2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 BMW X2

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 X2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stelvio and the X2 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, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the X2 have 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 X2 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the X2 s/xDrive28i:




Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

11.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

91.1 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Stelvio stops shorter than the X2:





60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the X2 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (255/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the X2 (111 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the X2.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the X2’s (56.2% to 43.8%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X2 (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 X2 xDrive28i:





72 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Stelvio easier. The Stelvio’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.


The Stelvio has a 3000 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the X2. 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 X2 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 X2 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 X2 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 X2 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X2’s 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Stelvio has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Stelvio and the X2 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 X2.

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 X2 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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