2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Both the Stelvio and the Cherokee 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, available crash mitigating brakes, 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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (280 vs. 184) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (280 vs. 271) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee 4x4 V6 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

The Stelvio has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (16.9 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (255/45R20 vs. 245/65R17).

The Stelvio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The Stelvio’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Cherokee Limited.

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 Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is .8 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Cherokee’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

The design of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio amounts to more than styling. The Stelvio has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Cherokee (.339) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stelvio get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has .8 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

The Stelvio has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stelvio’s available cargo door can be opened just by a gesture, leaving your hands completely free. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (3000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cherokee. 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 standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Cherokee’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Stelvio has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Cherokee has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk/Overland.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Cherokee.

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 Cherokee’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Stelvio offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 costs extra on the Cherokee and isn’t available on the Cherokee Sport.

The Stelvio’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Cherokee Sport doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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