Editor's note: This Car Seat Check was written in May 2017 about the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2018, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
Alfa Romeo launched itself full-scale back into the U.S. market in 2015 with the 4C sports car and follows that up with a more practical choice, the Giulia sedan. On the outside, there's plenty to like in terms of styling, and inside, parents will be pleasantly surprised by its roomy backseat and easy-access Latch anchors.
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- Latch, grade A: The two sets of lower anchors sit under hinged plastic covers and are easy to use. The three top tether anchors sit under hinged covers on the rear shelf and are also clearly marked for easy connection.
- Infant, grade A: Connection was easy and an average-height passenger will have enough legroom. Aggressive seat bolstering could affect the seat angle; use the infant seat's adjustable foot to get the correct angle. A rolled towel or pool noodle can also be used.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade B: The chunky Latch connector is crowded by the seat belt and this car seat's base, complicating installation. An average-height front passenger will have enough legroom.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade A: Installation was easy and the seat fit well, nestled into the bolstered seat cushions.
- Booster, grade A: We did not need to raise the head restraint, and the seat fit well. Stable belt buckles should make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.
Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About 's Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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