2018 Buick Envision vs. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Envision and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Stelvio’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Envision Premium offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Envision has standard OnStar®, 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 Stelvio 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 Envision and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Envision the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Envision’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Stelvio’s (6 vs. 4 years).

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance (up to 2 oil changes) on the Envision for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo pays for maintenance for the Stelvio (2/24,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 13 times as many Buick dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Envision’s reliability 58 points higher than the Stelvio.

Brakes and Stopping

The Envision stops shorter than the Stelvio:

 

Envision

Stelvio

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Stelvio doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

The Buick Envision may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space

The Envision has 4.3 inches more front legroom and 5.6 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Envision’s rear seats recline. The Stelvio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Envision has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Envision has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The Envision Premium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the Envision Essence/Premium 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 Stelvio’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Envision has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Stelvio. The Envision Essence/Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Stelvio.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Envision Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Stelvio doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Envision Premium’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Envision is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Buick Envision outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over fifteen to one during 2017.

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