2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG E 63

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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Safety

Both the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the AMG E 63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Giulia Quadrifoglio the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The AMG E 63 has not been tested, yet.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Giulia Quadrifoglio gets better fuel mileage than the AMG E 63:

MPG

Quadrifoglio

RWD

2.9 Turbo 6 cyl.

17 city/24 hwy

AMG E 63

AWD

4.0 Turbo V8

15 city/23 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Giulia Quadrifoglio stops much shorter than the AMG E 63:

Giulia Quadrifoglio

AMG E 63

80 to 0 MPH

191 feet

204 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

143 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

118 feet

Road and Track

Suspension and Handling

The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.6% to 47.4%) than the AMG E 63’s (55.3% to 44.7%). This gives the Giulia Quadrifoglio more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the AMG E 63 Wagon’s (37.5 feet vs. 41 feet). The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the AMG E 63 Sedan’s (37.5 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1000 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG E 63.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is 1 foot, 1.8 inches shorter than the AMG E 63 Sedan, making the Giulia Quadrifoglio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Giulia Quadrifoglio is quieter than the AMG E 63 S Sedan (80 vs. 84 dB).

Passenger Space

The Giulia Quadrifoglio has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more front legroom than the AMG E 63 Sedan.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Giulia Quadrifoglio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will be $12827 to $14873 less than for the Mercedes AMG E 63.

Recommendations

The Giulia Quadrifoglio was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The E-Class has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Giulia Quadrifoglio as their 2018 Car of the Year. The E-Class was Import Car of the Year in 1996.

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