2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Continental 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Continental and Giulia have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Continental has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Giulia’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The rear seatbelts optional on the Continental Reserve/Black Label inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Giulia doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has a standard 360-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Giulia only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Continental and the Giulia 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

The Lincoln Continental weighs 597 to 1025 pounds more than the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Continental its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Giulia has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Continental 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Giulia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Giulia ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Continental’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Giulia’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are over 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Continental’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Continental has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Giulia doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Continental’s reliability 44 points higher than the Giulia.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 14 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Engine

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The Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (305 vs. 280) than the Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 306) than the Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 120 more horsepower (400 vs. 280) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 306) than the Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Lincoln Continental turbo V6 is faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia:

Continental

Giulia

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.9 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

6.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.7 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Continental has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Giulia (18 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Continental has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Giulia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Continental

Giulia

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Continental stops much shorter than the Giulia:

Continental

Giulia

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental has larger standard tires than the Giulia (235/50R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Continental Select/Reserve’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Giulia (255/45R19 vs. 225/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental Standard has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Giulia. The Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Giulia Ti.

The Continental 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; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Giulia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the Giulia (117.9 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental is 1.9 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than on the Giulia.

The Continental Reserve AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Giulia Ti Q4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Continental Black Label AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Giulia Ti (26.1 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Continental uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Giulia doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Continental uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Giulia doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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

Continental

Giulia

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental a Large car, while the Giulia is rated a Mid-size.

The Continental has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Giulia (106.4 vs. 95.4).

The Continental has .7 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Giulia.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Continental Reserve/Black Label’s available rear seats recline. The Giulia’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Continental has a much larger trunk than the Giulia (16.7 vs. 12 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Continental’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Giulia doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The Continental has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Giulia has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Continental Reserve/Black Label has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Giulia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Continental the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Giulia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The Giulia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The Giulia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Continental allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Alfa Romeo Giulia’s Keyless-Go doesn’t unlock the trunk.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Continental Reserve/Black Label and manual rear side window sunshades are optional to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Giulia doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Giulia doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Continental (except Standard) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Giulia.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Giulia doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label’s Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Giulia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Alfa Romeo Giulia isn't recommended.

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