2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Giulia and the G80 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, 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.

Reliability

The engine in the Giulia has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the G80 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The G80’s redline is at 6500 to 6700 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 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 293) than the G80 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Giulia is faster than the G80 3.8:

 

Giulia

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.7 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Giulia gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

 

MPG

Giulia

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

G80

 

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Giulia’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Giulia stops much shorter than the G80:

 

Giulia

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

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 G80 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Giulia Ti handles at .88 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Giulia Ti Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Giulia may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1100 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

The Giulia is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the G80, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Giulia Ti is quieter than the G80 5.0 (69 vs. 70 dB).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Giulia easier. The Giulia’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the G80’s liftover is 27.5 inches.

The Giulia’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

The Giulia’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the G80.

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 G80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Giulia’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the G80’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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 G80’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to .”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Giulia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Giulia will cost $610 less than the G80 over a five-year period.

The Giulia will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Giulia will retain 40.4% to 94.62% of its original price after five years, while the G80 only retains 40.26% to 44.12%.

Recommendations

The Giulia was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The G80 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Giulia as their 2018 Car of the Year. The G80 has never been chosen.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia outsold the Genesis G80 by 50% during 2018.

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