2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan

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2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 6, 2020
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The Italian automotive giants Alfa Romeo resurrected the Giulia badge again in 2015, and as always, it came out to be one of the best driving machines. The Quadrifoglio is the performance version of the Giulia sedan. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio leaves no stones unturned when it comes to the driving experience. With a base price of $74,500, the Quadrifoglio stands tall as the top of the line variant of the Giulia lineup. 

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrigoglio is offered with a 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 and is a direct competitor to the likes of BMW M550i and Audi RS5 Sportback. Read our in-depth review to get a more clear picture of how the Giulia Quadrifoglio reserves its spot in the US market. 

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Pros

One of the best engines in the business

Performance Oriented

Good Looks

Cons

Cramped Interior Space

Reliability Issues

What's New?

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia gets a refreshed and updated infotainment system.


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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine And Performance

9.1

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.2

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.1

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MSRP


2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Base

Base

power
505 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$74,445


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $74,445 MSRP (23/26/31) 505 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2.9 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic 8HP75 rear wheel drive 5

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The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a performance oriented Italian sedan. The 2021 Giulia Quadrifoglio is a carry forward version of the 2020 model year. It gets the same 2.9L Turbocharged V6 engine that has been borrowed from Ferrari. It is a completely driver oriented machine and faces a cut throat competition from the likes of BMW M550i and Audi RS5 Sportback. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear View

7.6/10
Features

 
 
 

9.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 

8.1/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Features

7.6/10

Being the top of the line variant, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is offered in a single trim level, with a base price of $74,500. The Giulia comes loaded with a plethora of modern and dynamic features as standard. As standard, the Quadrifoglio is offered with a Rear-Wheel-Drive configuration and a 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 monster under the hood.

Trim

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

MSRP (RWD)

$74,500

Key Features

8.8” touchscreen with 3D Navigation and Wireless Charging dock

 

Harman Kardon Premium Sound System

 

19” Alloy Wheels

 

Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls

 

Seats with sporty red stitching

 

Performance Brembo Ceramic Brakes

 

Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel with F1 inspired paddle shifters

 

Driver Assistance system with Blind Spot Assist and Traffic Sign recognition

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is only offered in a single trim level, however, Alfa Romeo does provide 4 different additional packages for different additional prices. 

The ‘Niro Edizionepackage costs $500 and features Dark Miron Badging, Dark Miron Exterior Mirror Caps and Dark Miron ‘V’ Scudetto Grille. 

The ‘Exterior Carbon Fiber Package’ costs an additional $1,100 and flaunts added exterior features like Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirrors, Carbon Fiber ‘V’ Scudetto grille and Dark Miron Badging. 

The ‘Security and Convenience’ package is valued at $450 and has some added convenience features like cargo net, cargo tie down loops, grocery bag hooks and premium alarm system. 

The ‘Active Driver Assist Package Quadrifoglio’ sets you back $2,200 and adds a load of driver assistance and safety features like Driver Attention Alert, Automatic High-Beam Headlamp control, infrared windshield and many more. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Alfa Romeo’s never had a great reputation for being reliable. The Italian automotive giants make exotic and driver oriented machines that have custom built parts. Moreover, the weak dealership network also doesn’t help much. However, in case you prefer driving over all other aspects of a car, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio will keep you on your toes. 

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was awarded 73/100 points, which is an ‘above average’ rating by J.D.Power rating. Considering the Alfa Romeo history, 73 points is a great improvement for the Giulia. Although the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio hasn’t been tested by J.D.Power ratings yet, considering that much has not changed under the hood since the 2020 version, we are pretty confident the latest iteration will have the same reliability ratings.

Over the years, a few recalls have been made for the Giulia line up, however, the Quadrifoglio variant has been in the good lights. The main concern that included the Giulia Quadrifoglio was raised for the 2018-2019 model years, in relation to the Brake System Module (BSM). The BSM Module prevented the driver from disabling the Adaptive Cruise Control, after the traction control system detected a specific wheel slip. This increased the risk of a crash. However, Alfa Romeo quickly attended to the concern and the issue was eradicated for the following iterations.

Washington

$74,500

Florida

$74,500

California

$74,500

New Jersey

$74,500

Arizona

$74,500

The base price for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will be $74,500. However, for different states of the US, the prices vary because of different taxes being implied on the vehicles. The average sales tax across the US is about 5%, whereas people from the states of Montana, Delaware, Atlanta, New Hampshire and Oregon enjoy the lowest prices as the sales taxes are exempted from these states.

On an average, the true cost to own the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is about $25,000 to $33,000 annually. The costs generally are higher than usual mainly due to expensive mechanical parts and lack of availability. Although, if you consider the driving performance and experience over practicality and costs, the Alfa Romeo is seems to be a favourable option. 

Warranty

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio comes with a limited warranty offer of 4 years or 50,000 miles, depending on whichever occurs first. The Italian manufacturer is now more concerned about the quality of their products and tries to make the ownership as easy as possible. 

Warranty

Period

Limited Warranty

4 Years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first

Powertrain Warranty

4 Years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first

Emission Control Warranty

3 Years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first

The Alfa Romeo provides a variety of different warranty schemes over their vehicles. Moreover, The Giulia Quadrofoglio is a reliable car. With a score of 73 overall, the Guila receives an above average rating from J.D.Power, which in turn is a fair statement about its quality. 

Miles Per Dollar

The average maintenance cost for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio comes out to be around $740 annually. This gives the Alfa a miles per dollar cost of 20.27 miles per $1. Considering that it is an all performance Italian sports saloon, the miles per dollar cost of the Giulia seems very effective. On the other hand, you get to enjoy the awe inspiring performance of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Buying Advice

As the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the top of the line trim of the line-up, it is offered as a single variant. The Quadrifoglio also gets a bigger 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine, which is an upgrade to the standard Giulia. Moreover, with an additional cost, you can also get some add on features, which give the Giulia a more aggressive and meaner look. 

Moreover in comparison to the competitors, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is much more engaging to drive and gets a much more characterful look. The Giulia Quadrifoglio does cost more than the others and is a bit more expensive to maintain, but it surely is a worthy vehicle. 

Is buying a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio a good idea?

A used 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, with a sticker price of about $77,000, has a market value of about $64,000. It still retains 83% of its value. The fitment of the Giulia is for 12 years, which still gives you 11 years of usage. The average maintenance cost for the Alfa comes out to be around $750 annually.

One can surely get a great deal on a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Although, it is relatively expensive to maintain. The Alfa Romeo’s had a bad impression about its reliability factors. Now being a part of Chrysler, the service network has expanded aggressively and the true ownership costs of the Alfa Romeo’s are also getting reduced

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Engine and Performance

9.1/10

Under the hood, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio gets a “Ferrari” developed 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged 90° V6 engine, which is a true masterpiece. The Guilia Quadrifoglio pumps out 505 hp @ 6,500 revs and a total of 443 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 revs. The Ferrari engine is an aluminium block and is hyperactive. The response from the engine is immediate and the sound that it produces is melodious and gives you a true feeling of a sports car. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Engine Bay

All the power is managed by a ZF 8 Speed automatic transmission, that powers the rear two wheels. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a driver oriented machine and the engine proves the same. Alfa Romeo has gone to great extents just to make the Quadrifoglio drive exceptionally. Though it has its own small faults, however the Giulia Quadrifoglio still has one of the best engines that you can get. 

Models

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

BMW M550i xDrive

Audi RS5 Sportback

MSRP

$74,500

$77,645

$75,195

Engine

2.9L Twin Turbo V6

4.4L Turbocharged V8

2.9L Turbocharged V-6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

505hp@6,500rpm

523hp@5,500rpm

444hp@5,700rpm

Torque

443lb-ft@2,500rpm

553lb-ft@1,800rpm

443lb-ft@1,900rpm

The BMW M550i xDrive gets the biggest block in the lot. With a 4.4L Turbocharged V8 engine at its helm, the Beemer produces 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torques. It outperforms both the competitors by quite some margin in terms of torques. However, on the other hand, the Giulia Quadrifoglio still provides a wonderful driving experience, which is lacking in the others. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio can accelerate to 60 MPH from a standstill in a mere 3.8 seconds, which in itself is faster than some of the sports cars on sale, even today. The 2.9L twin turbocharged V6 engine has been borrowed from one of the best names in the automobile industry “Ferrari”. The ZF 8-Speed automatic transmission is quick and shifts are immediate. The rear wheel drive configuration also aids up to a perfect weight distribution for the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 3.8 secs

Along with an exceptional performance while gaining the speed, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio also only takes 102 ft of distance to come to a halt from 60 MPH. The Giulia Quadrifoglio gets 14.2” rotors in the front and 13.8” rotors in the rear. It also weighs just over 3,800 lbs, which makes it lighter than its competitors. 

Models

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

BMW M550 xDrive

Audi RS5 Sportback

0-60 MPH

3.8 Sec

3.9 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed

191 MPH

155 MPH

174 MPH

60-0 MPH

102 ft

106 ft

105 ft

The 2021 Alfa Romeo outperforms both of its rivals, the BMW M550i and the Audi RS5 sportback in terms of stopping distance. It also is faster than the BMW by 0.1 of a second in a 0-60 MPH sprint. The true colors of the Italian sport sedan reflect truly in terms of top speed. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will also flaunt a top speed of 191 mph, which will be the same to the 2020 iteration

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine from the vaults of Ferrari is not the most frugal engine of them all. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has a combined mileage of 20 MPG. The Alfa has a tank capacity of 15.3 gallons, which gives it a minimum of 260.1 miles of travelling between fuel stops. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio also has a cylinder deactivation tech, which in turn helps it to be more efficient on the long hauls. 

Model

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

BMW M550 xDrive

Audi RS5 Sportback

MPG (City)

17

18

17

MPG (Highway)

24

25

26

MPG (Combined)

20

20

20

Fuel Capacity

15.3 gallons

18 gallons

15.3 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

260.1/367.2/306 miles

324/450/360 miles

260/397.8/306 miles

The BMW M550i proves to be the most efficient vehicle in the segment. Even in the city, the Beemer is good for 18 MPG and a combined efficiency of 20 MPG. However, it also gets an appetite of 18 gallons, it gets a minimum range of 324 miles. The Audi RS5 runs in tandem with the Alfa in terms of fuel efficiency. Both of them flaunt almost similar numbers. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio shares the same interior layout with the 2020 model year. The Giulia received a major refresh in the interiors. A new 7” TFT screen is responsive and accommodates the Advanced Driver Assistance system. The driver can now totally reconfigure the center display according to his/her personal preference. Some more additional sporty touches have been added recently like a flat bottom steering wheel, use of lightweight materials like Alcantara instead of traditional leather and a redesigned layout. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear Seats

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio also provides 42.4” of legroom for the front row occupants, which is best in class. The rear occupants also get a respectable amount of space. The body hugging bucket seats have been directly taken from the outgoing version, which keeps you in perfect comfort even when you are pushing the vehicle hard. 

Model

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

BMW M550 xDrive

Audi RS5 Sportback

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/56.1/42.4

38.8/58.7/41.4

39.4/55.7/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.5/55.9/36.5

37/54.5/35.1

Cargo Capacity

13 cu.ft.

18.7 cu.ft.

21.8 cu.ft.

The compact body design of the Giulia does rob the cargo area. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Qudrifoglio has a 13 cu.ft. of cargo space, which is considerably lesser as compared to its competitors. The Audi RS5 gets the maximum cargo space with 21.8 cu.ft. which gives its a true practical edge over the competition. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Infotainment System

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is equipped with an 8.8” touch screen, which is placed in the distinctively designed dashboard layout. The infotainment system is responsive and can be configured completely as well. The Quadrifoglio being the top of the line variant, gets some of the latest infotainment features as standard, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You also get a 12 month subscription of SiriusXM radio. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Dashboard
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Dashboard
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Steering Controls
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Steering Controls
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Interior
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Interior
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear Seats
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear Seats

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Exterior

8.2/10

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio carries forward the styling of the 2020 iteration. The Giulia has always been a sporty, performance packed compact sedan, which looks meaner and has a mesmerizing soundtrack. But the story does not end there. The Giulia Quadrifoglio gets a lot sporty touches like an active front spoiler and 19” wheels. 

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front Angle View

The Giulia also gets a Quadrifoglio badge, which is a distinctive design and differentiates the standard vehicle from the performance packed version. It also gets some special touches like carbon fiber mirror covers, the signature inverted triangle shaped grille and carbon fiber roof, which in turn gives it a better center of gravity. 

Model

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

BMW M550 xDrive

Audi RS5 Sportback

Curb Weight

3806 lbs*

4372 lbs

4057 lbs*

Length

182.5"

195.4"

188.3"

Width

73.7"

73.5"

79.9"

Height

56.1"

57.8"

54.6"

Ground Clearance

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase

111"

117.1"

111.2"

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will be dimensionally identical to the 2020 iteration as well. With a total length of 182.5”, the Giulia gets the most compact design amongst its competitors. The shorter wheelbase also makes the Giulia Quadrifoglio look more sportier and meaner.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Side View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Side View
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front Wheel
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Front Wheel
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear Wheel
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Rear Wheel

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Safety

9.9/10

Although the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has not been tested by NHTSA and IIHS, however, considering the plethora of safety features that are offered as standard. The Giulia gets all the modern safety features that you might expect like:

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Stability Control
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety Systems
  • Front and Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Highway assist system
  • Traffic jam assist system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Driver attention alert

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Competition

8.1/10

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Vs BMW M550i xDrive

The BMW M550i is undoubtedly one of the best driving oriented machines that you can find however, the Giulia Quadrifoglio feels more lively. The Giulia QF feels more responsive and the engine that has been borrowed from ‘Ferrari’, has a mean character of its own. The Giulia even looks more performance oriented, however, considering the fuel efficiency and cargo spacing, the BMW surely is a tough competitor. 

2021 BMW M550i xDrive

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Vs Audi RS5 Sportback

The Audi RS5 Sportback gets a distinctive coupe like body design, which makes it stand out from the crowd. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has few nicks of its own however, the 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6, is the deal breaker. The Audi RS5 is a better option to the Alfa in terms of overall practicality, however, if you prefer driving over everything else, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the choice for you. 

2021 Audi RS5 Sportback

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan Final Verdict

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio captures the soul of a true enthusiast. It is a homologation of all the best bits and pieces that you can collect from the Automotive industry. You get a power plant from Ferrari and the design and the pride of Alfa Romeo. The Giulia QF is the car that you would want on a long drive and thanks to its compact body design, it feels nimble and agile in the normal day to day driving condition.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sedan

4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

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Posted On: August 10, 2020

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Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

A proper sports car in almost half the price than the conventional big shot ones. The performance might not sound like enough at first but believe me when I say, 505 ponies take the driver's breath away when hitting the gas. Twin turbocharged engine does exactly what it's supposed to, delivering punchy acceleration. Low ground clearance and performance tires on the other hand help in pin point handling response where it sort of commits to the corners. Talking about the brakes, costed me another 8 grands and these have been working impeccable. Gives an extra set of confidence to floor the pedal know when you trust the brakes underneath.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Checks all the right boxes

A proper sports car in almost half the price than the conventional big shot ones. The performance might not sound like enough at first but believe me when I say, 505 ponies take the driver's breath away when hitting the gas. Twin turbocharged engine does exactly what it's supposed to, delivering punchy acceleration. Low ground clearance and performance tires on the other hand help in pin point han...

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