2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2017 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Stelvio offers an optional Autonomous Emergency Brake, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Edge offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Stelvio. But it costs extra on the Edge.

Both the Stelvio and the Edge 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Stelvio comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Edge’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (280 vs. 245) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 275) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 250) than the Edge’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Edge AWD turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Suspension and Handling

The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Edge’s (57.1% to 42.9%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Edge’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Stelvio’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Edge Sport with 22” wheels’ (38.4 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Stelvio is 3.5 inches shorter than the Edge, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Edge. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Stelvio has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Edge doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Edge SE/SEL’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Edge doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport.

When the Stelvio is put in reverse, the rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Edge’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Stelvio has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport.

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