The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Expected Reliability Tanks Otherwise Great Consumer Reports Rating

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is an underrated luxury performance sedan that stands out from the crowd. The brand itself is already a less common option, giving this gem a sense of rarity that sets it apart from the similarly priced competition. But it isn’t all roses with the Giulia, as its otherwise spotless report card is tanked by an abysmal predicted reliability rating.

What’s wrong with the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Alfa Romeo Giulia | Gerlach Delissen, Corbis, Getty Images

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The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is ranked low on the Consumer Reports list, coming in at #15 out of 17 tested luxury compact cars. It doesn’t do badly in all areas, however, in fact, it gets a score of 70 out of 100 on its road test and a 5/5 for expected owner satisfaction. In fact, there is a lot to love about the Giulia, besides the fact that it’s affordable, sporty, luxurious, and best of all, actually pretty uncommon, giving it an additional ‘cool’ factor. So, why did it absolutely tank in the way of ranks and scoring for the reviewer, earning an overall total of just 43? Its predicted reliability is less than stellar.

Active recalls for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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There is only one active recall for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia, but if we’ve learned anything from Consumer Reports, it’s that it takes more than a few recalls to tank a vehicle’s rating. The recall itself isn’t all that bad, even if it sounds a bit intimidating. The issue is involved with the braking system’s hydraulics but doesn’t prevent the brakes from actually working. Instead, the failure causes a lack of braking assistance, such as ABS.

There are less than 10 units expected to be affected by this minor recall, so it’s far from a big deal. Plus, there are still plenty of other vehicles on the market with more severe recalls that are still well-ranked and even recommended. So, what’s the big deal with the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Predicted reliability gets a 1 out of 5

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While it scores well in every other test, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia gets an abysmal score of 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. The reviewers don’t mention any specific issues at the current moment, with sections for “Owner Reported Trouble Spots” left without any data. There really is no detailed explanation as to why this rating came about, such as issues with previous model years as it shows for some vehicles or any glaring problems that the website feels potential buyers need to be concerned about.

Regardless of potential reliability problems, the ratings for predicted owner satisfaction and road test are so high that most buyers should second guess overlooking this vehicle without further research. Unfortunately, many other authorities, such as Edmunds, don’t take into account the reliability of older models and instead focus on the current model year.

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