Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia VS 2017 Mercedes CLA Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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2017 Mercedes CLA

Safety Comparison

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To help make backing safer, the Giulia’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Giulia and the CLA 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and front parking sensors.

Reliability Comparison

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The engine in the Giulia has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the CLA has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine Comparison

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The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 72 more horsepower (280 vs. 208) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the CLA’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Giulia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CLA:

 

Giulia

CLA

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Giulia offers optional 19-inch wheels. The CLA’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Giulia has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CLA, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Giulia’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the CLA (111 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Giulia is .4 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the CLA.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Giulia is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the CLA is rated a Subcompact.

The Giulia has 22 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLA (100 vs. 78).

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Giulia offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Giulia’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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