The Alfa Romeo Giulia Conquered IIHS's Toughest Crash Tests

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Last year, Automotive News Europe’s sources claimed that the Alfa Romeo Giulia was delayed for “extensive reengineering” after the car “failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests.” Fiat Chrysler then outright denied this to Road & Track, and while we may never know the truth, we do know this: the production Giulia can crash with the best of them.

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia just received the highest safety rating that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issues, Top Safety Pick +. To get that award, the Alfa received good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests, a superior rating in front crash prevention, and a good headlight rating.

IIHS has posted videos of the carnage on its YouTube page, so you can watch this beautiful Italian sedan coddle its dummy passengers, protecting them from the evil barrier whose only aim in life is to try to annihilate artificial humans. Here’s the 30 mph side crash test:

Here’s the 40 mph moderate overlap test:

And here’s a look at the toughest of them all, the small overlap crash test (also conducted at 40 mph):

In addition to scoring IIHS’s top rating, the Giulia has also received Euro NCAP’s highest “five star” rating. So whatever alleged issues Alfa’s engineers were having with passing crash tests seem to have been completely resolved. Because based on these ratings, the Giulia is a bit of a tank.

Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me. Cars: Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94), Chrysler Voyager Diesel ('94)

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These tests do not accurately reflect the real-world usage of an Alfa-Romeo. A rear-impact from the breakdown lane is by-far the most likely crash for a Giulia owner.