Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Diesel Ti test: for the love of risk – auto-moto

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a mystery. To use the phrase of our facetious colleagues from Petites Observation Automobiles (POA) about it, this is a sedan that everyone loves, but nobody buys. Of course, this is a bit schematic.

But it must be recognized that after a new test, carried out over nearly 1,000 km, the enigma remains whole how hard it is to admit that such a charming premium wagon could suffer such a laborious commercial career.

The hypothesis most often put forward to explain this hiatus assumes that potential customers, who are moreover sensitive to the rewarding aspect of Germanic production, remain put off by a disappointing build quality and a lack of technological refinement.

These villains, however, the Giulia tries to correct them since the emergence of this 2020 vintage. With some success elsewhere. On board our copy in high Ti finish, combining woodwork and light leather, the greatest care taken in the choice of materials is evident.

Within a warm, irresistibly Latin interior, less fake plastics are accompanied by revisited displays. That of the multimedia interface, with modernized graphics, now stretches to 8.8 inches across the entire range and becomes tactile to complete the practical rotary control located in the central tunnel.

Despite everything, some imperfections persist. Which ultimately only reinforces this unsettling feeling, creeping in as the miles go by; this Alfa definitely approaches a BMW 3 Series. Yes, but 10 years ago. And that’s a big compliment!

Before getting a good deal of gentrification, the Bavarian sedan still made a real difference to the rest of the category at that time, by forgetting its faults, even the grossest, by a driving pleasure far above the rest, whatever its engine (or almost).

By making it lighter and more compact than it is, this Italian inspires the same sense of priorities today. Once installed flush with the floor, facing the two large analogue meters, the appetizing flying three branches in hand, nothing matters except the exhilarating sensation of leading a character drive. Even when it is content with a 4-cylinder that runs on diesel under the hood.

Always controlled by a steering with exceptionally short gear ratio, the front axle throws itself from turn to curve, and vice versa, at the slightest turn. Baffling at first, then addicting later. The rear, on the other hand, accompanies him with at least as much energy as he needs.

And despite the communicative dynamism of the running gear, which the cushioning preserves while maintaining excellent comfort, the 2.2 diesel 160 hp absolutely does not stain the table. Well, a little. Mainly because of its soundproofing, faulty in town or during strong acceleration.

Fortunately, the original ZF 8-speed automatic transmission makes the best possible use of the 450 Nm of torque available from 1,750 rpm to contain engine speed and virtually eliminate hum on the road and motorway. This mechanical roundness lends itself as a bonus to fast driving, but casting, delightful and in line with the family vocation of this Giulia. Without really having to hammer the accelerator to pick up the pace, fuel consumption was limited to 6.3 l / 100 km on this slow-paced journey.

For added exuberance, the builder in Biscione could have made ESP completely disconnectable. Faced with the low probability that heads of families will devote themselves as much to the (silly) joys of skiing as journalists, Conversely, Alfa Romeo preferred to strengthen the security arsenal.

This Ti version now features blind spot monitoring, driver fatigue detection, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance at no extra cost. Definitely, driving in Giulia is, in our eyes, a risk to be taken.

Our verdict

Anyone who still refuses the charms of this Alfa knows what they are missing. But there is still time to change your mind.

WE love

  • Chassis dynamics
  • Convincing engine / gearbox duo
  • Improved manufacturing quality

We like less

  • Diesel hums in town
  • ESP not disconnectable

Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Diesel 160 AT8 Ti tech.sheet

BUY

  • Tested version: € 50,900
  • From 43,500 €
  • Average manufacturer consumption / during the test (l / 100 km): 5.4 / 6.3
  • CO2/ penalty: 142/150 €
  • Fiscal power: 8 CV
  • Country of manufacture: Italy

Proposed range

  • Gasoline from 200 to 510 hp, from € 40,900 to € 88,900
  • Diesel from 136 to 210 hp, from € 37,200 to € 57,000

DRIVE

  • Engine: front, longitudinal, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, direct injection, 16 valves, stop & start, 2143 cc3.
  • Transmission: rear-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic
  • Power (hp @ rpm): 160 to 3,750
  • Torque (Nm at rpm): 450 to 1,750
  • Empty weight (kg): 1,465
  • Length x width x height. (m): 4.64 × 1.86 × 1.44
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.82
  • Tank (l): 52
  • Max speed (km / h): 220
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 8 ”2
  • Standard tires: 225/45 R18
  • Test tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 asymetric3

LIVE

  • Front / rear elbow width (cm): 150/146
  • Rear leg length (cm): 73
  • Chest at 5 (l): 480

RECOMMENDED OPTIONS

  • Steering wheel paddles: 250 €
  • Induction phone charger: 980 €
  • Metallic paint: 950 €

MAIN COMPETITORS

  • Audi A4 35 TDI, from € 44,190
  • BMW 318d Series, from 41,050 €
  • Mercedes Classe C 200 d, from 45,300 €

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