Alfa Romeo Giulia gets top safety award from IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating, its highest award, to the 2017 Alfa RomeoGiulia midsize luxury sedan — but with a caveat. The Giulia must have been built after May of this year, when the car’s front-end structure was improved and the door hinge pillar and door sill were reinforced, among other changes.

Vehicles that earn the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ must achieve good ratings in all five crash tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — an advanced or superior rating in front crash prevention and and acceptable or good rating for headlights.

The Giulia’s optional front crash prevention system earned a superior rating after it avoided a crash in the 12 mph track test and reduced its impact speed by an average 24 mph in the 25 mph test. The car’s optional curve-adaptive headlights earned a good rating, while the base headlights rated poor.

It joins 2017 versions of the Lexus ES 350, Audi A3 and A4, Volvo S60 and V60, and BMW 2 series and 3 series, as Top Safety Pick+ awardees for its segment. You can read our First Drive review of the Giulia here.
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