Interior and tech
This could be the Giulia’s weakest area. Although the seats and driving position are faultless, and the design of the interior is neat if a little plain, the materials used really let it down; there are lots of tough and scratchy plastics.
The Alfa’s infotainment system isn’t bad. The only real issue we have found is when trying to listen to audio via a Bluetooth device, the system takes a long time to reconnect and allow the phone or iPod to play. And, sometimes it refuses to play anything at all. One of the reasons why the Alfa system is a relatively good one is that it doesn’t try to be too complicated; it does everything you need but nothing more.
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The liberal use of carbonfibre and Alcantara, both of which can be found on the rim of steering wheel, do help give the inside a sporty feel. But there’s no denying it, it’s a long way off the solid, supremely well appointed and well put together interiors of its main rivals from BMW and Mercedes.