ALFA ROMEO GIULIA ESSENTIALS: A STYLE STANDOUT, BUT THERE’S SUBSTANCE TOO

What is it: This Alfa Romeo Giulia is aiming high, squarely at the German entry-luxury sedan leaders. The Giulia comes in two flavors: The car driven here is the four-cylinder model with optional all-wheel drive. The next step on the ladder is a big one, up to the mighty 505-hp Quadrifoglio. The Giulia was the first of six vehicles on the new Giorgio platform, the Stelvio crossover second. Still to come are another crossover or two, a Giulia-based coupe and a sedan larger than the Giulia.

Key Competitors: BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Audi A4

Base Price: $40,991 As Tested Price: $46,490

Highlights: With its short front and rear bumpers, muscular side panels and tight, flowing lines down the hood into Alfa’s signature V-shape grille, the Giulia definitely instills some beautiful, and much-needed, design into the compact luxury market.

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