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Alfa Romeo Giulia review – has the compact exec segment got a new leader? - Design

In such a competitive marketplace, the Giulia holds its own and represents Alfa’s best effort in years.

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  • Keen engines, enjoyable handling
  • Firm low-speed ride, option packs soon add up

Design

Thanks to an all-new rear drive chassis, Alfa Romeo designers were gifted the chance to reform Alfa Romeo design for this next generation. Hardly a cradle of distinctive design, the compact executive class doesn’t provide a huge amount of creative expression beyond branding exercises, but the lack of aesthetic distinction seen in the Giulia is disappointing, especially compared to its 159 predecessor and the 156 before that.

Despite the traditional Alfa Romeo grill, from most angles one might struggle to identify the Giulia. Its oversized headlights lack the aggressive scowl of the 159 and despite pleasant details like some attractive wheel options, the overall design is disappointing considering Alfa Romeo’s track record.

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The Alfa’s saving grace may well be its relative rarity on UK roads, as in the sea of BMW 3-series and Audi A4s, the fact it is not a German compact executive might well be enough for most. 

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