2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. Lexus IS vs Infiniti Q50 vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Comparison
Ever since Alfa Romeo made its triumphant return to the United States, drivers across the country have chosen the Alfa Romeo Giulia for its seductive style, potent performance, and cutting-edge technology features. While competition remains fierce among the small luxury sedan segment, you may have found yourself torn between the Giulia and some of its biggest rivals. To help simplify your decision, Alfa Romeo Louisville has assembled this useful comparison guide which gives you an in-depth look at how the Giulia measures up against its top competition including the Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Lexus IS

Alfa Romeo Giulia

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Base AWD

VS 2018 Lexus IS

2018 Lexus IS 300 Base AWD

$40,195 MSRP (excluding destination charges) $40,660
23 / 31 / 26 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 19 / 26 / 22
280 Horsepower 260
306 lb ft Torque 236 lb ft
8-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Standard Rain-Sensing Wipers Optional
ParkSense Rear Parking Sensors Optional
Standard Remote Start Not Available
Leather Seat Material Leatherette
40/20/40 Rear Seat Folding 60/40
95 cubic feet Passenger Volume 90 cubic feet

In our first matchup, we’ll take a look at equivalent base trims equipped with all-wheel drive. The Alfa Romeo Giulia begins with a $465 price advantage over the Lexus IS 300. When it comes to performance, the Giulia outperforms the IS 300 in both horsepower and torque. A more-sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission also gives the Giulia better response and contributes to its superior fuel efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, the Giulia tops the IS 300 across all three MPG categories. Choosing Alfa Romeo means you’ll get more thrills on your daily drive while spending less time and money at the pump. Shifting our attention towards convenience and interior features, the Giulia continues to shine. You’ll enjoy standard rain-sensing windshield wipers for added visibility in harsh weather conditions along with standard ParkSense Rear parking sensors to take the guesswork out of parallel parking. Each of these useful features are costly options at Lexus.

The Giulia offers genuine leather seating surfaces compared to the synthetic NuLuxe Leatherette found inside the IS 300. Its rear seat also offers a 40/20/40 split folding configuration for greater cargo and passenger-carrying versatility. The interior of the Giulia also offers 5 more cubic feet than the Lexus IS 300, highlighting its generous interior dimensions.

Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Infiniti Q50

Alfa Romeo Giulia

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti AWD

VS Infiniti Q50

2018 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Luxe AWD

23 / 31 / 26 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 22 / 28 / 24
280 Horsepower 208
306 lb ft Torque 258 lb ft
8-Speed Automatic Transmission 7-Speed Automatic
17.7 feet Turning Radius 18.7 feet
ParkSense Rear Parking Sensors Optional
8 Number of Speakers 6
Power 4-Way, Driver & Passenger Front Seat Lumbar Support Manual
40/20/40 Rear Seat Folding Optional
Leather Seat Material Leatherette

Our second challenger to go up against the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the Infiniti Q50. Although the Infiniti enjoys a slight price advantage, both vehicles are priced virtually identically. As we saw in the prior comparison, the competition simply cannot compete with the performance found on the Giulia. It offers 280 horsepower, 306 lb ft of torque, and a more advanced 8-speed automatic transmission. All this power doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on fuel economy. Across city, highway, and combined MPG ratings — the Giulia proves to be the superior choice. The Giulia also offers a turning radius which is one foot smaller than the Q50, making it easier to maneuver in or out of a tight space. When parking, standard ParkSense Rear parking sensors provides added confidence. You’ll be required to pay extra to receive parking sensors on the Infiniti.

Comparing the interiors of both of these luxury sedans also reveals a few key differences. First, the Giulia offers a greater number of speakers in its audio system for an improved listening experience. Choosing Alfa Romeo also means that you’ll receive genuine leather seats, a 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, and power 4-way lumbar support for both the driver and front passenger. All three are features that the Infiniti Q50 can’t match.

Alfa Romeo Giulia vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Alfa Romeo Giulia

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti AWD

VS 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC

$42,195 MSRP (excluding destination charges) $42,250
280 Horsepower 241
306 lb ft Torque 273 lb ft
18 inches Wheel Size 17 inches
Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamp Type Halogen
Keyless Go Doors & Push Button Star Proximity Key Push Button Start Only
ParkSense Rear Parking Sensors Optional
Standard Voice-Activated Audio Controls Optional
Standard Heated Steering Wheel Optional
Standard Heated Seats Optional
8 Number of Speakers 5

The third and final rival to take on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti is the Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC. While the starting MSRP for both vehicles are nearly the same, comparing the performance capabilities of both reveal a noticeable difference. Driving a Giulia Ti means that you can enjoy a 39 horsepower advantage along with 33 lb feet of additional torque.Standard 18-inch alloy wheels also give the Giulia Ti a confident stance whether in-motion or at a standstill. While the C 300 comes standard with halogen headlamps, Alfa Romeo equips the Giulia Ti with bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps for superior visibility and clarity.

The proximity key on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti gives drivers push button start along with keyless entry doors for quick access. Mercedes-Benz only offers push button start. Standard ParkSense Rear provides peace of mind by alerting you to objects and obstacles behind your Giulia Ti. Again, this is an added-cost option on the C-Class.

Other premium amenities found inside the Alfa Romeo Giulia include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, 8-speaker sound system, and voice-activated audio controls. All three will cost you extra on the Mercedes-Benz C 300.

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Winner — Alfa Romeo Giulia

Now that we’ve reached the conclusion of this comparison and tallied the results, it’s clear that the Alfa Romeo Giulia remains the best choice for buyers searching for a small luxury sedan. Lexus, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz prove to be no match for the impressive performance, exceptional value, and premium standard features found on the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Alfa Romeo Louisville welcomes you to come experience all that the Giulia has to offer.

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.