Taking on the Mercedes C-Class is a tall order for any brand, so can the Alfa Romeo Giulia rise to the challenge? We’re taking a look at these two saloons side-by-side to see how they compare and which deserves your hard earned money.
You can’t order a Giulia yet but, if the German car has taken your fancy, put either the Mercedes C-Class or the Mercedes C-Class Estate in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes C-Class styling
Alfa Romeo is a company with a history of making attractive cars and the Giulia doesn’t disappoint. Its aggressive face, taut lines and iconic V-shaped Alfa Romeo grille make it instantly recognisable as a product of Milan. Against the ubiquitous German saloons, it certainly stands out.
The Mercedes is both angular and curvy, and seems to be a definite upgrade on its predecessor. It houses the usual bulbous Mercedes grille and headlights that have attractive LED elements in them. Compared to the Giulia, however, it simply doesn’t have the visual drama to stand out – although that might be what you want.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes C-Class interior
The Giulia definitely has a sporty look inside that’ll inevitably appeal to a younger market. However, to some eyes, the dash components look too similar to those used in other cars. That’s not to say the interior is unpleasant – it just lacks the bespoke and luxurious feeling offered by the C-Class.
The C-Class’s cabin really is a class act. High-end materials and top-notch build quality are evident throughout. Unlike years gone by, the C-Class is now extremely well equipped with heated front seats, DAB radio, aluminium door trims and cruise control standard on all models.
As far as cabins go, these two couldn’t be further apart in both styling and quality. If the interior is the most important thing for you, don’t look any further than the C-Class.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes C-Class engines
Details are still scant on what engines will be available in the Giulia, but we do know the Quadrifoglio will have a twin-turbo V6 petrol that’ll get it from 0-60mph in less than four seconds. Other engines are likely to include a 1.4-litre petrol, while diesels should come in 2.0 and possibly 3.0-litre guises.
The most popular C-Class engine is likely to remain the 2.1-litre diesel in the C220 and C250. This is despite many reviewers noting that this unit produces quite a racket when you accelerate. Petrols are 184 and 211hp versions of the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder, and potent AMG models employ a 4.0-litre V8.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes C-Class driving
Once again, there isn’t a lot to go on at the moment as far as how the Giulia drives, but we know Alfa Romeo has put an awful lot of effort into making it a real ‘driver’s car’. With 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, new multi-link rear suspension, a new steering system and torque vectoring, it should be pretty good when the going gets twisty.
Enthralling driving dynamics aren’t really the C-Class’s strong suit, especially with the rather rattly 2.1 diesel. The steering feels quick and direct but doesn’t offer a great deal of feedback. Its main abilities revolve around being comfortable – something the optional air suspension testifies to.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes C-Class practicality
Practicality is rarely at the top of the list of priorities for Alfa Romeo’s designers, but the Giulia does have four doors and a roof that doesn’t eat into the cabin too much, so it should be relatively comfortable in the back.
The latest C-Class is bigger and roomier than its predecessor, but those riding in the front will have a much better time than anyone in the back. It isn’t unusable for taller passengers in the back, but you can tell rear-seat passengers aren’t the main focus for cars like this.
Both cars are four-door saloons and have at least some level of inherent practicality about them. For families of four, they’re definitely sufficient but if you’re planning on carrying more people more regularly, you might want a bigger car.
Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes C-Class verdict
Both cars have their plus and minus points. If you’re buying with your head and your wallet, you can’t go too far wrong with a C-Class. If you buy with your heart and soul though, it’s hard to look past the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
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