Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review
Alfa has a rich history of building cars that are great to drive and this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s is a proper BMW M3 beater. It could be better quality inside, though.
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
- Fantastic engine
- Great fun to drive
- Rear passenger space
What's not so good
- Average infotainment system
- Interior quality in places
- No manual gearbox
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There was a time not so long ago when buying a brilliant performance saloon meant buying something German, and that was that. However, if you want performance with a dose of practicality today, then the Italian Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio just has to be on your list.
Courtesy of a generous smattering of carbon fibre, numerous gaping air intakes, quad-exhaust pipes and huge phone-dial alloy wheels, the Giulia Quadrifoglio certainly looks every bit as aggressive as an Audi RS5, BMW M3 or Mercedes-AMG C63. To many eyes, it looks more beautiful with it.
And, thankfully, performance is as healthy as the exterior suggests. Its turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 pushes out 503hp, sending power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Unfortunately, there’s no manual gearbox option.
Clever torque vectoring and stability control systems that brake individual wheels help rein in all that power and can be tailored via Alfa’s DNA drive select, which offers four different modes – Natural, Dynamic, All-weather, and Race.
Primed in the last of those four settings, the Giulia Quadrifoglio cracks 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds – quicker than all its aforementioned alternatives. And, unlike the Germans, the Alfa isn’t limited to a top speed of 155mph – in fact, it’ll relentlessly surge onto a simply ludicrous 191mph where space (and laws) permit.
Alfa has a fantastic heritage, but given its cars of late, you wouldn’t think this Giulia Quadrifoglio would be up to much. Wrong: it’s an absolute riot to drive.
With figures like these, it’s not a surprise to learn Ferrari had a hand in the Quadrifoglio’s development. Alfa’s sister company set to work providing an engine and drive more in keeping with one of its supercars. It means threading your way along a winding country road at speed is easier than it is in the edgy BMW M3, yet when set to Natural the Giulia also does a better job of being a cosseting executive saloon too. And it isn’t just the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s comfy drive, there’s also more room for a couple of adults to stretch out in its rear seats than its German alternatives, while behind them is a generous boot.
It’s just a shame that the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s interior isn’t quite up to the same standards as BMW and Audi in terms of quality. And, although its infotainment system comes with sat-nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android auto as standard and is laid out like BMW’s brilliant iDrive with a rotary controller, its menus are less intuitive and its on-screen graphics aren’t as modern.
However, those fairly minor interior complaints aside, the Quadrifoglio’s breadth of talents could be enough n to tempt you to this historic brand, stealing sales from its German rivals in the process. If you’re convinced, check out our deals pages.