A nip here, a tuck there, and the refreshed Giulia would be spectacular
The whole reason we have long-term test cars is because you learn a lot of things about a car in 12 months you might not notice during the standard two weeks of testing. After 11 months with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport Q2, I’ve got a list of easy fixes Alfa can employ when it refreshes the car in another few years that’ll really knock it out of the park.
Automatic Engine Stop/Start Programming
Eager to save gas, the Giulia’s engine stop/start software is tied to engine oil temperature. As soon as the oil is up to operating temperature, the computer engages the stop/start feature to save gas at stoplights. The problem is, the engine oil gets up to temperature a lot faster than the cabin does. In the summer, that means the cabin hasn’t cooled off yet when the engine shuts down, and in the winter, it hasn’t warmed up yet. Adding a line or two of code that connects the engine stop/start programming to the climate control system would go a long way toward customer satisfaction with the system.
Parking Sensor Programming
It’s nice that Alfa doesn’t want to bother you with a lot of beeping, but a little more wouldn’t hurt. The parking sensors only activate when the car’s in reverse and shut off almost as soon as you start moving forward. There’s a button to turn them on manually, but they still shut themselves off whenever they feel like it. With the Giulia’s low-hanging nose, it would be a lot more useful if the sensors just came on at low speeds.
The Giulia’s infotainment screen doesn’t have borders; it’s behind a larger transparent cover that’s part of the greater dash design. That’s great, except the cover has a matte finish that reflects everything no matter which way you look at it, making the screen hard to read.
This is an Alfa Romeo. It’s a sport sedan. It’s meant for spirited driving. It also may occasionally need to get unstuck from snow or mud, yet there’s no way to disable the electronic stability control.
The great thing about screens is you can put anything you want on them. The Giulia has a screen in the instrument cluster, but it doesn’t show you everything you might want to know when you’re driving a sport sedan. Water temperature, boost pressure, and battery voltage are just a few possible additions.
The Giulia’s sun visors extend to help cover more of the front side windows, but not far enough. They don’t quite cover the back corner, which is annoying when that’s where the sun is coming in. Another inch or two of extension is all it would take.
Read more on our long-term Alfa Romeo Giulia here:
- Update 1: The Personal Connection
- Update 2: The Italian Scallion
- Update 3: Changes We’d Like
- Update 4: Pit Stop
- Update 5: The Winter-Weather Test