2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Giulia and the Arteon 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.

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 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Arteon has not been tested, yet.


The Giulia comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Alfa Romeo will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Arteon.


The engine in the Giulia has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Arteon has 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 Arteon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (280 vs. 268) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Giulia is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:



Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.7 MPH

93.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Giulia gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda 6:




2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy


2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Mazda 6


2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy


4Motion 2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Giulia stops shorter than the Arteon:



70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

114 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 Arteon doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Giulia has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Giulia flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Giulia is 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Arteon.

The Giulia Ti handles at .91 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Giulia Ti Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Arteon SEL Premium 4Motion (25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

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


The Giulia is 8.8 inches shorter than the Arteon, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Giulia has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Arteon.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Giulia is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Arteon. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.


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 Arteon doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.


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

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

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