Our Favourite Affordable Performance Cars - Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Lisa Harper

By: Lisa Harper

Looking for an affordable performance car that’s a little different? We think we’ve got the perfect car for you:

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Vital Statistics

- 2.9-litre 503bhp V6 petrol engine
- 8-speed ZF auto gearbox
- 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds
- Top Speed 191mph
- Approximately 34.4mpg
- 189g/km of CO2

Awards

- What Car? Best Sports Car of the Year 2018
- Top Gear Best Car 2016

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the convergence of optimum engineering and thought-provoking emotion which could only come from Alfa Romeo.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio side view

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a powerful beast with the 2.9-litre V6 engine delivering 503bhp and 600 Nm of torque between 2500-5000RPM so you are certain to experience the kind of acceleration that pins you to the back of your seat. In fact 0-62mph can be achieved in just 3.9 seconds, while the 191mph top speed will have you tearing round the track.

Going fast is all well and good, but you still need to be able to stop. The Giulia Quadrifoglio features Alfa Romeo’s electromechanical integrated system, which optimises feedback from the brake pedal to provide an almost instantaneous response. The result is an unbelievable stopping distance of 62-0mph in just 32 metres.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is light to handle and well-poised when manoeuvring, due to the nimble quick-to-respond steering which has only two turns lock to lock. While the supple and well-damped suspension provides a comfortable ride on every drive, be it on the road or on the track. 

Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio front view

Looks wise you can trust that Alfa Romeo will deliver the goods! It will come as no surprise that the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is unashamedly attractive, so it’s sure to turn heads for all the right reasons. The aesthetically crafted exterior features the iconic Alfa ‘Trilobe’ front grille as well as plenty of carbon fibre highlights for outstanding racing spirit.

Inside it is equally extraordinary. The driver centred interior puts you fully in control, while the sophisticated high-end materials like carbon fibre and leather add an up-market edge. Plus you’ll find it is one of the comfiest rides on the market, thanks to the ergonomic and ultralight Sparco seats which provide unrivalled comfort and lateral support.

Cutting edge innovations ensure an inspiring drive. Take the Chassis Domain Control, this unique Alfa Romeo technology is the brains of the car and is responsible for controlling a host of technology for the most dynamic performance to date. While the Alfa Romeo DNA profile includes four modes so it allows you to select the mode to suit your drive. When on the track you can enjoy full throttle from Race mode while the Advanced Efficiency mode is ideal for optimum efficiency on your daily commute. 

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio interior

The cabin space is more than adequate up front and in the rear, so everyone on board should manage to get comfortable. The boot is capable of handling a couple of suitcases or a bag of golf clubs. However the rear seats can’t be folded forward to expand load area so that’s your lot in terms of luggage; hardly a deal-breaker if you’re looking for a sportier car.

Far from being a one-trick pony, you’ll discover the Giulia Quadrifoglio is crammed with the latest on-board technology to make everyday driving a real pleasure. The 8.8” Alfa Connect System comes with 3D Nav and Bluetooth. While everything you need to know about how the car is performing is displayed on the crystal clear seven-inch TFT colour instrument cluster. Plus as it’s available with a Sound Theatre from Harman Kardon you get award winning sound on every journey. Complete with fourteen speakers including two surround speakers and one subwoofer, you are guaranteed outstanding acoustics on the move.

We all know by now that performance comes at the cost of efficiency. Few will care on the track, however, if like most you still need a car for the daily commute then it soon becomes paramount. The Giulia Quadrifoglio won’t win awards for efficiency with 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 189g/km, however Alfa Romeo have striven to make it more efficient. The engine can operate on only three active cylinders for improved fuel consumption, plus the latest Start&Stop technology brings with it additional fuel savings.

Keeping you safe and secure the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is equipped with a full range of safety features, which are sure to come in handy on the daily commute. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking can help prevent collisions. Other features include Lane Departure Warning, Cruise Control with speed limiter and Blind-Spot Monitoring with rear cross-path detection. With all of that kit packed in, it’s hardly surprising that it scored top marks in Euro NCAP testing.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio rear view

So if you’re looking for a high octane unique driving experience, that delivers day-to-day practicality and lashings of style then there’s not much better choice than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

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