2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Audi A5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Giulia and the A5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Giulia the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A5 Sportback was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Reliability

The engine in the Giulia has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the A5 Sportback has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The A5 Sportback’s redline is at 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Giulia has a 5500 RPM redline.

Engine

The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (280 vs. 248) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Alfa Romeo Giulia, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5 Sportback.

Brakes and Stopping

The Giulia stops shorter than the A5 Sportback:

 

Giulia

A5 Sportback

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Giulia can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Giulia is 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the A5 Sportback.

The Giulia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the A5 Sportback’s (54.8% to 45.2%). This gives the Giulia more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Giulia’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the A5 Sportback’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Giulia may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Audi A5 Sportback.

The Giulia is 3.7 inches shorter than the A5 Sportback, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Giulia has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the A5 Sportback.

Ergonomics

The Giulia has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Giulia’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Giulia’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the A5 Sportback’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Giulia offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

The Giulia is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be $1740 to $2523 less than for the Audi A5 Sportback.

Recommendations

The Giulia was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The A5 Sportback has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Giulia as their 2018 Car of the Year. The A5 Sportback has never been chosen.

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