he Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint is the sort of cool vehicle that everyone enjoys, however no one appears to wish to buy. In 2019, which we might concern consider the last complete year of human civilisation, the brand name sold 3,413 automobiles with the famous badge planted on the bonnet. That is just a handful more than its Fiat Chrysler group efficiency stablemate, Abarth, handled to shift, and stands in poor comparison with other traditional premium smaller sized players such as Lexus or Volvo (about 15,000 and 56,000 respectively). Bentley offers about the very same number of automobiles as Alfa, which at least means that your Italian saloon is special. Which is certainly why you do not see many Alfas around, and why some of us stress for the future of the brand.
It is all a shame, because the Giulia Sprint, for instance, is an extremely adorable cars and truck. The basic shape has actually been around for a few years, but it’s had a mild refresh, and still looks splendidly sinuous and “dynamic”, as the marketing copywriters have it. Alfa Romeo, which I guess is not made of money, is rather good at reconciling its older styles by including stylish touches and evocative detailing to automobiles that are otherwise familiar, therefore it is here. My test automobile is ended up in white, but whatever else bar the Alfa badge and number plates is finished in black– the huge alloy wheels, the conventional “moustache” grille, “smoke-effect” rear light clusters, rear exhaust and diffuser, the “Sprint” script on the wing … Even the door mirrors and windows are as darkly tinted as a Group 4 security van. The starkly monochrome finish makes the thing look like a concept-car mock-up or a magazine graphic. They have actually done a great task there, I need to say.
Inside, it’s a symphony of good taste, black leather, and a brand-new, more up-to-date control screen– partly touch, partially run by a rotary dial in the console, which is OKAY and most likely more secure than doing the entire thing like an iPad.
Obviously none of that would be much use if the Giulia didn’t go, and stop, along with the Alfisti need, and indeed it does. The Sprint model is about in the middle of the range, being one of the faster two-litre petrol models before you graduate to the more furious V6 versions with their carbon fiber alternatives. So it fasts to accelerate, responsive, and has some great engineering, which means that– for a lot of motorists out on our public roadways and following the highway code– it can entertain as readily as the similarity a BMW 320 (though I admit that is a powerful machine certainly). The chassis and suspension have actually been specifically well engineered, including expensive features and aluminium componentry, and the torquey engine sounds wonderful, though probably a bit grumbly for those who put refinement initially (attempt a Lexus in that event). The Giulia is, like its German competitors, rear-wheel drive, which is what a correct sports saloon should be, though it is simple to forget because Alfa was using front-wheel drive, Fiat-sourced drivetrains for so long. Given that most things sound more amazing or charming in Italian than they perform in English– such as olio (oil), giri (revs) and pattumiera (bin)– what they should do is discover a way of putting some graphics along the side that shriek “trazione posteriore”. On second ideas, that may be the exception to the everything-sounds-better-in-Italian rule.
It’s all down to money, truly, and whether you’re prepared to join the generations of drivers who’ve been content to believe that Alfa Romeo has actually left its reputation for making undependable automobiles offered by could not- care-less dealers. If it’s somebody else’s cash, or you’re mad on design and love cars, and just don’t care much about financial things anyhow, then an Alfa Giulia can make your life complete. If not, then Honda’s revamped CRV is now on sale.