Alfa Romeo Giulia (2016 - present)

Alfa Romeo have finally made good on their promise of a curvy Italian rival to the 3 Series/A4/C-Class stronghold, and boy did they deliver. A car so good-looking it will make you want to bite your lip, the Giulia might just be the saving grace for the brand here in Ireland, and indeed across Europe. Now that it's finally here, we can confirm it drives just as good as it looks. A silky smooth eight speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range, which includes the jaw-dropping Quadrifoglio performance model. The more realistic 2.2l diesel option is no slouch either - available in either 150 or 180hp guise, its low emissions and decent fuel economy help to keep running costs impressively low. The striking Italian design continues inside the cabin which houses a top-class infotainment system and a raft of other high-tech gadgets to play with.

We like it. We like it a lot.

Look out for

  • Folding rear seats are not standard. Make sure to spec them if you need them.

What we like

  • Stunning design
  • Proper RWD 'driver's car'
  • Generously equipped from the ground up
  • Beautiful interior
  • Alfa Romeo quality and reliability image is on the rise
  • Something new and exciting in what has become a bit of a dull market

What we don't like

  • Entry level price is a bit higher than its rivals. Although it does include an 8 speed automatic gearbox.