The $650 Driver Assistance Static Package also is a good add for its Blind Spot warning and auto-dimming mirrors, also welcome additions for safety. An annoying rattle behind the gauge-cluster assembly presented itself over any road imperfection. The standard Giulia arrives in two main trim levels – the base Giulia, starting at $38,195, and the Giulia Ti, at $40,195. Dynamic mode puts the steering at its heaviest setting, the throttle to its most sensitive, and the transmission to its quickest shift settings, while holding gears longer to stay in the engine’s power band. As of the publishing of this review, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia ranks at 4.7 out of five stars on J.D. We’d add the $1,200 T Sport Performance package, equipping a limited-slip differential and adaptive suspension, because those things are always welcome to improve handling significantly, especially for a sports sedan. Power’s Cars site, based on 50 consumer reviews thus far, so it is still a little early to truly tell how they hold up over time and varying in use. Between the spirited sprints through Napa, to the traffic of San Francisco, the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s four proved decent in fuel consumption, averaging around 24-27 mpg. An available driver assist dynamic plus package offers adaptive cruise control with stop, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and an infrared windshield. But you do lose a bit of the behind-the-wheel soul and drop-dead gorgeous looks that only the Giulia can currently offer. With that said, competitors like the Audi A4 do have an edge in standard safety features and in-cabin tech. So although I wish for more, what it comes with is perfectly exquisite. There’s only so much you can do to make a turbo four sound exciting before it starts to sound like—as my friend put it—a swarm of angry wasps. The Alfa Romeo Giulia would be it. Here are all the cars with Android Auto, The best used cars you can buy for under $15,000, Future cars: The best upcoming cars worth waiting for, 2021 Tesla Cybertruck vs. 2021 Rivian R1T, 2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2020 Ford Mustang, Exterior and interior appears like it was designed by Versace, Feels more unique than any of its competitors, 2.0-liter turbo four is sole engine option, Italian fit and finish aren’t up to par with Germans or Asians. The Giulia’s simple interior is geared towards drivers who prioritize the activity of driving over in-car technology. Its suave Italian sheetmetal is refreshing compared to anything from Germany or Asia. “n” is for “Natural,” which sets everything to a happy medium, while “a” is for “Advanced Efficiency” for a focus on comfort and fuel economy. For cars equipped with adaptive suspension, it sets the system at its firmest for the best handling, at a compromise of ride quality. The Alfa Romeo is a different beast, offering a flair and design style that’s different from anything else. There’s no touchscreen, so you’ll have to use the BMW iDrive-like center-console-mounted dial controller. It’s not best-in-class, but there are plenty of other options if fuel efficiency really is a concern. The Q4’s steering rack is supposedly a bit meager compared to the rear-wheel drive Sport versions. You don’t need to have the fanciest Giulia sedan to make everyone curious, if not jealous. Our tester stamped its window at $51,490, putting it right in the same competitive segment as the BMW 3-Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS, Audi A4, Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Infiniti Q50. We drove the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso Q4 in Northern California for a week. The 2.0-liter all-aluminum turbocharged four-cylinder moves the Giulia quite well, but it feels a tad bit light on inspiration. Audi offers its “pre sense” system, which applies the brakes when a potential collision is detected, among other capabilities, as a standard feature on all A4 models. And the interior didn’t feel as solid as the Germans or the Asians. But is it as good as everyone makes it out to be? You still get the usual arrangement of in-car features that you’d expect to find in any other car in its class, such as traffic-assisted 3D satellite-navigation, SiriusXM Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and access to in-car settings and preferences. Upgrade your lifestyleDigital Trends helps readers keep tabs on the fast-paced world of tech with all the latest news, fun product reviews, insightful editorials, and one-of-a-kind sneak peeks.Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. The true party piece of the Giulia’s driving experience was most apparent through the twisty and tight mountain roads right in Napa’s backyard. There’s an incredible level of buzz around Alfa Romeo’s first vehicle sold en-masse to the U.S. market in over twenty years, since the 1995 164 sedan. If you’re looking for something a little bit more practical and tech-savvy, there are plenty of options from its competitors. I realized 15 minutes into my Napa drive that I had the car in “Natural,” or Alfa’s term for normal mode, and yet I was still grinning like a dork. Though as you climb up the ladder in trim, the Giulia gains an option for Forward Collision Warning w/ Automatic Emergency Braking in a bundle at $500 not available on cheaper models. Mated to a quick and slick shifting eight-speed auto from ZF, 0-60 happens in less than 5.5 seconds. Copyright ©2020 Designtechnica Corporation. Being a sports sedan, however, the Giulia’s simple interior is geared towards drivers who prioritize the activity of driving over in-car technology and features. The Napa Valley area is known as a car lover’s paradise where locals are used to seeing million-dollar metal, yet the Giulia still managed its fair share of stare-downs. But if this is as numb as it gets, I can’t imagine how much better the rear-wheel Giulia Sport feels. If Ferrari ever created a BMW 3-Series competitor, the Giulia would be it. Prior to venturing into San Francisco after a lunch at the renowned Oxbow Market, I hustled around Lake Berryessa and back over Howell Mountain, where the Giulia’s near-50/50 weight distribution and balanced composure made hunting for tight mountainside switchbacks a desired activity. And the curved dashboard and forward-mounted cup holders on the center console, means any coffee much taller than a large gets caught on the passenger temperature adjustment knob.