ALFA ROMEO GI­U­LIA

CAR (UK) - - QUICK GROUP TEST -

Push­ing the in­te­rior de­sign en­ve­lope past the sticky bit?

Driv­ing po­si­tion is proper sports car fare and most of the

ma­te­ri­als are ine, but ours had wob­bly di­als and a sticky

cupholder cover. It doesn’t help that in­fo­tain­ment is both

com­pli­cated to nav­i­gate and has the res­o­lu­tion of a potato.

I need to touch base with col­leagues…

If you can get in through the nar­row doors, legroom and

head­room are good, but shal­low win­dows and roof-toloor black in­side may in­duce claus­tro­pho­bia. It’s the only

proper sa­loon here, so boot ac­cess aper­ture is smaller, but

it’s on a par for space with the Audi.

Let’s crunch the num­bers...

Alfa has in­tro­duced an up­dated diesel for the 2019 model

year to pass Euro 6d-Temp emis­sions regs. New en­gine

gains 9bhp (up to 186bhp) but econ­omy is worse by

10mpg. Still the cheap­est per mile to run at 51.2ppm, and

you can lease one for around £345pm**. Bar­gain. VER­DICT

The driver’s choice for those who don’t sweat small stu‚

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