By on February 15, 2017

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

There’s been no shortage of digital ink spilled over the impending return of Alfa Romeo to North American shores, with declarations of a grand return being touted all the way back in 2000 when the company entered into a partnership with General Motors. Yes, General Motors.

Now, of course, we know Alfa’s part in Sergio’s grand plan for the House of FCA. Since the introduction of the sinewy Giulia, the hot and unpronounceable Quadrifoglio has gotten all the press. How does a base Giulia stack up at $37,995?

The least expensive of the three Giulias of which one can choose houses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four under its bulbous, Italian hood. All new and made in Italy, the mill zings out 280 horsepower and – by all accounts – sounds grittier and gnarlier than the turbo-fours from Audi or BMW. Sixty mph appears in five and a half seconds. I like my cars with soul, particularly the base models.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in the base Giulia, as is FCA’s eight-speed automatic. Alfa charges a premium for the usual fifty shades of grey but the splendid Rosso Red is a freebie. Choose it. It looks great, as does the matching black/red leather interior combination. Gaudy red brake calipers are a no-cost option. I think they’re fabulous.

Optional packages include fripperies such as a larger-than-stock infotainment screen and driving nannies like adaptive cruise and lane keeping. Save your pennies and leave ‘em on the shelf. The $1,250 Sport Appearance Package is mighty tempting, adding tasty 18-inch aluminium wheels and natty fascias, but the Giulia looks pretty hot right out of the box.

A sub-$40,000 Giulia has the ingredients to be a handler, too. A quick, 11.8:1-ratio in the steering rack translates into a snappy 2.3 turns lock-to-lock, suggesting speedy responses on the back roads. If the four-door Alfa imbues that response with good feedback and road feel, then it won’t be just the Quadrifoglio that gets positive press.

So, a true Ace of Base, then? Not quite. I’d shell out an extra $500 for the fantastic 17-inch, 7-hole Phone Dial rims, which ape the style of those on the eye-watering 4C. Other than that, though, I find a base Giulia quite appealing. It’s a first-year Italian car built in the same plant that used to assemble the Fiat Brava. What could possibly go wrong?

Not every base model has aced it. The ones that have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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73 Comments on “Ace of Base: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia...”

  • avatar

    Haven’t seen one live yet, pics look quite nice.
    I’m guessing after the first 1000 or so Alfanatics get one at premium prices, the lease deals will roll out.
    This is likely one you’d not want to own post-warranty, unless you plan to marry it for life.

    • 0 avatar
      Jean-Pierre Sarti

      I happen to live close to a Fiat dealer and he has them justifiably lined up in the prime location on the lot. These are some great looking cars and yes the red looks very nice.

      I don’t even like mid-level luxo-barges but if I had to get one this would be it. I would hope for the best reliability-wise and take a gamble on this one.

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        “I don’t even like mid-level luxo-barges but if I had to get one this would be it.”

        That’s not really what this is. Nothing “barge” about it.

        • 0 avatar

          I thought this competed with the 3 series, that car is tiny. The engine would suggest that the Giulia is a tiny car as well. Granted I haven’t seen it in person, but seeing as no one makes big cars anymore it’s simple not likely.

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            The European tests I’ve read say that the Giulia has much more room in the back than the XE and 3 Series. Apparently (European-sized) adults fit in the back. A properly engineered FWD (not the CLA) will always be bigger inside, but the Alfa isn’t as cramped as one would expect.

        • 0 avatar
          Jean-Pierre Sarti

          I know what you are saying but everything these days in this segment is a luxo-barge to me compared to the more svelte touring sedans of my youth…

      • 0 avatar

        OK, I am a cheapskate. But can anything really be called “base” at $37,995?

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      I’m waiting for the lease deals. The Jaguar XE is going for $299 a month where I live right now. If FCA offers that for this car, I think I would take the plunge. Had a 1970 Alfa GTV 2.0-liter for a while in the 70s. I always wanted to own another Alfa. Consider this car a bucket list item.

    • 0 avatar

      My local dealer is advertising $459/24mos/10k year. Says “sign & drive”, but the small print says $2995 down. i think they have a different idea of what “sign & drive” means. But this dealer is exactly why I drive 30 minutes to a dealer out of town for my Jeeps.

      But I’ve thought the same thing. I’d love to have one, but only if it was under warranty for the entire lease term. But alas, I drive to much to lease.

  • avatar

    Ever since the Giulia debuted pretty much all I see is BMW 3 Series, both inside and out but I haven’t heard anyone else feeling the same sentiment.
    And the name, I now it’s pronounced JUWLIA but every time I read ‘Giulia’ it hurts my brain a little bit.
    That being said, it bested the Mercedes, BMW, and Cadillac in Quadrifoglio form in a Car and Driver comparison.
    I just don’t know what to think about this one.

  • avatar

    Is this a soon-to-be-new Chrysler 200 under another name? I’m sure it will come complete with FCA’s legendary reliability.

    I admit I am attracted to Alfa’s signature triangular grille, though.

    • 0 avatar

      I think the midsize Dodge/Chrysler is completely dead and gone. However, more excitingly IMO, it looks like the next Charger etc will be built on this platform:

      This is way cooler to me because that will take this platform, but add UConnect, a usable back seat, and a Proud To Be Anmurcn V8 for probably like $40K. With some much needed weight savings this could be the better buy IMO

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    This could be a hot mess of a car but it looks like it will have a lot of personality. If ever there was a car designed for a lease, this would be it. I’d have to see it in person to determine if, like the 3 series, the base model is thinly veiled punishment for not buying up the options ladder.

  • avatar

    A few weeks ago, on a Sunday dealer lot walk, I encountered a Levante. Hot-looking, for sure. Then I opened it up. The doors sounded hollow and tinny. There was all kinds of identifiable stuff from lower-rung FCA vehicles inside.

    And a $90,000 sticker. Same is pretty much true of the Quattroporte and Ghibli as well.

    You can complain all you want about how BMW or Mercedes has “strayed from the true faith,” so to speak, but (CLA250 aside), those all feel like expensive cars. FCA’s luxury offerings may *look* expensive, but they don’t feel like premium goods.

    Now, if the Giulia can measure up this way, maybe they have something, because this segment can certainly use some new blood.

    • 0 avatar

      Count me as one of the people who doesn’t know where Alfa is supposed to stand in FCA’s Italian lineup. I thought it went Fiat-Alfa-Maserati-Ferrari. But Alfa seems to get a lot more love from Sergio than Maserati, which seems tacky, overdone, and has way too much Chrysler baked in.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      I’m surprised they leave Maseratis unlocked over the weekend. Did you get a souvenir?

      I met a guy who worked at BMW in Munich when he was younger. He confirmed that there is a department that works exclusively on door shutting sounds. The department was created because the door sound is the go-to for a certain type of auto journalist. Presumably it took over from where the tire-kicking department left off.

      As a tech noted when I relayed this info “the doors sound great, but the hinges still sag after 5 years.”

    • 0 avatar

      Volkswagen… materials feel to be of a fairly high-quality, but over the long term, the cars will dollar you to death in high maintenance costs.

  • avatar
    Landau Calrissian

    In typical internet commenter fashion, I cannot wait for the used values of these to tank right down into my price range.

    • 0 avatar

      Delicious pun [check]
      Star Wars reference [check]
      Looking for poor resale [check]

      Sir, I do wonder if you happened to be one of my clones as several escaped the lab last year.

    • 0 avatar

      That’s the beauty of using lots of FCA-common high volume parts.
      You can stock your garage from Rockauto and Pick-A-Part 10 yrs from now.

      Although a bit of research indicates this is an Alfa specific engine made in Italy and a ZF transmission, so those may be a bit pricey to repair.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      ” I cannot wait for the used values of these to tank right down into my price range.”

      Three years isn’t even that long either.

    • 0 avatar
      Add Lightness

      …and after waiting soberly for a few years you make come up with the thought of ‘WHAT WAS I THINKING !!!’

    • 0 avatar

      Bingo. An Infiniti Q60 drops from around $45K to $25 in two years. Runs 0-60 in the same but the early models have an N/A V6 for those that want to avoid forced induction. Not sure the Alfa will tank that fast considering it likely will not sell in high numbers but these could be great bargains down the road. However you better get an extended warranty or be handy with a wrench.

  • avatar

    Good that the author slapped on the most appealing picture of the new Giulia that he could find. Alfa’s are great cars. Treat them with respect, have the maintenance done on time, and they are as reliable as any other good car.

  • avatar

    If you don’t have to separate the engine from the transmission to replace normal wear items, I might be interested in a used one in five years.

  • avatar

    I wish them luck, but I don’t think they’re gonna make it. Sergio will screw it up somehow.

  • avatar

    I do love the looks of this car but I think if I was going to buy something from Sergio’s beloved boutique brands I’d buy a new Fiat 124 Spider – but then I’d feel like I was splurging by not buying a Miata.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Am I the only one who is completely unwhelmed by this car? I’m thinking you could bag a leftover 2016 Q50 V6 for the same price.

    • 0 avatar

      No – you’re not. In my opinion I think they are ugly.

    • 0 avatar

      I mentioned the Infiniti comparison above. The Alfa is different looking and sounding. At least (for now) the Infiniti also comes in 2 door coupe form which I think looks great (wife just got one). Earlier models (’14) can be had with a manual but the newer ones are auto only and have switched to turbo power.

  • avatar

    The reviews on the M3 version have been stellar. I’m interested in a well optioned Ti, hopefully in a year or two there will be some nice cash on the hood.

  • avatar

    Finally got to see the Giulia Qaudrifoglio yesterday in person at the Chicago Auto Show and holy hell that car is an absolute stunner in person.

    The rest of the auto show? Don’t even waste your time. BMW’s showing was absolutely pathetic. Not a single M car in sight.

    • 0 avatar

      I went to the show on Monday. Same sort of thoughts. While the show was well done, there wasn’t really anything too exciting. The most exciting thing to me was the Volvo V90. And that right there was worth it all to me!

  • avatar

    Dunno, I saw one in person just today, from the rear, it looks like an Acura ILX, from the side, like your common 320i BMW. The front looks OK but certainly while the car is not ugly, it is the most anonymous Alfa Romeo you can buy now.

  • avatar

    It looks nice. I would add the cold weather package for $700 at a minimum. I’m sure in 1-3 years these things will be in the 15-20K range used.

    • 0 avatar

      “I’m sure in 1-3 years these things will be in the 15-20K range used.”

      For a reason. If you want one the best option is to take the lease deal.

    • 0 avatar

      If you tick any options you’re already better off just buying the Ti version since it’s $2000 more for several packages bundled in. I can’t imagine at resale time a stripped base model holding up well so the Ti is the only real option.

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    It’s certainly pretty but if you want to buy an Alfa in Canada with an analog clutch it’s going to have to be at least 15 years old. It’s a shame they’re abandoning their still robust fan base and pandering to the to peddle crowd

  • avatar

    i want one, bad, but I want one with a stick. If they brought the stick shift to the USA in the 4 cyl I would be buying (or leasing, should there be an option) brand new. YOLO

    Automatic just doesn’t do it for me, I don’t care if it’s faster and gets better mpg these days, I want driving enjoyment and nothing delivers that like a stick shift. If I’m going to make a stupid financial decision it is only because it’s going to be perfectly fun. So no sale

  • avatar

    I saw these in a static display that Alfa had near Pebble Beach last summer. I agree, they were stunning in person. Unfortunately, the doors were locked so I couldn’t get a feel for the interior room or materials. They had one sitting there with gorgeous wood trim on the dash and console, it was simply stunning. I normally find base models adequate, but that option might have me tempted. I couldn’t even find a photo of that option on the Alfa web site or configurator.

    The 505 hp version looks great, but for half the price, this look even better.

  • avatar

    with no stick, this can’t be an ace of base. Cadillac and BMW have this car beat handidly. BTW, may I suggest a 320i (you’ll have to spring for the sports package) or ATS for ace of base (if you can allow one performance upgrade)? With a Sport Package only, the 320i is $35k. With the Track Handling package, it’s $36k. An ATS 2.0t with the V-Sport Performance Suspension Upgrade Package and a manual (which also gets you a mechanical LSD) is $38k.

  • avatar

    definitely red with a warranty. and it should be a four – that is the way they always were in the 1960’s. this would be a great car – just don’t count on it to always run.

  • avatar

    Upon reflection I’m more excited about the Kia GT.

  • avatar

    One of these just beat an M3, AMG C, and an ATS-V in C&D.

  • avatar

    There’s a couple of additional options I would want – like the blue paint and heated seats, but regardless of how it’s equipped, I’m having a serious case of “shit up and take my money”.

    I mean, I’ll test drive the Jaguar XE, because diesel, but I suspect I will ultimately end up with one of these, hopefully within the next year.

    Unfortunately leasing is not an option as my commute alone is over 17k miles per year.

  • avatar

    2.0Ts shouldn’t be grittier or gnarlier, they should be inaudible. No four sounds good.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, here it is:

      Sounds like a typical dumpy 4-cylinder to me, especially knowing what the Cloverleaf version sounds like.

  • avatar

    There was no end to the problems I had w/ an Alfa GTV6 I owned back in the day. Soured me on Alfas to the point I will NEVER take a chance on one again. The Ferrari 348 Spyder I had, on the other hand, was so sweet and never gave me any problems (other than running hot in traffic).

  • avatar

    Looks good. No manual = No sale.

  • avatar

    I see of concerns about quality here. I owned a 1999 Alfa 156 2.0 TSpark and a 2006 Brera 2.4. Never had trouble. The 156 was wrecked by my son within a month of him getting his license in 2008 and I sold the Brera in 2010 because I had to. Both cars left a smile on my face each time I drove them.

    Can’t wait to own another Alfa. Especially given the crap Focus SE that I’m driving atm. It’s a 2014 and has gearbox issues. Who would’ve expected that?

    Have to admit that I’d prefer a stick shift though.

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    Wasn’t the late Dodge Dart based on the Giulia platform?

  • avatar

    “It’s a first-year Italian car built in the same plant that used to assemble the Fiat Brava. What could possibly go wrong?”

    If you would know something about Italian cars, you would know that Brava is /was one of best Fiats for long time. It was actually very good car.

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