Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon - Interior & comfort
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has a luxurious and driver-focused interior that’s practical, too
The rear-wheel-drive nature of the Alfa Romeo Giulia is clearly designed to appeal to keen drivers and this is echoed inside. The 8.8-inch central display and heating controls are angled towards you and you don’t have to fumble around to find controls, leaving you free to concentrate on the driving.
Alfa Romeo Giulia dashboard
Climb inside the Giulia and you’re treated to a modern yet subtle interior. Alfa is keen to stress that it has kept the Giulia’s dashboard as simple and clear as possible. Gauges and screens are angled towards the driver, while the dashboard is as free from clutter and unnecessary buttons as possible. Quality was given a serious boost for 2020, addressing an area where the Giulia was noticeably behind rivals. Soft-touch materials, improved fit and finish and a more attractive centre console all improve the ambiance and give the Giula an interior better aligned to its price tag.
The rotary control knob features gesture control and makes navigating around music, maps and various settings easy. An 8.8-inch infotainment screen became standard in late 2018, and it's recessed behind a large swathe of glass in the dashboard, adding a touch of class. The software has been updated and the screen can now be operated with touch as well as the controller, while also being compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia comes in four main trims, called Super, Sprint, Lusso Ti and Veloce. Standard equipment has now improved with driving assistance features taking a big step up. All models offer 'Level 2' autonomous driving - helping with steering, braking and accelerating within a lane - that Alfa says is the maximum currently permitted under European regulations. Super is only available with entry-level engines, while Veloce is limited to the top petrol.
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The entry-level Super comes as standard with kit including 17-inch alloy wheels, sat nav, ambient lighting, air-conditioning and cruise control. It also comes with a touchscreen with sat nav (along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), TFT instrument screen and a reversing camera.
Sprint adds bigger alloys, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, electric leather seats and some black styling touches. Lusso Ti, meanwhile, adds wireless phone charging and a few tweaks to focus on luxury rather than sportiness. You get a chrome window surround, real wooden trim, upgraded seats and laminated glass for better soundproofing.
The Giulia Veloce comes with upgraded brakes with black or red calipers, keyless entry, twin exhausts and other sporty touches. A Veloce Ti model was previously available, which had a lot of the Quadrifoglio’s styling upgrades without the thirstier engine and larger price tag.
The full-on performance-orientated Quadrifoglio model also gets its own dedicated trim level, and comes with 19-inch wheels, a full leather interior and a sports steering wheel. It’s a shame that leather seats only feature in more expensive models; Mercedes fits all versions of the C-Class with (synthetic) leather seats as standard.
Options for the Giulia include a driver assistance pack plus (auto high-beam, traffic jam assist and blind-spot monitoring, among other things), a climate pack, a performance pack (aluminium shift paddles, limited slip differential and Alfa’s SDC suspension) and a convenience pack.
You can also order equipment such as heated rear seats, a Harman Kardon hi-fi and sunroof if they’re not included on the trim level you choose.