I have to admit that we were surprised that we had trouble identifying the Giulia from the rear, as we both knew what it was supposed to look like. Seem to have looked pretty generic from the back anyway. Friend of mine who has owned Alfas in the past and is still a fan, mentioned that he thought the Giulia didn't look like it was Italian at all. Was disappointed. I'm not sure I want a car that is supposed to have an aggressive attitude look/problem. I guess I think I would rather see a classy maybe sleeker look, something with a Italian look, something we used to like about Alfas, etc. Certainly, IMO, the Stinger has a somewhat smoother, more balanced style, although a heavier/bigger car.
As for Kia quality, they are rated as at least the same if not better in build quality than the equiv and well rated Japanese Toyota and Honda. J.D. Power says "While 14% of new car shoppers avoid these Korean brands due to perceived quality issues, Kia ranks second and Hyundai fourth among 33 nameplates in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), which measures new-vehicle quality after 90 days of ownership". Car and Driver likes the Stinger, although they admit that the handling might not be quite up to the best standard, even with decent suspension equipment. I suspect the Giulia easily has the better setup.
When I test drove the Giulia, I quite frankly didn't see any obvious fit problems, as seen in all older Alfas (they certainly didn't have any choice about this, being poor in that respect in the past in comparison), at least those we have in the US, but then again I was trying to figure out the transmission and it's flappy paddles (gave up on those since they didn't work the way I thought they would, and kept getting screwed up with the shifting while trying to drive an unfamiliar car on strange roads).
Still, I'm glad you like the looks, and maybe it will grow on me as well in the future.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 01-04-2018 at 04:13 PM.