With a 50-50 weight distribution, this car is nicely balanced and handles well into the corners. It’s the perfect companion for a leisurely cruise, or for a blast on the country roads, which is where the Quadrifoglio truly comes alive. The sound that emanates from the four exhausts is raw and utterly sublime, and it almost urges you to look out for any opportunity to accelerate.
WLTP combined fuel consumption is quoted at 27.2 mpg, which is pretty respectable for a car of this kind, but your mind will never be far away from wondering how far you are from the fuel pumps.
For our 230-mile round-trip to the south coast, we averaged 30 mpg and used around three-quarters of the 58-litre fuel tank, which isn’t too bad. Combined CO2 emissions are pitched at 236 g/km, but luckily this model still qualifies for London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) for those residing in and around the capital.
Aside from the likes of climate control and electric windows, for example, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is packed full of technology and safety equipment, as you would expect for the price. New for MY20 is the addition of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which have developed in conjunction with Bosch.
This means that you have adaptive cruise control to hand, road sign recognition, Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist, which keep the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic (Traffic Jam Assistant) or on the motorway (Highway Assist), while also adjusting the speed according to the current limits.
Finally, there’s equally Driver Attention Assist that monitors driver drowsiness and triggers an alert if necessary, meaning there’s the peace of a mind that there’s a lot of clever systems keeping you safe when out on the road.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of the best high-performance saloons around and having spent a mere few days with it; it gives its direct German competitors a real run for their money.
This car doesn’t scream and shout “I cost over £70,000!”, but then again, this model prides itself on subtlety, and what’s hiding underneath this beautifully styled five-door is a truly breath-taking experience that’s worth every penny.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Specification at a glance:
- Price as tested: £72,085 (including £4,980 for the Convenience Pack and Driver Assistance Pack Plus)
- Engine: 2,891 cc V6
- Power: 510 hp @ 6,500 rpm
- Top speed: 191 mph
- 0 – 62 mph: 3.9 seconds
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- WLTP combined fuel economy: 27.2 mpg
- CO2 emissions: 236 g/km
- Fuel tank capacity: 58 litres
- Close rivals: BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Where and How?
For more information on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, visit www.alfaromeo.co.uk/models/quadrifoglio.
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