Veloce comes with two new engine versions: the 280 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol and the 210 HP 2.2-litre Diesel, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and the unprecedented Q4 all-wheel drive.
“Veloce” is a glorious name that is evocative of the Alfa Romeo tradition, established in 1956 with the Giulietta model and ever since illuminating the brand’s outstandingly sporting and original versions. Today, the name Veloce glorifies another Giulia, to satisfy the needs of customers yearning for contents packed with personality.
This car offers a distinctive style and exclusive equipment. The same sporty feel reigns inside, where new black leather Sport seats dominate, plus a sports steering wheel with an original grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel, door panels and Xenon headlights.
This distinctive interior and exterior style houses a wealth of standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, the Alfa DNA system and 6.5″ Connect infotainment system, as well as the new efficient active safety systems such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, the Integrated Brake System (IBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and cruise control with speed limiter.
The Giulia Veloce heralds the début of the new 2-litre petrol engine – a 4-cylinder engine made entirely of aluminium – which generates 280 horsepower. In addition to the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system, the particular features of this engine include the “2-in-1″ ” turbocharger system and direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system which combine to deliver a particularly quick response to accelerator commands at all speeds while permitting highly efficient consumption levels.
Alternatively, the Giulia Veloce can be fitted with the new 2.2-litre Diesel engine which develops a maximum power of 210 HP . A special note: the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine on the Giulia is the first diesel engine in Alfa Romeo history to have been built entirely in aluminium. Both the Giulia Veloce models come with 8-speed automatic transmission.
The two Giulia impressed me in how it drives. The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor is a smooth performer and makes the car into a refined, comfortable cruiser. However, it lacks the torque of its 2.2-litre diesel stablemate and, as such, it isn’t quite as much fun to drive..
At the end, the Giulia is a strong foundation for Alfa Romeo’s restoration and the Giulia Veloce quiet re-set the benchmarks in the class. Also it’s really easy to see why you would be swayed by the Giulia Veloce: it’s a fresh face in the executive market, and if you’ve grown bored of the ‘me too’ crowd from Germany then it’s well worth looking into. The Giulia is great to drive, comfortable and, look sporty! The perfect car for a goo looking man!