The Alfa Romeo Giulia will let anyone get comfy in the front, but it’s not quite as spacious in the back; and, although the boot seems quite spacious on paper, it’s not as easy to use in daily life
Basic Giulia models get front seats with six-way manual adjustment that’ll let you get comfy no matter how tall or short you are. The steering wheel also moves for height and reach, and the Giulia doesn’t suffer from the long-arm/short-leg driving position that used to be the preserve of Italian cars. Speciale models and above have seats that offer the same range of adjustment but move electrically.
Getting into the back of the Alfa is restricted by a wheel arch that eats into the door opening, but once you’re in knee room is plentiful. However, anyone over six foot will find headroom is tight – if not quite as tight as in the back of a Mercedes C-Class or Jaguar XE, but for most passengers, most of the time it is going to be absolutely fine.
Unfortunately, the Giulia’s not great for carrying three people in the back because the middle seat is a little bit uncomfortable and the hump in the floor means there’s not that much room for everyone’s feet. However, this is a common problem the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE also suffer from.
You’ll find it is easier to fit a child seat in those models because in the Alfa you have to navigate the larger top half of the seat around the protruding wheel arch. Once it’s in, though, it’s easy to fit the base of the seat.
The Giulia has plenty of interior cubby spaces, but they are rather small. Neither the front or the rear door bins will fit a large bottle of water – something an Audi A4 has no trouble doing – and the glovebox is also lacking in the size department. That said, you get two cupholders in the front and the back, and a deep storage area under the front centre armrest.
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The Alfa Romeo has a 480-litre boot – it’s exactly the same size as the load bays in the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class, and 25 litres bigger than the Jaguar XE’s. However, it isn’t quite as usable as the on-paper figures suggest – the thin shape means it can’t quite carry as much as an Audi A4. It isn’t jampacked with features, either, but you do get a smaller storage area on the left-hand-side of the boot and a hidden cubby under the floor where you can hide valuables such as a camera.
The boot’s shape means a set of golf clubs has to be wedged in, but there’s plenty of space for a stroller and a soft bag or two. Because boot floor’s not very wide, it can only carry one large suitcase with a smaller one wedged in alongside it – again, you’ll fit more in an Audi A4.
Rear seats that fold and split 40:20:40 – so you can carry two rear-seat passengers and something long (like a snowboard) through from the boot – are standard on Speciale and Veloce model and a £255 option on the rest of the range. With them fitted, the Giulia can swallow a bike with its front wheel removed.