2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Giulia and the Continental 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.

Reliability

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

The battery on the Giulia is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Giulia’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 280) than the Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Giulia is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

Giulia

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.7 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Giulia

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Continental

 

FWD

3.7 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

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

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Giulia stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

Giulia

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Giulia Ti’s optional 255/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

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 Continental doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Giulia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Giulia more stable handling and braking.

The Giulia Ti handles at .88 G’s, while the Continental Reserve 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 Continental Black Label AWD (25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Giulia’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (37.5 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Giulia may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The Giulia is 1 foot, 6.8 inches shorter than the Continental, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Giulia is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Giulia has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Continental doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Giulia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Giulia will cost $425 less than the Continental 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 Continental only retains 38.61% to 40.36%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be $5144 to $20915 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

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

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

The Alfa Romeo Giulia outsold the Lincoln Continental by 32% during 2018.

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