Italian cars have never really been praised for their interior build quality, but Alfa Romeo is looking to change that. The Italian automaker’s new Giulia sedan has been named to Wards’ 10 Best Interiors – Alfa’s first ever appearance on the highly coveted list.
Wards editors said the Giulia’s cabin is well-built and “sure to alter the dynamic of the highly competitive Lower Luxury car sector.” That latter part ought to sting. Alfa’s not really going for the Buicks and Volvos that currently occupy the “Lower Luxury” segment – they’d much rather be sticking the fight to Mercedes-Benz and BMW. All in time, though, Alfa.
On the bright side, they laid some serious praise on the Giulia and its cabin. The car has already received numerous awards for its driving dynamics and performance and now its overall comfort and refinement has been praised as well.
“From the F1-inspired steering wheel and creamy leather seats to the matte-finish genuine walnut trim on the doors, instrument panel and stylishly arrayed center console, the Giulia does its Italian design heritage proud,” Wards editors said.
Another new Fiat Chrysler vehicle that made Wards’ 10 Best Interiors list was the Maserati Levante SUV. This is a big win for Maserati seeing as the interior spaces of its cars are typically a bit less well built than rival luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz, but such is not the case with the Levante.
“Alfa Romeo isn’t the only Italian marque appearing on this year’s list,” Wards editors wrote. “Its corporate sibling Maserati arrives with the Levante, a sporty CUV with a crafted interior that is a fascinating blend of premium brown leather, sumptuous Ebano wood, distinctive white stitching, minimal brightwork and “Zegna edition” silk fabric, which feels as durable as industrial-strength denim.”
Click here to read Wards full 10 Best Interiors rankings for 2017.