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Driving report Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 JTDM AWD

Alfa Romeo is upgrading the Giulia with more modern infotainment and more assistance systems. The overdue improvements are good for the mid-size sedan, which is still noticeably positioned for driving dynamics.

A 3 Series BMW may be more closely networked, an Audi A4 more meticulously processed, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, on the other hand, embodies Italian emotions in spite of its American owner. They can still design in Italy. The interior also keeps what the exterior promises. The sports seats hug you like a tight-fitting glove and you can quickly find a good driving position. The redesigned steering wheel with the usual controls and the automatic lever sit comfortably in the hand. A look at the analog round instruments with a small monitor in between brings back memories of their famous predecessors by the name of Giulia.

Alfa is starting anew with infotainment and assistants

In contrast, infotainment has been a comparatively dark chapter up to now: graphics, appearance and handling were simply no longer up-to-date. With the major facelift for 2020 (the facelift comes in 2021), Alfa is starting new with infotainment and assistants. The central 8.8 inch display can now also be operated by touch as an alternative to the rotary knob - a tablet feeling arises. But neither user guidance nor speed can reach the level of the control systems in a BMW or Audi. Despite the improved graphics, the display in the navigation system does not quite keep up with the comparison. Alfa has made the necessary improvements to connectivity. Now the Giulia can be located by remote control when cheating, there is a Wi-Fi hotspot and the system suggests parking spaces.

Alfa is also stepping up with the assistants and emphasizes that they were developed together with Bosch. At the front, a Bosch mid-range wheel with a range of 160 meters and a camera provide autonomous driving functions, such as a traffic jam assistant that supports the driver up to a speed of 60 km / h and also takes over steering tasks. This works very well in city traffic, the Giulia only no longer starts up automatically after standing still for too long.

The lane departure warning system keeps the car in the center of the lane and does not jump back and forth between the markings. The steering wheel now registers in a capacitive way - by simply touching its surface - if the autopilot is left unattended for too long and prompts the driver to act with a warning tone and a red flashing light in the instrument cluster. If you don't follow the urge, the assistant says goodbye and the Alfa simply rolls out. There is no short, jerky braking, as is the case with other manufacturers, to wake up the driver.

Fortunately, nothing has changed when it comes to driving

Not much has changed in driving. The chassis of the Giulia is designed to be sporty and firm, without being uncomfortable. Turning in is a pleasure. The all-wheel drive, in conjunction with the limited-slip differential on the rear axle, rarely raises questions about traction. However, the 2.2-liter diesel takes some time before it gets down to business at full speed. Sure, the diesel engine Giulia is not a QV, but the 154 kW / 210 PS are enough to complete the standard sprint in 6.8 seconds and to be a maximum of 235 km / h. The average consumption is given as 5.2 l / 100 km. The driven version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available at dealerships from the beginning of 2020.

We had the still current Giulia at the end of October 2017 with the same engine and also with all-wheel drive for two weeks in the editorial office. A further relevant detailed driving report was created. (fpi)

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