Just read the opinion piece on the base Giulia in the newest CR. While they said it was "kicky" to drive, they were not impressed with the car overall. One thing, I think they did not understand the engine stop and restart when the car is stopped, saying that the car seemed to "stumble at low speeds" before it gets going. Didn't know you could turn it off. The rest of the complaints sounded like just nitpicky personal bias against the make of car, not the individual product. Seemed to think it was supposed to be quiet and luxurious inside I guess. Not meant to be an Audi, lol.
Certainly, when I drove the car, the only complaints I had were the lack of a manual, and of course the stop/restart system. The rest was satisfactory, as modern cars go.
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