Alfa Romeo Giulia achieves 5 stars in Euro NCAP and scores better than a Volvo XC90 (on adult protection)

The Alfa Romeo Giulia continues to cause a good initial impression. Apart from some problems in early units tested by some journalists, the car has earned favorable comments on its handling and also on its looks. Now, the sedan in charge of bringing the Cuore Sportivo back from the practically dead has achieved a 5 star rating at the Euro NCAP. But that’s not all it has managed. The Giulia has also scored better in adult protection than the XC90. The Volvo model was the Best in Class last year by Euro NCAP among Large SUVs. Check its test in the video below.

While the XC90 scored 97%, the Alfa Romeo got 98%. If it gets compared to the best “large family car” from 2015, the Jaguar XE, it also beats the Jag in adult protection (98% against 92%). Anyway, it loses in child protection (81% versus 82%), pedestrian protection (69% against 81%) and in Safety Assist (60% versus 82%).

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Considering the two most important scores, it is a very competitive sedan. So far, it is one of the best family cars tested in 2016.

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Technical specifications

Built over the Giorgio rear-wheel drive platform, the Giulia  is 4.64 m long, 1.87 m wide, 1.43 m tall and it has a wheelbase of 2.82 m.

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There are five finishing specifications for the sedan: the base Giulia, Giulia Super, two Giulia Business and Giulia Quadrifoglio. Its base engine is a 2.2 MultiJet II turbodiesel unit able to generate 110 kW at 4,000 rpm and 380 Nm at 1,500 rpm. It uses an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission as standard and a 6-speed manual transmission as an option. Always as a rear-wheel drive sedan.

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The Super trim uses the same 2.2 MultiJet II, but generating 132 kW at 3,750 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,750 rpm. The other option is a 2.0 all aluminum turbocharged petrol engine delivering 147 kW at 5,000 rpm and 330 Nm at 1,750 rpm. It comes only with the 8-speed automatic gearbox. The turbodiesel version has a dry weight of 1,374 kg.

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The Quadrifoglio is not a new face anymore, but it is always worth speaking of it again. Especially its 2.9 V6 with 2 turbochargers and 375 kW and 600 Nm. It comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and reaches a top speed of 307 km/h. The Quadrifoglio also accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 s. It has a dry weight of 1,524 kg.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.