which one conquers all?


Every car manufacturer has a rival that makes a vehicle similar to theirs. These rivalries are what drive the innovation and fire to create vehicles that are truly spectacular. It allows consumers to constantly want to drive the car that is continuously designed to meet all of their needs. The rivalry in question here is the rivalry between the base models of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the BMW 3 Series. A history lesson to take away from this blog is that the Giulia was first produced in 1962, that’s 20 years before the first 3-Series came to fruition! We think that the three areas that needed our attention were performance, the interior and of course the technology that both of these vehicles offer.

Performance and Handling

When comparing the Giulia and the 3 Series, there are areas where they have similarities and differences in regard to each of their performance and handling. One thing to note is that both vehicles come standard with a 2.0L Turbocharged engine and they both provide plenty of power. Both models also come standard with a sport suspension for the ultimate handling experience. Driving experts have explained that even with the similarities in engine and suspension, that the Alfa Romeo provides a ride and handling superior to the BMW’s. The experts mentioned that the standard Brembo brakes on the Alfa that you won’t find on the BMW make it capable of optimal stopping power with the capability of always finding the right gear on tap and quickly downshifting when it needs to.       

One thing to note is that adaptive cruise control is considered a level 1 autonomous driving aid. What that means is that the cruise control element is controlled in isolation by sensors and cameras, but you as the driver are still very much in control by setting the desired speed or desired distance between vehicle ahead. While it is a convenient feature, it’s important to note that these vehicles still require the driver to maintain undivided focus in case of emergency situations.  

Drive with Accessibility


It’s important to note that each of the manufacturers take an entirely different approach with their interior. The two vehicles have a knob on the center console to control the infotainment system at ease. The Alfa Romeo speaks to simplicity, and we appreciate a vehicle that doesn’t have an obnoxious number of buttons to control everything you can already control with a touchscreen. The only buttons on the Giulia are the HVAC controls. When addressing the matter of the seats, the Giulia are preferred by consumers because they provide more lateral support, and it’s also a feature that comes standard with the Giulia without the need to pay extra for it. Another fun fact about the leather is that it’s real full-grain leather seats unlike the fake leather you get with the competitors.

Drive with Confidence


Brands are constantly on the hunt to innovate their vehicles to make sure they’re equipped with the best technology that will keep consumers excited to buy the next vehicles that become available in the market. The technology advancements start with an 8.8-inch infotainment display that is featured on both vehicles. Both displays are highly intuitive, with touch screen capability and fast processors for a comfortable user experience. With an 8.8-inch display you’ll be happy to know that they both come with smart phone integration which means you’ll be able to use Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Conquer the Open Road


All in all, both vehicles offered distinct approaches with the same exact goal in mind, and that is to provide a capable sport sedan that outshines the rest. BMW did a great job creating a vehicle that delivers a comfortable ride and improved dynamics, however the Alfa Romeo Giulia is still very much a driver’s car. The Giulia is a vehicle that handles and delivers excitement to the person behind the wheel, and it achieves that naturally. The Giulia is available for you to test drive at our store, Bill Luke Tempe Alfa Romeo & Fiat.

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