2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Safety

Both the Giulia and the E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (280 vs. 241) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 273) than the E 300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Giulia is faster than the E 300 Sedan:

 

Giulia

E-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.7 MPH

92.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Giulia gets better fuel mileage than the E-Class Sedan:

 

 

 

MPG

Giulia

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

E-Class Sedan

 

RWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

450 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/28 hwy

 

 

AMG 53 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. Hybrid

21 city/28 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Alfa Romeo Giulia uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The E-Class 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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the E-Class Sedan.

Suspension and Handling

The Giulia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the E-Class Sedan’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the Giulia more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Giulia’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the E-Class Sedan’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The Giulia’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the E 450 4MATIC Sedan’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 500 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Sedan.

The Giulia is 11.2 inches shorter than the E-Class Sedan, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Giulia Ti is quieter than the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC (74 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

The Giulia has 1.2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the E-Class Sedan.

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 E-Class Sedan’s liftover is 27.7 inches.

Ergonomics

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

Both the Giulia and the E-Class Sedan offer optional heated front seats. The Giulia also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the E-Class Sedan.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Giulia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Giulia will cost $1010 less than the E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan only retains 38.57% to 39.14%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be $13238 to $30925 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Sedan.

Recommendations

Motor Trend selected the Giulia as their 2018 Car of the Year. The E-Class was Import Car of the Year in 1996.

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