The Giulia sedan is part of a three-model Alfa Romeo lineup that includes the sweet little 4C roadster and the Stelvio utility vehicle. In size, performance and price, the Giulia (pronounced Julia) stacks up against the BMW 5 Series sedan, including the availability of all-wheel-drive. That feature, which can send up to 60 percent of available torque to the front wheels, can be had with the 280-horsepower turbo four-cylinder. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift controls. The automaker claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.5 seconds. For greater performance, the rear-wheel-drive Quadrifoglio (Italian for four-leaf clover) bursts from the gate with a 505-horsepower twin-turbo V-6. With this version, the sprint to 60 mph takes 3.8 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with either powerplant. All Giulia models come with a wealth of standard features such as wood and leather interior trim, sporty bucket seats, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and touch-screen display. The Giulia Ti adds more luxury content plus adjustable suspension settings while the Quadrifoglio comes standard with the latest in crash-avoiding and mitigating technologies.

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