Test drove a Ti--not so impressed. What am I missing?
Went for a test drive at Rusnak here in Torrance. I have to say the car looks great, very nice visually. Inside the brown leather is a really nice warm shade of caramel brown. Back seats a little tough to get in through the rear doors, and I'm an average sized guy. Good for my 5 year old, but I can see some wear on the seats being an issue. The front sport seats have pretty narrow bolsters, like kidney ticklers. The "joystick" gear control seems too big, but many cars are using these now, so I guess no big detraction. I thought the paddle shifters looked a little weird, how long they are, but work fine. I currently drive a 2011 M3 with an automanual. I liked the gearing of the Ti with the Turbo $ engine. The engine has a enough grunt for around the town/highway driving. I would not call it an exhilarating or performance experience, but very capable in most driving situations. The brakes were pretty mushy, honestly not great even for a 4-door saloon. My wife's Mazda Cx-9 has more responsive braking. I think for the $48,000, I was just a little underwhelmed. I actually am looking forward to the Stelivio, just because my expectations might be different in an SUV type vehicle. For now I have to wait and see on this new Giulia--certainly a very nice car, but the GTI I test drove a few months back seemed sportier and easily just as fast. My M3 with its V8 doesn't really wow you in the low revs, but once above 3500 rpms, lord almightly! Also it sounds incredible and handles very well. The seats are really great too, so for now, I think I'll have to wait and see. Am I missing something? I bet the Quad is a totally different car. I want to love the new Giulia and shell out the bucks, but...not yet maybe.
74 Berlina (first car--miss her)
94 164 LS (gone too)
83 Spider (alas, gone)
74 GTV (still have conjugal visits at least)
1987 Milano Verde (now in good hands)