Looking to buy a new sporty sedan, but having trouble finding the vehicle right for you? The Audi A5 Sportback and Alfa Romeo Giulia are your top two contenders as they both have aggressive styling, high-performance driving capabilities, performance engine options to battle with today's sports car, along with the luxury components and quality equipment. Which one ranks supreme? Do not worry! We have a comprehensive comparison between sporty sedans. What’s new with the Audi A5 Sportback and Alfa Romeo Giulia?
The new Audi A5 Sportback has a redesigned body that brings a sporty look to the iconic style of the A5. The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the Italian compact executive car design inspired by their world-class racing teams. Both automotive manufacturers have made quality cars that are capable of not just getting groceries, and have a stance in the market of sports cars. Each car manufacturer has put their own touch to the small but rowdy 2.0L turbo Inline-4 cylinder engines and with all of today’s technology makes it a tough decision. The question still stands, which sporty sedan is right for you?
The Audi A5 Sportback knocks out the Alfa Romeo Giulia out of its class as emergency braking comes standard on all A5 models. On the other hand, the Alfa Romeo Giulia comes equipped with rear parking sensors, but two driver’s assistance features are optional packages on the Gulia and Audi has many safety options available in their most expensive Prestige model.
The Audi A5 was engineered with a strong structural foundation to absorb the impact of the crash and stay rigid to keep you safe. They are standard with active rollover protection that uses the vehicle's motion sensor to deploy two firm rollover bars and comes equipped with eight airbags as another two being optional rear airbags. As well as having electronic stability control and anti-lock braking system that work together to enhance safety and performance aspects on the road.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia was built to be a resilient car on the road and can be optioned out of the several driver’s assist packages available. The most needed being the Driver Assist Static with Front Sensors Package that includes blind-spot and cross-path detection, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The most fun being the Driver Assistance Dynamic Package having Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Stop, and Automatic High Beam Headlamps. Alfa Romeo Giulia even offers infrared windshield.
The Audi A5 Sportback has a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 248 base horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque with a 7-speed automatic transmission. This car is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive systems that Audi calls the Quattro system. The car jumps from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 5 seconds flat making it a pretty quick 4-door car for the price. Many say that the steering lets you feel in control of the car and comes with paddle shifters to get you going.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the most athletic and small cars in its class that is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder producing 280 base horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides more than enough juice to get you going. The car skips from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds that put the Giulia in the midrange with its competitors. There are three distinct drive-mode settings of Natural, Advanced Efficiency, and Dynamic. The Natural mode works the best for the car’s transmission, but the Dynamic mode results in off-time hard up and downshifts.
The Audi A5 Sportback has a sharp and precise wave-design that gives the car an aggressive look with its pronounced wheel arches that focuses on the Quattro all-wheel-drive. With a power dome hood to the sloping roofline and intelligent LED headlights. The interior is designed for a lively and aesthetic ride throughout the cabin and taking the comfort and class to the next level to create an amazing environment for the driver and passengers of the car. Maximize your cargo space by folding the rear seats giving you up to 35 cubic feet of cargo space. An all-new redesign to the Audi A5 Sportback happened in 2018 debuting the new body shape and redefined model.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has seductive styling to develop the perfect blend of style and performance for this world-class racing-inspired sport sedan. With High-Performance Bi-Xenon Headlamps and signature Daytime Running LED Lamps to help you shine the road ahead. The Italian designed interior lays out the simple uses of the Giulia center console to make certain the driver has the ultimate convenience and comfort while driving.
The Audi A5 Sportback has a virtual 12.3-inch display that lets the drivers be in control of information such as audio and navigation, as well as offering a classic infotainment mode that allows access to Google Earth images. The Audi interface now enables Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Google giving you the control you need. The MMI touch is the trackpad recognition technology allowing the drivers to write commands to the car rather than pushing buttons or selecting numbers. Using a system of aspherical mirrors, also allows you to customize your heads up display options.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia having an 8.8-inch widescreen color display that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration letting you keep your eyes on the road. Many safety features are only available with the Driver’s Assist Packages giving it a need to have. The Driver’s Assist Packages include Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control just to name a few features you might consider. Alfa Romeo’s tailored experience with the Afla DNA Drive Mode Selector that lets you toggle between the three driving modes of Dynamic, Natural, or Advanced Efficiency.
The Audi A5 Sportback starts at $44,200 for the Premium, $47,100 for the Premium Plus, and $50,800 for the Prestige providing an option for any budget. The Alfa Romeo Giulia starts at $38,545 for the base model and can go up to $48,245 for the Ti Sport Cabron, and $74,245 for the beastly Giulia Quadrifoglio letting the buyer select the car in their budget. The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the cheaper option of the two, but that does not necessarily mean its the best option of the two. The Audi A5 Sportback has more bang for your buck when it comes to the safety features and technology you get, and not to say the A5 Sportback is nearly half of a second faster than the Giulia.
Ultimately, the Audi A5 Sportback for several options and features than the Alfa Romeo Giulia making it the top pick for us. The Audi A5 Sportback is more sophisticated and less powerful than the Alfa Romeo Giulia and is still manages to beat the competition in 0-60 times. The Alfa Romeo Giulia has remarks for their style and performance, but lack in technology and user interface. That does not mean that it is going to score the same on your own scale, our advice is to go try out both cars. There's no other way to see what these cars are like until you go drive one and feel what people are really talking about.