2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Giulia and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, 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 3 Series Sedan has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

The engine in the Giulia has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the 3 Series Sedan have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The 3 Series Sedan’s redline is at 7000 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 25 more horsepower (280 vs. 255) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 295) than the 330i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Alfa Romeo Giulia uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis

The Giulia is 3.1 inches shorter than the 3 Series Sedan, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Giulia has .4 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Giulia to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Recommendations

The Giulia was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The 3 Series Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Giulia as their 2018 Car of the Year. The 3 Series Sedan has never been chosen.

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