Every Model in Alfa Romeo’s Lineup (All 5) Shamelessly Ranked
No matter how good the cars are, running a brand with just five models is a recipe for disasterby Bhavik Sreenath, on
Alfa Romeo Automobilia S.p.A is one the most prestigious Italian auto marque that dates back to 1910 and over this 112-year journey, they have been responsible for some of the most prolific race cars in motoring history and have been instrumental in the inception of modern-day motor racing. Alfa Romeo currently belongs to the Stellantis group which also includes other heritage Italian brands like Ferrari and Maserati. The current lineup of Alfa Romeo cars is pretty awesome in its own way, but having just five cars won’t cut it in today’s competitive market. Anywho, here are the five models in Alfa Romeo’s portfolio for 2022.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Giulia name is one of the most significant and iconic names in Alfa Romeo’s rich history, so when Alfa Romeo decided to revive the Giulia moniker in 2015, after nearly 40 years of absence from Alfa Romeo’s lineup, the hopes were high, especially since 21st century Alfa Romeo was reduced to making unreliable, front-wheel drive hatchbacks and sedans and the Giulia changed all that. The Giulia is a thorough-bred Italian, RWD sedan designed to take on the likes of established German competitors like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, and for 2022, it’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-four engine that makes 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. These figures are pretty impressive and granted, unlike its rivals in the segment, the Giulia does not offer multiple engine options or even a hybrid variant as of now, but it makes up for it with its punchy engine that’s full of character and sporty chassis dynamics. The Giulia is also quicker than most competitors with a 0-60 mph time of just 5.4 seconds courtesy of the quick-shifting eight-speed transmission and the optional AWD drivetrain.
The interior, too, is typically Italian with oddly shaped trim, next to no storage cubbies, and a cramped rear seat but everything works, and the dash is driver-focused. It also benefits from the best of Stellantis tech with updated infotainment which is bigger than before and gets standard features like built-in navigation, wireless phone charging, and more. The trim levels for the Giulia follow Alfa’s somewhat standardized nomenclature that includes the entry-level Sprint, mid-spec Ti, and the range-topping Veloce. But the true reason for buying a Giulia is its blend of gorgeous Italian styling and a supremely balanced chassis.
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo Inline-four|
|0-60 mph||5.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||149 mph|
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The iconic four-leaf clover is Alfa Romeo’s answer to the high-performance AMG and M division products, and it’s backed by a rich history that predates these established German performance monikers. The four-leaf clover first appeared on Alfa’s race cars back in 1923 and it’s been a part of Alfa’s rich legacy ever since. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is the top-dog performance version of the Giulia sedan that comes with a ton of high-performance hardware, starting with the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque and the power is sent to the rear wheels via a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. This RWD Alfa sedan with its mighty Italian engine can easily light up the rear wheels and even though the chassis is well balanced, the Alfa is not a forgiving performance sedan and requires a lot more skill and precision to operate than other cars in this segment. Speaking of other cars, the Giulia Quadrifoglio competes against cars like the Mercedes C63 AMG, BMW M3, and Audi RS4.
As far as outright performance goes, Alfa is the most direct and the best suited for drivers who enjoy the old-school art of fighting with the car on the limit, something that doesn’t apply to the current crop of German performance saloons. In all other respects, the Giulia is pretty understated, with subtly tweaked bodywork and the clover logo being the biggest differentiator and the same story continues inside the cabin which is nearly identical to the top-spec Giulia Veloce in terms of equipment. With its base price of $78,830, it’s perhaps the best value in the world of performance saloons.
|Engine||2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6|
|0-60 mph||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||191 mph|
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian automaker’s attempt to woo the common man by making a practical SUV that aims to appeal to a larger audience. The Stelvio shares its underpinnings with the Giulia sedan, as a result, it gets an identical 2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-four engine that makes 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Just like the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio features RWD as standard on the base Sprint trim, while the Ti and range-topping Veloce both receive AWD as standard. All this top-tier hardware means, that the Stelvio is a genuinely quick and surprisingly well-behaved SUV which likes to be pushed and offers levels of enjoyment that no other SUV in this segment delivers, maybe except the Porsche Macan.
It’s pretty convenient to nip around town given its relatively compact dimensions and tall seating position, it’s easy to maneuver but the one thing that makes living with the Stelvio just that little bit challenging is its stiff suspension which even though gives it great driving dynamics at high speeds and on winding roads, the same suspension feels bouncy and unsettled at low speeds. That said, the interiors are very practical and well equipped with the same infotainment and tech as the Giulia just with the added practicality of the hatchback design and the massive boot. The Stelvio shares market space with established rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 and with a base price of $45,550, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio makes a very compelling case for all those on the lookout for a fun-to-drive, compact SUV.
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo Inline-four|
|0-60 mph||5.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||149 mph|
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo chose to name its first-ever SUV after the treacherous Stelvio pass and for a good reason, because the Stelvio in its high-performance Quadrifoglio guise is perhaps one of the best canyon carving SUVs ever made, especially in its Quadrifoglio avatar. Yes, Alfa has been giving the high-performance clover treatment to the Stelvio SUV since 2019. It continues to share its underpinnings with the Giulia Quadrifoglio with one major change, which is AWD. The addition of AWD is a fitting quality for what’s essentially a compact SUV but apart from the looks, it’s not very SUV in the way it accelerates or changes direction. Powered by the same Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, the Stelvio is quicker to 60 mph than its sedan counterpart thanks to the brilliant AWD system which is perhaps the biggest differentiator between the hardware of the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
But, regardless of the bulky shell, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio handles and drives like no other SUV in its class and feels untamed from the get-go, which isn’t something that can be said about its more civilized German rivals. On the inside, it feels just like a regular Stelvio which is a good thing and it gets all the essential tech including the updated 8.8-inch infotainment with built-in navigation 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system amongst other things. With prices starting at $85,650, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio competes with other fast and luxurious compact SUVs like the BMW X3M, Porsche Macan Turbo, and Mercedes GLC63 AMG.
|Engine||2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6|
|Top Speed||176 mph|
Alfa Romeo Tonale
The all-new Alfa Romeo Tonale is the Italian automaker’s mass-market compact crossover that should bring in the bulk of the company’s sales from here on, and to ensure this, Alfa Romeo has pulled all the stops and given the Tonale a captivating feature list. For starters, the Tonale is Alfa’s first proper hybrid and gets multiple engine options and an NFT digital certificate. The Tonale is based on a modified version of the SCCS crossover platform that underpins other Stellantis products like the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade. Even though the platform is shared, the styling is pure Italian magic with signature Alfa lighting elements, bold haunches, and creases that give it way more presence than its rivals. Speaking of rivals, when the Tonale arrives later this year, as a 2023 model year, it will compete with the likes of other premium crossovers like the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA.
For the U.S market, the Tonale will be offered as a PHEV or with a regular gas engine. The regular version of the Alfa Romeo Tonale will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo Inline-four with 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque while the PHEV version will use a turbocharged 1.3-liter inline-four that will work in conjunction with an electric motor powering the rear wheels using a 15.5-kWh battery pack and the total power output for this setup is estimated to be 272 horsepower but the PHEV version will be launched later down the line. The interior is also unmistakably Alfa with its layered dashboard and pleasing design, even though the quality is not up to Audi or BMW levels. But the Alfa wins it back in the dynamics department with the Tonale offering the best driving feedback and chassis balance in the segment, which makes it a crossover you’d truly enjoy driving. With prices starting at around $38,000, the Tonale is a sensibly priced and packaged Alfa Romeo product that is expected to go on sale by the end of the year.
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo Inline-four / 1.3-liter turbo Inline-four PHEV|
|Horsepower||up to 256 horsepower|
|Torque||up to 295 pound-feet|
|Transmission||6-speed/ 9-speed auto|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
Is Alfa Romeo made by Ferrari?
No, Alfa Romeo is an independent automaker, just like Ferrari however both brands are owned and operated by the Stellantis group.
Is Alfa Romeo an expensive car?
Yes, Alfa Romeo is a premium automaker and the cheapest car in the range starts at around $38,000.
Do Alfa Romeos hold their value?
No, not all Alfa Romeos hold their value well but some of the newer high-performance versions like the Giulia Quadrifoglio have good resale value.
Is Alfa Romeo cheap to maintain?
Alfa Romeos can be expensive to maintain and the cost of maintenance over 5 years can reach as high as $5000.
Is Alfa Romeo a good vehicle?
Alfa Romeo is an iconic Italian brand that makes premium and sporty vehicles like the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV.