The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a luxury small car with a price tag between $37,995 and $72,000 depending on engine size and fit-out. It has some powerful engines to choose from and comes in either all-wheel or rear-wheel drive.

The Giulia has seating for up to 5 people and boasts an all-new model for the 2017 year. The car has potent engines and sharp handling. Fuel economy depends on your choice of engine. The most fuel efficient will get 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

While the Giulia is a great luxury car it suffers from a few drawbacks. These include fairly cramped rear seats, which is quite common for small luxury cars, and fewer features than some other rivals.

Performance

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has phenomenal speed even with its base engine. The smallest engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 280 horsepower. It’s one of the most powerful base engines in the small luxury car class. This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can opt for paddle shifters if you like the idea of manual shifting.

The more potent engine is the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6. You can purchase this engine with the Giulia Quadrifoglio trim and it’s nothign short of stunning. The Quadrifoglio is faster than some supercars on the Nurburgring. It has a top speed of 191 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

The Giulia has sports-style handiling with strong brakes and accurate steering. It’s fun to cruise about on twisty roads at speed but due to the tight steering it may be difficult to stay on course when driving in the city.

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Interior

Even the base trim has a high quality interior with lush leather seating. The features are meant to provide you with the necessary things you need without being too distracting. It comes with an infotainment system is modest and lacks some additional features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Price

The base trim of the Alfa Romeo Giulia comes with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. It uses rear-wheel drive, has leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen. The price for the base trim starts at $37,995.

Upgrading to the Giulia AWD will cost an extra $2,000 and if you jump up to the twin turbocharged V6 engine with RWD you’ll be paying a starting price of $72,000.

Alternatives

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia┬áis one of the best small luxury cars currently on the market. It’s matched only by the slightly cheaper 2017 Audi A4 and the more expensive 2016 BMW 4-Series. The BMW 2-Series and 3-Series are also viable alternatives.