2020 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes A-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Alfa Romeo Giulia doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

The A-Class offers an optional Surround View System 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 A-Class and the Giulia 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A-Class’ warranty.

Reliability

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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 A-Class’ reliability 17 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 Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 8 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

A-Class

Giulia

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./7-Spd. Auto

24 city/35 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./7-Spd. Auto

24 city/34 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes A-Class higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Giulia (3). This means the A-Class produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Giulia every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The A-Class 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 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The A-Class stops much shorter than the Giulia:

A-Class

Giulia

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The A-Class’ 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.

The A 220 4MATIC handles at .95 G’s, while the Giulia Ti Q4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The A 220 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Giulia Ti (26.5 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A-Class’ turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Giulia’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes A-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The A-Class is 3.7 inches shorter than the Giulia, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The A-Class has 1.7 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Giulia.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A-Class’ available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Giulia doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Giulia, the A-Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The A-Class offers an optional 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 A-Class 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 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the A-Class is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Giulia’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A-Class keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Giulia doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The A-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Giulia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes A-Class outsold the Alfa Romeo Giulia by 50% during the 2019 model year.

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