Reborn with performance
Alfa Romeo has been barrelling down the road of redemption with their Giulia and Stelvio models recently. They have been confidently reconstructing their brands name and quality with the latest additions and I am sure that the Giulia will only be beneficial, if not crucial, in this rebuilt. I think it’s rather fitting that Giulia means ‘youthful’ as I feel that it is a benchmark in the brand’s newfound quality design strategies and will definitely be a trendsetter with its ongoing reputation.
This striking sedan is an ideal fit for a businesswoman looking to make an impression in the executive parking lot or even a mom of a small family who enjoys a few wondering eyes when waiting for their children in the pick-up zone after school. It’s a statement making vehicle that will provide you with a highly enjoyable drive, continuously.
From heels to cars the Italians do it all, elegantly. Known for their stunning fashion and eye catching strategies, these Europeans know how to design to appeal and the Giulia is just that. It oozes sexiness with tipped headlights, iconic scudetto grille and smooth, upswept flowlines that end with a curvaceous rear. Halogen headlights, frontal fog lights and LED rear lights is also sported on this racy vehicle and besopked 17-inch alloys adores the suave wheel arches for an athletic and spicy look. What I like about its new design is that it’s sporty in the front with angular designing and tantalizing in the rear with smooth curves. The rear also sports a chrome exhaust pipe and a tipped boot lid which is rather charismatic. I think it’s a great example of classic and traditional coming together and integrating with modern and contemporary to give you an exquisite vehicle that is revamped to fit younger buyers but that still holds its characteristic charm that older devotees enjoy.
The inside matches the exterior with striking and attractive qualities such as black interior air vent bezels, aluminium door sills and a two tone dashboard. A 3.5-inch TFT colour instrument cluster is complimented by a shiny pair of paddle shifters and a big red button is proudly displayed on the leathered steering wheel to wake up this beast. Available in cloth or leather, the seat aren’t all that cushy, rather sporty, but also provide you with a good seating position and surrounding view. Space in the Giulia is reasonable, the Italians have heavily developed this from their earlier models, and the boot offers you enough litres for convenient transporting of everyday items and the rear seats can fold for additional space.
The 8.8-inch infotainment system is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity, USB ports, an Auxiliary input and navigation. I noticed that this system is rather easy to use and its smartphone connectivity is quite good and links almost instantly. A rear view camera, automatic dual zone climate control, adaptive cruise control with a speed limiter and stop, a dusk and rain sensors and start-stop functionality ensures that your drive will always be comfortable and pleasing. Safety features include an electric parking brake, Alfa™ D.N.A, Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian detection, Collision Warning (FCW), Integrated Brake System (IBS), a tyre inflation kit and a Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The Giulia is sure to transport you not only in style and safety but with utmost comfort as well.
This 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produces 147kW of power and 330Nm of torque, that’s a lot of thrust for such a tiny engine. Its fuel consumption is reasonable with a 6.0-litre per 100km figure, this is due to advanced technologies included such as the start-stop and selectable driving modes (Advanced Efficiency, Normal and Dynamic) which can be altered by a convenient turn on the dial. It has all the makings of a typical Alfa and road racer with an abundance of fiberglass and aluminium in the body and engine for a balanced weight distribution and is also considered as a nifty trump card when compared with other vehicles in this segment. This is definitely rewarding as this four cylinder can comfortably reach 100km in 6.6-seconds from standstill. Daily driving in the Giulia is comfortable- its steering is splendidly accurate and quick, its performance is rather punchy and the overall ride is regal and refined. The brakes, although a bit bouncy and uneven, once gotten-used to, can be highly accurate and offer a jerk-free standstill. I think that this Alfa Romeo has been skilfully designed and is an ideal example that you can have an extravagant vehicle that can also be practical, user-friendly and a joy to drive.
Where to find it
If you are interested in owning one of these gorgeous Giulias, visit www.alfaromeo.co.za to find one today!
Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler
Editor Pearl: Mwale