2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Stelvio and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Q5 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The Q5’s redline is at 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (280 vs. 248) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Audi Q5:

 

Stelvio

Q5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Q5 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 22 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 seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

The Stelvio stops shorter than the Q5:

 

Stelvio

Q5

 

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Q5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Cargo Capacity

The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Stelvio is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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