2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 BMW X6

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 X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Stelvio and the X6 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 and front parking sensors.

Reliability

The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the X6 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 295) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the X6 xDrive35i:

 

Stelvio

X6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

95.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the X6:

 

 

 

MPG

Stelvio

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

X6

 

RWD

sDrive35i 3.0 turbo cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive35i 3.0 turbo cyl.

18 city/24 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 X6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the X6’s (38.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The Stelvio is 9.2 inches shorter than the X6, 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 lower than the X6 (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stelvio get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has .3 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more rear headroom than the X6.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Stelvio has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Stelvio owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Stelvio will cost $4500 to $6135 less than the X6 over a five-year period.

The Stelvio will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Stelvio will retain 48.22% to 48.46% of its original price after five years, while the X6 only retains 42.56% to 47.6%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be $19319 to $32541 less than for the BMW X6.

Recommendations

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio outsold the BMW X6 by 76% during 2018.

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