Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Cadillac CTS-V VS 2017 Alfa Romeo Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V

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2017 Alfa Romeo

Safety Comparison

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

For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac CTS-V are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CTS-V and Giulia Quadrifoglio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The CTS-V has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The CTS-V has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CTS-V and the Giulia Quadrifoglio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available crash mitigating brakes.

The Cadillac CTS-V weighs 610 pounds more than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the CTS-V 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Giulia Quadrifoglio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 18 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CTS-V’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 135 more horsepower (640 vs. 505) and 187 lbs.-ft. more torque (630 vs. 443) than the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The CTS-V has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Giulia Quadrifoglio (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The CTS-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the CTS-V’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Giulia Quadrifoglio:

CTS-V

Giulia Quadrifoglio

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.8 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the CTS-V has larger tires than the Giulia Quadrifoglio (F:265/35R19 & R:295/30R19 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:285/30R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CTS-V’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Giulia Quadrifoglio (114.6 inches vs. 111 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The CTS-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The CTS-V’s optional rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the CTS-V. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The CTS-V has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The CTS-V has a standard heads-up display which 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 Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CTS-V detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the CTS-V and the Giulia Quadrifoglio have standard heated front seats. The CTS-V also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Standard air conditioned seats in the CTS-V (except with Recaro seats) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The CTS-V has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The CTS-V offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The CTS-V’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The CTS Vsport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 9 years. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CTS as their 2014 Car of the Year. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has never been chosen.

The CTS-V was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has never been an “All Star.”

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