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Deliveries of Alfa Romeo Giulia to start next month

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UK order books open for new £29,180 Alfa Romeo which is said to mark a new start for the brand.

UK orders have started for Alfa Romeo’s new executive saloon which is being pitched against cars such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series. The Giulia is priced from £29,180 and marks Alfa Romeo’s brand rebirth.

The Guilia is being heralded as a vital vehicle in the context of Alpha Romeo’s future plans and precedes the launch of the brand’s first SUV in 2017. The company claims it is a car that adds a little flamboyance to what is normally a conservative sector. The starting prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulia are slightly above those of a significant proportion of its competitors but the Alfa does come with extra equipment and more powerful engines, as well as eye-catching looks.

The Guilia’s engines and drive train

There is a choice of four engines in the Guilia, two petrols and two diesels. The latter are likely to account for most of the sales as these will feature in the entry-level cars and will offer the best fuel economy figures. Both are 2.2-litre units but different power outputs are on offer.

The less powerful engine still produces 148bhp and can get the Guilia from zero to 62mph in 8.2 seconds. The more powerful comes with 178bhp and can take the car from standing to 62mph in 7.1 seconds.

Top of the new Alfa Romeo range

The fastest and most powerful Giulias come with petrol engines. The 2.0-litre MultiAir 197bhp unit is a sprightly choice and can rival a hot-hatch with its 0-62mph speed of 6.6 seconds. Top of the pile, however, is the engine in the Giulia Quadrifoglio; a very special V6.

The 2.9-litre Ferrari-influenced turbocharged engine can produce a staggering 503bhp, making the car a super-fast choice that can get to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. It has a maximum speed of over 191mph and can do a lap of the Nurburgring over 13 seconds which is quicker than a BMW M4.

Two more engine options are coming soon and Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Giulia Veloce, which is a performance choice that bridges the gulf that exists between most of the range and the Quadrifoglio. This will have either a petrol 2.0-litre turbocharged unit with 276bhp or a 2.2-litre diesel, which is tweaked to offer 207bhp.

The Veloce and the Quadrifoglio will have Q4 four-wheel-drive. In the case of the Veloce, for example, this system will mean that it will behave like its rear-wheel-drive relatives most of the time. But, if necessary, as much as 60 per cent of the power can be transferred to the car’s front axle. It has not yet been confirmed whether the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce will be available to buy in the UK.

Efficiency and emissions

The diesel power trains are the cheapest and most cost-effective options when it comes to efficiency and emissions. Both versions are said to return 67mpg and produce 109g/km of CO2. This means that both the 178bhp and 148bhp cars will only incur a £20 per year road tax charge. What is more, the 178bhp cars can be tax free if they are specified with the 'Eco’ option which reduces emissions to less than 100g/km.

The 2.0-litre petrol, meanwhile, can return 47.8mpg during a combined run, according to Alfa, but it will lead to a £130 annual tax bill because of its 138g/km in emissions. The Quadrifoglio choice will see the tax bill rise even further to £295 and it will deliver just 34.4mpg.

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