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First Drive: Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T 280 Veloce Ti
The story: Alfa Romeo has added a bridge between the regular Giulia compact executive saloon and the hot Quadrifoglio performance version in the form of the Veloce Ti
Category:Compact Executive
Key rival:BMW 3-Series
On sale:Now

Alfa Romeo, already one of the most sporting-orientated mainstream brands, has moved to enhance that reputation with the addition of the Veloce Ti model to the Giulia compact executive saloon range.

The Veloce Ti has the 280hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and is a significant £5000 more than the regular Veloce model, but adds leather and Alcantara heated sports seats, carbonfibre interior trim, illuminated carbonfibre door sills and other interior tweaks, as well as the all-important exterior enhancements such as the 19-inch dark-coloured alloy wheels previously only available on the 510hp Quadrifoglio, carbon mirror caps and grille and red brake calipers.First Dive-June 2019-Alfa Romeo Giulia-Image 1

The 280hp petrol engine is predictably not the most efficient available, offering CO2 emissions of 158g/km, but for low-mileage perk senior executives it certainly looks the part, thanks to the eye-catching styling in a sector that is traditionally quite conservative. The interior is something of a contradiction, with cheaper plastic at odds with the nice seats and other neatly styled elements.

To drive, the Giulia remains a composed and enjoyable experience, with the steering and chassis geared nicely towards the enthusiast, while the 280hp engine is responsive and rapid, matching the 0-62mph time of its best rivals at just 5.7 seconds.

The biggest problem is the price, with the Ti passing through the £45,000 barrier, a cost based on the fact that it has the go to accompany the show. It’s a very alluring car, but there are better all-rounders for such a large chunk of money.

Paul Barker

The verdict

The Veloce Ti is an appealing package that enhances the Alfa’s strengths but is very pricey against both the more efficient Giulia models and its premium brand competition. A real perk car’s perk car.