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Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is now petrol-only and therefore expensive to run

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Company-car drivers are the biggest buyers of executive saloons, but those choosing with the head rather than the heart will go elsewhere. The diesel engines offered reasonable rather than exceptional Benefit-in-Kind costs, but now the line-up only consists of petrol engines and every model sits in the highest BiK bands. Many of its rivals come with a plug-in hybrid, too; the Alfa offers no electrified option.

The entry-level Alfa Romeo Giulia attracts the standard rate of road tax a year, while those with a list price (including options) of more than £40,000 are liable for an additional surcharge in years two to six of ownership, bringing the annual bill to nearly £500 during that period.

Alfa Romeo Giulia MPG & CO2

Alfa Romeo has a reputation for building excellent petrol engines, and the 197bhp 2.0-litre in the Giulia is no exception to this. The only downside is its economy, which, at up to 39.2mpg, can make the Giulia significantly more expensive to run than either of the diesels if you regularly cover big distances. It should be palatable for private drivers who don’t rack up huge annual mileages. The 276bhp Veloce model matches that figure, so there’s no real trade-off for the performance on offer - although insurance and consumables will need to be factored in for the sportier models.

The 158 and 187bhp 2.2-litre diesels return 54.3mpg and 52.3mpg respectively, so they’re going to be a better choice if you drive more than 12,000 miles a year or so. You’ll need to hunt out a used example now, though.

The high-performance 503bhp Quadrifoglio model is the thirstiest in the range, promising up to 27.2mpg according to the WLTP test.

Insurance group

The regular Giulia sits in insurance groups 24-29, which is about par for the course in this class. The high-performance Veloce model sits in group 36, while the Quadrifoglio is unsurprisingly more expensive to cover due to its group 46 rating.

Warranty

After offering a generous five-year warranty as part of a promotion that ran for several years, Alfa Romeo has now reverted back to a three-year warranty. That matches the cover you get from Audi, Mercedes and BMW, but looks rather less generous compared to the seven-year warranty you get on the Kia Stinger.

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