The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is all Italian
Craig and Deanne Conover
Sep 3, 2017
It’s at times like our week with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, when dreams really become reality; it becomes very apparent that test-driving new cars has been one of the greatest adventures we have embarked on in our lives. This new addition to the Fiat Chrysler family, straight out of Italy is a work of art on wheels!
Now we have driven our share of German cars over the years in fact we had a new BMW 530i parked in the driveway the same week we had the new Giulia, and still we were drawn to drive the Alpha Romeo. The BMW was loaded with tons more technology and comfort eclipsing the smaller Alpha by almost $30,000, still the look and driving experience in the new Alpha Romeo kept us coming back for more day after day!
The only explanation we could come up with is that after 105 years in business, the Italian Automaker has done everything right from design to keeping the driver engaged giving the Giulia everything it needs to be a true sports sedan. In fact most outlets across the nation are giving it the number one spot in the segment right out of the starting gate, and if our experience is indicative of what others think, it should stay there for quite some time.
We had the opportunity to drive what they are calling the base model that is equipped with a very strong 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that produces a nice 280 horsepower and 306 ft.-lbs, of torque through the use of a twin scroll turbocharged system to get the vehicle to 60 in 5.1 seconds. If that were not enough the same sedan can be had in what is called the Quadrifoglio package that adds a V6 engine to the mix with a mere 505 ponies that push it to 60 in just 3.8 seconds.
This new Quadrifoglio has the fastest time ever for a sedan on the Nurburgring track with a record setting time of just 7:32. Craig was quick to mention that he also has his best track speed in the new Alpha Romeo when he got the Quadrifoglio to 130 mph down the straightaway at the High Plains Raceway last June. He even did better than his top speed in the Dodge Hellcat of 127 mph. For the record the fastest he has been on this track was 135 mph with professional driver in a Dodge Viper!
This all would point to the fact that this really is a true drivers car and will be something that everyone can enjoy on a daily basis, even in the base model that we had all the steering, braking and transmission are basically the same. The Quadrifoglio gets larger calipers on the brakes for good reason, however, the experience will be the same minus the extra horsepower. If Craig, who has only driven on a race track 5 times is able to get his best time with the Alpha it has to be a finely engineered driving machine!
Even Deanne was completely enamored with the Giulia and the ride it provided, wanting to take it to work every day instead of the BMW. It can be a difficult week when we both really want to drive the same car each day. In fact when the week came to an end she pointed out that the next time we are in the market for a new automobile, this one is definitely on the list and at the top of the list.
Throughout the past 105 years of business the name Alfa Romeo has become synonymous racing and awesome European driving. The company has dabbled in the American market from time to time, but until now have not had a huge presence here.
That is all changing now with two different models available in different forms from the super sedan to a coupe that can also be had as a top down spider. There will shortly be a SUV available here domestically also, and all come with the unique Alfa design and engineering that will make them tops among their peers.
All models will feature that Alfa Romeo is calling a DNA switch, a cool name for what turned out to be a very cool concept. Turns out the knob controls what is basically the DNA of the car, D stands for Dynamic, N stands for Natural and A for all weather mode. The driver get to choose the driving experience that will make the most sense each time they take out the Giulia.
Wherever the switch is set it will affect the engine, brakes, suspension, gearbox, steering and accelerator to perform at maximum capability no matter what the driving conditions. Since most of the week was sunny and hot, we spent the majority of our time in Dynamic mode, most like one of the greater influences on how we felt about the ride.
The good news about the new Giulia is, there are also some really great features inside the new vehicle that make it even more enjoyable to drive and safe. The base model comes with a nice 7 inch touch screen display in the center console, rain sensing wipers, power folding heated mirrors, a flat bottomed steering wheel, 17 inch tires with disks brakes all around and Brembo calipers on the front, all starting under $40,000.
A few additions and our test ride got even better with some great safety, technology and appearance additions that made ride even better. A cold weather package heated the seats and steering wheel along with heated window washer nozzles.
The driver assistance package gave us adaptive cruise control that would come to a complete stop, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam control. The adaptive cruise worked very well and made driving in heavy traffic way less stressful.
A sport appearance package brought the wheels up to 18 inches and added sport tires custom sport trims front and back along with custom painted brake calipers. The addition of an 8.8 inch touch screen was a nice touch; it gave the vehicle a widescreen look not the large 8 inch square that comes with most Chrysler product.
Navigation was optional as it has with other vehicles now that we are relying on cell phones to provide that kind of information to the vehicle via apps like Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia turned out to be all that and way more than we expected, with what the company calls ‘La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanic of emotion) spirit, it delivers a race-inspired experience day in and day out. For a sedan that is way beyond the normal that will inspire you to drive every day see the new Giulia today at Alfa Romeo of Salt Lake, 198 E. 500 S, Salt Lake City, (877) 325-4707
Base Price: $39,995
Price as driven: $46,490
Craig and Deanne Conover have been test-driving vehicles for over 6 years and have had the opportunity to drive many makes and models. They receive a new car each week for a weeklong test drive. Craig has worked in the Newspaper industry for over 21 years and been with The Daily Herald for 13 years – and Deanne is a Veterinarians assistant at Mountain West Animal Hospital for 12 years. They both love having the unique opportunity of trying out new cars. They reside in Springville, Utah. Check out other reviews at heraldextra.com/sundaydrive. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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