New Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio get five-year warranty
The Giulia executive saloon and Stelvio SUV have been given a mid-life refresh
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is already a reader's favourite, but the executive saloon and Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV are set to get even better thanks to a series of upgrades and a longer warranty. Available to order now, the facelifted models cost from £32,490 and £36,990 each.
The Giulia range will be bolstered by a Veloce Ti model, which debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has been inspired by the styling of the twin-turbo V6 Giulia Quadrifoglio, but with 276bhp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 10mpg better fuel-economy than the 503bhp supersaloon.
Costing from £45,500, the Veloce Ti has leather and Alcantara heated sports seats, a black headlining and illuminated carbon door sills. Outside, it has the same 19-inch alloys as the Quadrifoglio, as well as carbon exterior trim and spoilers, plus the same choice of colours as the 'real deal', too.
Elsewhere in the range, every Giulia and Stelvio now gets the 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system as standard, with compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The engine range has been updated to meet tougher emissions standards, and diesel models now feature AdBlue technology to reduce harmful NOx tailpipe gases. As well as being cleaner, the Giulia diesels also get a 10bhp power increase to 158 and 187bhp. Fuel consumption is 57.7mpg, with emissions of 129g/km, while the 187 and 207bhp diesels in the Stelvio return 41.2-44.4mpg and emit 139-149g/km of CO2.
Equipment levels have been enhanced, with the Giulia Speciale now getting new 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, privacy glass, aluminum door sills and black painted brakes. The Veloce trim also has a new set of 18-inch five-hole alloys, privacy glass and a Convenience Pack that adds keyless entry, door handle illumination and more storage solutions inside.
Families looking to snap up a Giulia Quadrifoglio will find it has become slightly more practical, thanks to the addition of 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, a third rear seatbelt and privacy glass. The black brake calipers are now anodized rather than painted, too.
There are similar updates to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with privacy glass, metal sill plates and black brakes added to the Speciale trim, while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets 20-inch five-hole alloy wheels.
Both models now enjoy a lengthier warranty, valid for five years from the date of registration or 75,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. It's part of Alfa's new '5-3-5' package that includes the warranty, three years of scheduled servicing and five years of roadside assistance.