2019 Audi RS 3 vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The RS 3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 3 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The RS 3 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The RS 3 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the RS 3 and the Giulia Quadrifoglio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The RS 3’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RS 3’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi RS 3 is faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio:

 

RS 3

Giulia Quadrifoglio

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

Transmission

The RS 3 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the RS 3’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Giulia Quadrifoglio:

 

RS 3

Giulia Quadrifoglio

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RS 3’s optional front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Giulia Quadrifoglio (255/30R19 vs. 245/35R19).

The RS 3’s optional 255/30R19 front tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 35 series front tires.

The RS 3 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Giulia Quadrifoglio; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the RS 3’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The RS 3 is 6.3 inches shorter than the Giulia Quadrifoglio, making the RS 3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the RS 3 is quieter than the Giulia Quadrifoglio (42 vs. 48 dB).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the RS 3. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the RS 3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Giulia Quadrifoglio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi RS 3 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi RS 3 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the RS 3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RS 3 will cost $1825 less than the Giulia Quadrifoglio over a five-year period.

The RS 3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the RS 3 will retain 43.72% of its original price after five years, while the Giulia Quadrifoglio only retains 39.17%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi RS 3 will be $20222 less than for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

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