2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Stelvio and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

Reliability

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

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The UX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 111 more horsepower (280 vs. 169) and 155 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 99 more horsepower (280 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Stelvio has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Stelvio has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:

 

Stelvio

UX Series

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.1 inches

The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the UX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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

The Stelvio’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Stelvio offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the UX Series (111 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the UX Series’ (57% to 43%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has 3 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear headroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Towing

The Stelvio has a 3000 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Stelvio uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

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

Ergonomics

The Stelvio’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the UX Series.

The power windows standard on both the Stelvio and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stelvio is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The UX Series F SPORT’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.

Both the Stelvio and the UX Series 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 UX Series.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 27 to one during 2018.

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