2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X1 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 X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Stelvio and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and front parking sensors.


The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the X1 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.


The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (280 vs. 228) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the BMW X1:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

90.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Stelvio stops shorter than the X1:





70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the X1 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (255/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio offers optional 20-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the X1 (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 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the X1’s (56.5% to 43.5%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.1 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the X1 xDrive28i:





72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has 1.9 inches more front shoulder room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.


The Stelvio has a 3000 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the X1. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.


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 X1 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 X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X1’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 X1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Stelvio’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Stelvio and the X1 offer optional heated front seats. The Stelvio also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

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 X1 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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