Alfa Romeo Giulia review – has the compact exec segment got a new leader? - Performance and 0-60 times

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

Performance and 0-60mph time

Alfa Romeo has tried hard to ensure that, on paper at least, the Giulia does not compromise too heavily that it falls off a buyer's shopping list. The lowliest 148bhp 2.2 JTDM diesel compares on price and specification with a BMW 318d, yet will hit 62mph in 8.2 seconds, a whole second quicker than the BMW. The more powerful 188bhp diesel is rated at an impressive 7.1 seconds, beating the BMW 320d by half a second.

Petrol cars are equally competitive, with the 200bhp base petrol dispatching the 0-62 sprint in 6.6 seconds, while the 280bhp Veloce drops that down to 5.7 seconds. Part of the reason the Alfa Romeo Giulia exhibits impressive acceleration numbers is that relative to the class and its size, kerb weight is surprisingly low. At 1429kg in 2.2-litre diesel spec, the Giulia is usefully lighter than most rivals; even the aluminium bodied Jaguar XE weighs 100kg more than the feather-weight Alfa.

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The lack of a six-cylinder diesel option might be considered a limiting factor for those after a bit more punch, but for the performance minded buyer, the fantastic Quadrifoglio with its 503bhp was enough to send us into a spin during eCoty. With more than enough performance chops to take on rivals like the M3 and C 63 AMG, the twin-turbo V6 model is a worthwhile addition to your sports saloon shopping list.

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