The Alfa Romeo Giulia is an astonishing, efficiency sedan. Can it debunk the parable of unreliable Alfas?

by Dim Angelov, on

Alfa Romeo is an outdated European title within the automotive business and has loved a wonderful motorsport historical past, at the very least in its earlier many years. That stated, whereas Alfa Romeo has given us some fairly superb automobiles, during the last decade and a half – 8C, 4C, Giulia, and Stelvio – the corporate continues to be perceived as a carmaker that doesn’t have the very best reliability. Nonetheless, this isn’t as true as many would lead you to imagine, as we take a more in-depth have a look at a 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia, courtesy of the YouTube channel, _fast4alfa.

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The video is definitely supplied by the proprietor of the automotive, who has had it since Could 2021 and has put over 20,000 miles (approx. 32,200) on it, since. These embrace freeway, metropolis, monitor, and autocross, and the proprietor factors out, he has been very pleased with it, up to now.

The mannequin we’re is the Giulia This fall Ti Sport, which is the one underneath the Quadrofoglio, and has the 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four, with 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm). This explicit one has all-wheel drive, though it’s rear-wheel-drive-biased, and a ZF, eight-speed computerized. This enables for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) dash in 5.2 seconds, though this explicit one has a tune and a downpipe, and is able to a 4.5-second dash, and a high-12-second quarter-mile time.

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Engine2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four
Energy280 HP
Torque295 LB-FT
TransmissionZF, eight-speed computerized
0 to 60 mph5.2 seconds
Quarter mile12 seconds

Though the four-cylinder Giulia shares, just about, the identical chassis because the QV and GTAm, the proprietor factors out that it’s not an ideal automotive and talks about any potential issues you might or might not expertise, in addition to methods to deal with them.

Corroded battery terminals

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This one is a bit bizarre, however is smart, on condition that the automobiles are shipped from Italy, by sea. The battery is situated within the trunk, simply behind the proper taillight, so it’s straightforward to get to. That stated, due to the salty air, the terminals are likely to corrode, which if left unattended, could cause electrical gremlins.

It’s a simple repair – both purchase a brand new battery or clear the put up terminals. It’s additionally price noting that this goes just for Giulia fashions which might be being imported to North America, as automobiles for the European market are being transported by land.

Radiator leaks (earlier fashions)

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Once more, it’s nothing horrifying and it’s a simple repair. Earlier fashions can endure from leaks as a result of a unhealthy radiator seam on the high or backside (normally on the backside). That is on earlier automobiles (like this 2018 Giulia) and Alfa Romeo has put out a service bulletin for the problem. The repair normally includes changing the radiator, which takes roughly three hours.

Cost air cooler relay

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The third potential problem, you might expertise with a Giulia is a nasty relay that goes to the cost cooler – the half liable for cooling the compressed air from the turbo and cools it earlier than it will get to the engine. The signs are apparent, because the engine won’t offer you full energy. The proprietor has skilled this problem and, in the course of the diagnostics, it confirmed the next code: DTC U1008.

Because the proprietor explains,it’s, primarily, a fuse situated in a fuse field, in the proper wheel arch. It’s the identical fuse because the one for the rear window defroster, which can also be situated there. For the very best entry, eradicating the wheel is advisable, after which it’s a matter of unscrewing a few bolts, in an effort to get to the unhealthy fuse and change it.

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia the brand new efficiency sedan benchmark?

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After discussing the potential points you might or might not encounter with an Alfa Romeo Giulia, the proprietor walks us across the exterior and inside of the automotive, which he praises for the good mix of type and performance.

Having pushed a number of variations of the Giulia, I can affirm that it’s greater than able to competing with the likes of the BMW 3 Sequence, Genesis G70, Lexus IS, and different sporty sedans, when it comes to chassis, consolation, and general efficiency.

As talked about above, this explicit Giulia has an ECU tune and a downpipe. Though the proprietor doesn’t share the horsepower and torque positive aspects, we see that the automotive manages a constant 4.5-second 0-60 mph (97 km/h) dash and a 12.9-second quarter-mile time.

Ultimate ideas

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Alfa Romeo Giulia is the model’s first rear-wheel-drive sedan for the reason that 1985 Alfa Romeo 75. As such, the Giulia served as one thing of a Genesis for the Italian model and it actually proved that Alfa Romeo can, as soon as once more, compete with the extra constant German choices, within the section. What’s much more vital is that Giulia debunks the myths about Alfa Romeo automobiles being unreliable.

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring fans. My ardour for automobiles was awoken on the age of six, after I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Through the years, I’ve practiced and grow to be expert in precision driving and up to now have check pushed greater than 250 automobiles throughout the globe. Through the years, I’ve picked up primary mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Kind and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Recently, I’ve taken a elaborate to automotive pictures, and whereas fashionable automobiles are my main ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, warfare historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automotive restoration. In time, I plan my very own basic automotive restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I anticipate to ascertain my very own racing workforce.  Learn full bio

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