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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 5, 2019
LFA Romeo Giulia is a stylish Italian
sports sedan built on an all-new
rear-drive platform and is designed to
tackle the market segment currently
dominated by the big name Germans and Brits.
A couple of months back we road tested
the red hot variant, the 500 horsepower (375
kW) Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde powered by
a 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V6 developed in co-
operation with Ferrari.
The QV is a truly brilliant machine, but at
$143,900 it's way out of our relatively modest
budget. So this time we've spent a week in the
Giulia Veloce, at $71,895 it's less than half the
Prices start at $59,895 for the model simply
called Giulia, and there's also the $64,195
Giulia Super petrol and $65,895 diesel. We feel
the midrange Veloce is likely the pick of the
group and certainly loved it during our week's
Very sleek and Italian in its shape the Giulia
grabbed plenty of attention from other drivers,
even pedestrians when we were traffic lights.
Major features of the Veloce are a body kit,
rear bumper with diffuser and dual exhaust
tips, gloss black window surrounds, privacy
glass, 19-inch five-hole dark alloy wheels,
upgraded brakes with red painted calipers. It
also has bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive
Front Lighting System and automatic high-
Inside the Veloce are are six-way adjustable
sports leather seats that with power bolsters, a
sports steering wheel, aluminium faced pedals
and aluminium trim details.
An 8.8-inch touchscreen is operated through
a rotary controller on the centre console.
Veloce has a 10-speaker premium sound
Alfa Giulia Veloce has the 2.0-litre turbo-
petrol engine with 206 kW and 400 Nm. The
lower cost models in the range have a similar
engine, but in a lower state of tune - 147 kW
and 330 Nm.
Heaven forbid, there's even a diesel engine.
A 2.2-litre producing 132 and plenty of torque
at 450 Nm - but, No thank you.
All engines are longitudinally mounted and
drive through an eight-speed ZF automatic.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia range received a five-
star Euro NCAP rating and was commended
for achieving the highest ever adult occupant
Even more importantly is the ability not to
have a crash in the first place, with the sporting
Alfa's 50:50 weight distribution and excellent
handing playing a major part.
On standby for drivers not paying attention
are forward collision warning, autonomous
emergency brake with pedestrian recognition,
integrated brake system and lane departure
Like its big brother the Ferrari Portofino we
tested a couple of weeks back the Alfa Romeo
Giulia has a start/stop button on the steering
wheel. The Veloce engine springs into life
eagerly with a nice growl and settles into the
sort of fast idle we love in sports cars.
The sound is relatively muted during normal
driving but does liven up nicely when you start
to pedal the Veloce along with added intent.
engine lag is
if you're really
in the need for
you will notice a few tenths of a second passing
before you get the best from it, but we've felt
Fast overtaking is easy as a solid prod on the
loud pedal gets the engine and transmission
working in unison to have the Alfa at the
correct revs for maximum action.
The shifter paddles are large and sit at just
the right distance behind the wheel.
Handling is simply brilliant thanks to near
perfect front to rear with distribution. The
Alfa comes alive when you hurry it along on
your favourite driver's road. Steering is nicely
weighted and you quickly learn to come up
with that lovely man-and-machine feel which
brings a smile to your face.
Comfort is pretty good, though if you do
go for the sports modes the car can be a bit
bouncy on some rough and read backroads.
Alfa Giulia wouldn't be a true Italian car
without a few annoyances. The drinkholders
are rather small and aren't the easiest to get
into action. And the tiny windscreen wiper
control is tucked away behind the gearshift
The rear door openings are fairly small
and taller passengers will need to do a
bit of manoeuvring to get inside. Once
there, legroom is adequate although some
negotiations may be required between taller
front and rear occupants. Headroom may be
marginal for taller occupants.
Alfa Romeo is chasing what it says is its
"renaissance" with this new rear-drive platform.
The Giulia is simply brilliant in the way it
drives, looks and feels.
Incidentally, Alfa has now introduced an SUV
called Stelvio that's built on the same platform
as the Giulia. We will test drive and report on
AT A GLANCE
Giulia 2.0: $59,895
Giulia 2.0 Super petrol: $64,195
Giulia Super diesel: $65,895
Giulia Veloce: $71,895
Giulia QV: $143,900
Note: These prices do not include
government or dealer delivery charges. Contact
your local Alfa Romeo dealer for drive-away
SPECIFICATIONS (Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-door sedan)
Capacity: 1.995 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 206 kW @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque: 400 Nm @ 2250 rpm
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 6.1
CO2 Emissions: 141 g/km
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4643 mm
Wheelbase: 2820 mm
Width: 1860 mm
Height: 1436 mm
Turning Circle: 10.9 metres
Kerb Mass: 1490 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 58 litres
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc
Three years / 150,000 kilometres
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
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