In ourin-depth review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia,the Italian luxury sedan couldn’t get enough praise from us when it comes to its excellent driving dynamics. It’s the ultimate driving machine without overdressing for the part, which is definitely a good thing. It’s important, however, that the Giulia has a cabin to support the driver in his or her spirited driving.
Does the Giulia carry a cabin that matches its driving dynamics? Plus, does its Alfa-isms affect the overall driving experience? Here’s a closer look.
Interior: Posh, with a few Alfa-isms
Soft touch materials, leather trims, and digital displays – those are the things you’ll find as soon as you open the Giulia’s doors. I like the texture of the brushed aluminum, as well as the leather on the dashboard and the steering wheel– the latter makes me want to grip on to the D-shaped wheel harder as I intently attack corners.
Understandably, there are a few Alfa-isms you’ll find in the cabin, such as the hooded analog gauge clusters and the push start button found on the steering wheel. Some feedback from the car’s controls can be improved as well, and so are the plastic used to house the gear shifter. They’re not the hard type but they don’t look expensive either.
Beyond the materials used, the Giulia’s front cabin is a joy to be in. The driver and passenger both get a spacious realm, coupled with a lot of space and holes to put your stuff in. Even better, the Giulia’s GT-like driving position and borderline-sporty suspension make for a comfortable drive, even for long hours, and that is reflected in the front passenger. Overall, comfort for both is commendable, if not the best.
The rear seats, however, don’t inherit the same great feeling up front. I stand at 5’6” with medium-built, so I fit snugly into the rear seats. Taller passengers would need to compromise, though, because of the sloping roofline. Three passengers can fit at the back but the one in the middle would be rightfully annoyed by the center transmission tunnel.
The Giulia’s trunk space is generous. Very generous, actually. It can fit a standard-sized stroller plus maybe 2 months worth of groceries. Even better, the rear backrests are foldable in 60:40 fashion so you can definitely maximize it, plus it can be done by just pulling levers found at the trunk area – no need to go back and forth just to fold the backrests.