2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stelvio and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal 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 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 engines in the X5 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the X5:

 

 

 

MPG

Stelvio

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

X5

 

AWD

xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/22 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Stelvio stops shorter than the X5:

 

Stelvio

X5

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.5 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 1150 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Stelvio is 9.7 inches shorter than the X5, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 significantly lower than the X5 (.36 to .38) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stelvio get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The Stelvio’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

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 X5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Model Availability

The Stelvio is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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