Parking is a dream in the Quadrifoglio. The rear view camera has handy gridlines and I used it a lot. And I especially like the power folding door mirrors that automatically close when the car is locked. Nice touch. The cool bi-Xenon lights are automatic and very efficient at dusk and for night driving.
Music and traffic info is crucial on any long drive. The Quadrifoglio’s infotainment system is provided by a 7” TFT colour cluster display operated by a nimble rotary pad and boasts an awesome 8-speaker audio system. There’s also DAB radio and I have the optional Harmon Kardon Sound theatre in my loan car with superb surround sound. This is an extra £950 and highly recommended. The Satnav is good, easy to use via the rotary dial and it links to your phone.
I like a car with decent cabin storage: the Giulia has a glove compartment, 2 cup holders and door storage. Plus an essential USB port (which would have been very welcome in the Spider). The rear seats are very comfortable with plenty of legroom for three adults.
An approaching waddling seagull when I am stationary means the Alfa’s alarming shriek is emitted to warn me of this approaching danger. Hilarious and ear-splitting simultaneously! Indeed, the safety features are excellent in the Giulia Quadrifoglio with blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, as well as a cruise control with handy speed limiter (I didn’t use this!). There’s also autonomous braking (happened once and it jolted me out of my reverie), as well as lane departure warning.
My loan car boasted optional Brembo carbon ceramic material brakes which were responsive without being juddery, with gorgeous callipers in striking yellow with Alfa Romeo handwritten in black. Very cool.
With its 58-litre fuel tank, I managed a combined 35mpg on motorways, town traffic and zippy dual carriageways. Better than I’d imagined in such a powerful beast.
In summary, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio V6 is a beautiful car and more than a match for its German rivals in this class. She was a dream to drive, both on Dorset country lanes and along the UK’s motorways. I’m so happy to see this classic Italian marque has reinvented itself to provide some of the most exciting high-performance cars in the world.
Italians definitely do it better.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio V6 Bi-Turbo
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio V6 Bi-Turbo 510hp Stats
Starting price: £61,295
Acceleration: 0-62mph 3.9 secs
Top speed: 191mph
Gearbox 8+ 1R
Max Power: 510 (375) 6500
Max Torque: 600 (61) 2500
Combined cycle 1/100km: 34.4
CO2 emissions: 189