The 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia is not only stunning, but it offers one of most enjoyable driving experiences in its class. The Giulia’s agile handling and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder make it a great choice for enthusiasts drivers. It is also equipped to compete with sports sedans like the BMW 3-series and the Genesis G70 and the Mercedes-Benz C-class. Although the Alfa’s interior may not be as lavish as other sedans, it is spacious and well-equipped. It also has a driver-focused design. The front seats are comfortable and spacious for passengers, while adults will feel the pinch at the back–a common feature in this class of cars. If you are looking for the best performance, the Giulia Quadrifoglio model is a good choice. It boasts a hot-blooded twin-turbo V-6 that produces 505 horsepower.
What’s new for 2022?
The Ti Sport trim last year has been renamed Veloce in 2022. A host of new standard features are also available throughout the Giulia range. The infotainment system includes standard navigation and a wireless charger. A front- and rear-heated seat, an auto-dimming mirror, heated front and back seats, and an air quality system complete the new convenience features. Driver-assistance tech now comes standard with blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. There is also lane-departure alert, lane-departure warn, automatic high beam headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, as well as blind-spot monitor and blind-spot tracking.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Giulia’s greatest trait is its driving dynamics. We recommend that you get the Ti mid-range model and specify the Performance package. This includes an active suspension and mechanical limited-slip rear differential. These two options improve the handling dynamics of the Giulia. We recommend the standard rear-wheel drive, which we would keep, but all-wheel drive is an option and adds $2000.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine makes 280 horsepower and is very responsive when driving hard. The Giulia is a joy to drive, despite the fact that it can’t resist pulling away from stoplights while singing high-pitched Italian arias. The Giulia’s rear-wheel-drive test vehicle’s 5.7 second zero-to-60-mph speed and the all-wheel drive model’s time was 5.5 seconds. This places it mid-pack in acceleration testing. The Audi A4 took 5.2 seconds, while the BMW 330i took 5.4 seconds. Despite having less horsepower than the Alfa, both cars were able to do the same. Each Giulia comes with a unique drive-mode selector that can be set to Dynamic, Natural or Advanced Efficiency. This allows for changes in the transmission, engine management and steering feel. The Giulia sports sedan is agile and dynamic. The leather-wrapped steering wheels communicate clearly with the driver and are responsive to driver inputs. The Giulia is very stable and manages body roll well. It also remains predictable in difficult corners. It is easy to drive fast and aggressively but equally as comfortable when you drive slowly.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA rates the Giulia as having the best fuel-efficiency among turbocharged four-cylinder competitors. It is just short of being class-leading. Rear-wheel drive models have a rating of 24 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. All-wheel drive models have a slightly lower fuel economy at 23 mpg in the city and 31 highway. However, this is not unusual for this class. Our real-world highway fuel economy test revealed that our rear-wheel drive Ti test vehicle was close to meeting its EPA rating with a 32 mpg result. Visit the EPA website for more information on the Giulia’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Giulia’s interior features soft-touch plastics and fine leather. There are also textured metallic or real wood trimmings. The cabin is elegantly designed with a broad dashboard that serves as a visor to protect the integrated infotainment screen from sun rays. Even the optional sport seats, are well-padded and comfortable. However, pack your sunnies: The Giulia’s sun visors can be a joke and ineffective when driving directly into the sun. The Giulia was able to fit five carry-on bags into its trunk. With its rear seats folded, it managed 14 of the segment’s leaders with one carry-on.
Connectivity and Infotainment
All Giulias have Alfa Romeo’s 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is hidden between the dashtops and central climate-control vents. Standard features include three USB ports, an in-dash navigation system, an auxiliary input Jack, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, as well as an auxiliary input port. Although the infotainment interface can be customized and is intuitive, we found that the navigation sometimes took too long to update during key times such as turn-by-turn directions. Additionally, several icons on the screen are difficult to activate while driving. Users can interact with the system via a rotary knob controller located on the center console. Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto integration are standard. An optional 14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system is also available.