2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The SQ5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The SQ5 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 Quadrifoglio 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.

The SQ5 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio 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 SQ5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio 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 SQ5 and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, 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 SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The SQ5’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’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 SQ5’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio (19 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the SQ5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The SQ5 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi SQ5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (3). This means the SQ5 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The SQ5’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 Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The SQ5 stops shorter than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio:

 

SQ5

Stelvio Quadrifoglio

 

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The SQ5’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The SQ5 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the SQ5 is 2.7 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the SQ5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the SQ5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the SQ5 Prestige is quieter than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio:

 

SQ5

Stelvio Quadrifoglio

At idle

37 dB

47 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

The SQ5 has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 5.9 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SQ5’s rear seats recline. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The SQ5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the SQ5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the SQ5. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The SQ5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s (4400 vs. 3000 pounds).

Ergonomics

The SQ5 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 Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the SQ5 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the SQ5 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the SQ5 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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