Motor Trend announced its 2018 Car of the Year, with the prestigious award going to the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
In its report, the magazine admits that “some readers might feel our choice of the Alfa Romeo seems out of left field.”
But road test editor Chris Walton says of the Giulia: “There is sorcery in this car. The Giulia fills the space vacated by BMW. Yet even at the apex of its reign, a 3 Series never rode this well or cornered with such poise and precision simultaneously.”
Consumer cost of the car, as tested by Motor Trend, started at about $50,000 and went up from there, depending upon the model of Giulia.
The report adds: “Earlier this year, the base Giulia beat all comers in our Big Test of 2.0-liter compact luxury sedans — a field that included Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz, among others.
“The Quadrifoglio version then eviscerated its rival BMW M3, Cadillac ATS-V, and Mercedes C63 S super sedan entrants in a four-way comparison on streets and at the racetrack.”
Said guest judge Chris Theodore, a former product development executive for Ford and Chrysler: “Best steering, best chassis — this car saves the sport sedan market.”
Theodore adds: “It was the only car that said, ‘You’re in charge. You want to be nice and tidy, I can be tidy. You want to be crazy and drift me wild, I’ll be right there with you.’ You fall in love with it.”
(from a screen-grab of Alfa Romeo’s home page)