THE Alfa Romeo Giulia has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating with a score of 98% for the adult occupant protection of all percentiles: the highest score ever achieved by any car, even with the introduction of a more stringent rating system in 2015.
Alfa’s new sports saloon has achieved this outstanding result on the basis of two key elements: firstly, the adoption of a wide range of innovative safety systems, and secondly, the structural integrity of its light and rigid bodyshell which makes extensive use of robust, lightweight materials such as carbon-fibre, aluminium and aluminium composite.
In keeping with Alfa Romeo tradition, the Giulia features a host of technical innovations which benefit both the driving experience and vehicles safety, the most significant being the Integrated Brake System (IBS), which significantly reduces braking distance (62mph to a standstill in 38m for the Giulia and just 32m for the Quadrifoglio version).
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian detection are also part of the Giulia’s safety arsenal. Using a radar sensor and a camera built into the windscreen, these systems detect the presence of any obstacles or vehicles on the car’s trajectory and warn the driver of the risk of imminent collision. If the driver fails to react in time, the system automatically applies the brakes to avoid an impact or reduce its severity. Thanks to the pedestrian recognition function, the AEB is also capable of stopping the car autonomously at speeds of up to 60 km/h, by interpreting the information from the radar and camera.
Standard equipment across the Giulia range also includes Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Monitoring (with Rear Cross Path Detection available as an option), which uses sensors to monitor the area around the car and assist the driver when overtaking, changing lane or exiting car parks by monitoring any cars that may be approaching.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia goes on sale in the UK in Autumn.