Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Jaguar XE vs BMW 3 Series We see if Alfa Romeo's stunning new Giulia has the substance to succeed against compact executive stars from Jaguar and BMW Alfa Romeo used to rule the roost in the world of desirable sports saloons, but it's lost its way of late.
A switch to front wheel drive in the nineties alienated a lot of fans, while patchy reliability and inconsistent quality drove many more towards upmarket German rivals.The brand's last attempt to crack the compact executive sector was the lacklustre 159, which was quietly axed in 2011. But now Alfa is back with a bang, and the all new Giulia promises to put it at the top of the class. Sleek looks, a classy interior and a return to rear wheel drive all appeal, while low emissionsand attractive prices should tempt business users.Before Alfa cracks open the champagne, though, the Giulia must see off a coach outlet stores delaware pair of seriously talented rivals. The Jaguar XE is our current class favourite, mixing engaging driving dynamics, handsome looks and a smart cabin with low running costs, while the BMW 3 Series still sets the standard in this sector for driving fun, solid build quality and everyday usability. Does the new Alfa do enough to crush its compact executive rivals?Head to headAlfa Romeo GiuliaThe Alfa Romeo Giulia is the brand's first compact executive model for five years, following the demise of the 159 in 2011.From launch the newcomer is available as a four door saloon only, with a choice of standard, Super coach outlet handbags under $30 and Speciale trim levels. Engines are limited to a 2.2 litre diesel with either 148bhp or 178bhp, plus a 2.0 litre 197bhp turbo petrol. coach outlet sale 7 class At the coach outlet locations qdoba top of the range is the firebreathing Quadrifoglio, with its 503bhp 2.9 litre V6. However, here we test the 34,150 2.2D Speciale, and our car is an early left hand drive Italian model.Tester's Notes: "There are some lovely details on the Giulia. For example, the thin rimmed three spoke steering wheel is perfectly contoured for your hands and covered in soft touch leather."Jaguar was a relative latecomer to the compact executive party, but its XE scooped the honours in this class for the second consecutive year at our 2016 New Car Awards.There's a wide range of engine and trim variants, and here we test the 178bhp 2.0 litre diesel auto in 34,775 R Sport guise although the car in our pictures is a flagship Portfolio AWD.Tester's Notes: "If you're looking to cut your company car costs, it's worth considering the 161bhp 2.
0 litre diesel. With emissions of 99g/kmit drops into the 19 per cent tax bracket.".
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