Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Acura ILX VS 2018 Alfa Romeo Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 Acura ILX

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2018 Alfa Romeo

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura ILX 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the ILX deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The ILX’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Giulia’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The ILX has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Giulia doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The ILX offers optional AcuraLink, 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 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 ILX and the Giulia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the ILX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Giulia. 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 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The ILX’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Giulia’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are over 75 percent more Acura dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ILX’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the ILX gets better fuel mileage than the Giulia RWD (25 city/35 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The ILX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Giulia’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the ILX’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Giulia’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Acura ILX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The ILX has a larger trunk than the Giulia (12.3 vs. 12 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the ILX offers cargo security. The Giulia’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the ILX. The Giulia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the windows are left open on the ILX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Giulia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Keyless Access System standard on the ILX allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Alfa Romeo Giulia’s Keyless-Go doesn’t unlock the trunk.

When the ILX is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Giulia’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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

Recommendations Comparison

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The Acura ILX outsold the Alfa Romeo Giulia by 85% during the 2017 model year.

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