2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X2 has standard BMW Assist, 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 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 X2 and the Stelvio 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo pays for maintenance for the Stelvio (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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 X2’s reliability 40 points higher than the Stelvio.

Engine

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (302 vs. 280) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 306) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Stelvio

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X2’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

The X2 stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

 

X2

Stelvio

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Stelvio doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Stelvio AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The X2 is 1 foot shorter than the Stelvio, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Stelvio AWD:

 

X2

Stelvio

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

The X2 has 3.7 inches more front legroom and 4.8 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The Stelvio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio 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 X2. The Stelvio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

The X2 offers an optional 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 X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the X2 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’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn't recommended.

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