Is there anything interesting about its design?
Hats off to the design team at Alfa Romeo’s Centro Stile. The Giulia is a superb looking machine that manages to combine smooth, gentle curves, echoing classics from the brand’s extensive back catalogue, with angry, angular elements that stand the car apart in any current automotive crowd.
Alfa says the Giulia’s ‘cab rear’ proportions are based purely on its chassis architecture, with short overhangs, a long bonnet and the front wings extended in parallel. The tear drop profile is said to be inspired by the Giulietta Sprint, a 1960s masterpiece, and one of the most beautifully resolved coupes to ever roll off a production line.
Large, elongated headlights and a signature shield-shaped grille create a dramatic and distinctive face, while the tail-lights pick up the same shape as those at the front, with a neatly integrated boot lid spoiler and big three-channel diffuser pointing to aero function also driving the Giulia’s racy form.
The car’s assertive stance, and our test Veloce’s rich ‘Monza Red’ paint, matched with dark grey 19-inch ‘5-Hole’ alloy rims made a stunning combination, to the point where just about every stop and exit of the car led to an impromptu kerbside conversation with an admiring onlooker.
The interior manages to pull off the same balancing act between heritage design cues and current tech to create a cool and inviting cabin environment, with intriguing design details everywhere.
A pair of pronounced cowls over the main instruments (which is actually a 7.0-inch colour TFT display), the tapering sweep of the dash, and lateral ribbing on the centre sections of the leather-trimmed seats shout Alfa heritage, while the 8.8-inch ‘Connect’ multimedia screen, ‘Rotary Pad’ controller, and sleek alloy paddle shifters for the eight-speed auto transmission are seamlessly integrated.