2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2017 MINI Countryman

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 Countryman.

The Stelvio’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Stelvio’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Stelvio’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 Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Stelvio and the Countryman 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 crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 23 percent more Alfa Romeo dealers than there are MINI dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Stelvio’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 146 more horsepower (280 vs. 134) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 91 more horsepower (280 vs. 189) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 207) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (280 vs. 228) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 236) than the JCW Countryman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Stelvio’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Countryman doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Countryman.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Countryman (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R17). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Countryman (255/45R20 vs. 225/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman. The Stelvio’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Countryman.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Countryman (111 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 2 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Countryman.

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (8.1 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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 Countryman (.32 to .33) 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 .3 inches more front headroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

The Stelvio has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Stelvio has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Stelvio. The Countryman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Countryman. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Stelvio 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 Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

On extremely cold winter days, the Stelvio’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Countryman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Stelvio offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Countryman doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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