2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Giulia and the MKZ 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, 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 MKZ 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 engines in the MKZ have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The MKZ’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

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo Giulia is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Giulia

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

9.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

25.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

9.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

83 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

149 MPH

109 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Giulia

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

MKZ

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/31 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Alfa Romeo Giulia uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The MKZ with the 3.0 turbo V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Giulia has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 MKZ.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Giulia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

 

Giulia

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Giulia stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

Giulia

MKZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

119 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 MKZ’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 MKZ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Giulia is 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the MKZ.

The Giulia Ti handles at .88 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Giulia Ti Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Giulia’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Giulia may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The Giulia is 11.3 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Giulia Ti is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

Giulia

MKZ

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The Giulia has .7 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more rear headroom than the MKZ.

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 MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Giulia is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKZ. 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 MKZ 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 MKZ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

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 MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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 MKZ only retains 38.09% to 40.84%.

Recommendations

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

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

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