2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Stelvio doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Allroad has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the Stelvio.

The Allroad Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Allroad has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Allroad and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Allroad’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Stelvio’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Allroad’s reliability 50 points higher than the Stelvio.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio:

 

Allroad

Stelvio

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

98 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Stelvio doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Allroad

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.5 inches

The Allroad stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

 

Allroad

Stelvio

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the Stelvio (245/45R18 vs. 235/60R18).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Stelvio AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

The Allroad is 7.2 inches shorter in height than the Stelvio, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Allroad has 4.7 inches more front legroom and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo design makes loading and unloading the Allroad easier. The Allroad’s cargo lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the Stelvio’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Allroad. The Stelvio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

The Allroad Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Allroad the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Stelvio.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Stelvio doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Allroad will cost $300 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.

The Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Allroad will retain 50.32% to 50.79% of its original price after five years, while the Stelvio only retains 48.22% to 48.46%.

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