insideKENT Magazine Issue 59 - February 2017 - Page 124

MOTORS THE ALFA ROMEO GIULIA cont. ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SUPER 2.2 DIESEL 180BHP MONTE CARLO BLUE WITH TAN HALF LEATHER PRICE: FROM £29,180 ENGINE: 2.2 DIESEL 180HP TOP SPEED: 143MPH TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC CO2 EMISSIONS: 109G/KM FUEL ECONOMY: 67.3MPG (COMBINED) EXTRA OPTIONS: 18” MULTI-SPOKE ALLOY WHEEL, ALUMINIUM GEAR SHIFT PADDLES, BLACK BRAKE CALLIPERS, CLIMATE PACK, CONVENIENCE PACK, ELECTRICALLY FOLDING DOOR MIRRORS, SPORT PACK AND CHROME WINDOW SURROUNDS. The Giulia's handling is of course, stupendous, and the car's ride is exceptionally comfortable; there is no doubt that this is a driver's car, giving you plenty of feedback from the road, but without trying to kill you in the process. The leather seats hug you as if they love you like a brother, and the driver’s position is one of the most perfectly placed I've ever experienced in any car. Ever. I especially liked the Alfa DNA Sensor. At the press of a button, this alters the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (a new energy efficiency mode) and Race (only on Giulia Quadrifoglio). It controls a variety of settings, including those of the engine, suspension, steering, transmission, rear differential, instrument display, brakes and safety and driver assists, giving you an astonishing level of control! The Giulia exposed and undid a lot of my preconceptions about the Alfa Romeo. It also confirmed a few of them. As I have always appreciated, Alfa builds beautiful, extraordinary cars, made for the most exquisite driving enjoyment. They construct these using a lot of expert engineering, a huge amount of artistic genius, and an infinitesimal measure of passion. The Giulia exhibits all of these qualities, and as such, is a magnificent car, worthy of your attention and test driving! Maidstone Alfa Romeo Performance House Forstal Road Aylesford Maidstone ME20 7XA 01622 238422 www.lipscomb.co.uk/alfa-romeo/ 124