2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

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 Jaguar XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stelvio and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 XF’s redline is at 6500 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 33 more horsepower (280 vs. 247) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 269) than the XF 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 295) than the XF 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Stelvio

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

XF Sportbrake

 

AWD

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/25 hwy

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Stelvio’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

 

Stelvio

XF

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The Stelvio stops shorter than the XF:

 

Stelvio

XF

 

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is .5 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

Chassis

The Stelvio is 10.5 inches shorter than the XF Sportbrake, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the XF S Sportbrake (72 vs. 77 dB).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Stelvio has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XF doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

Recommendations

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio outsold the Jaguar XF by over five to one during 2018.

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