2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Terrain Denali offers an optional Surround Vision 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 Terrain has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 Terrain and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, 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 with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain 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

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Terrain 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Stelvio’s (6 vs. 4 years).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance (up to 2 oil changes) on the Terrain for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo pays for maintenance for the Stelvio (2/24,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 10 times as many GMC dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’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 Terrain’s reliability 20 points higher than the Stelvio.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Terrain

Stelvio

 

2WD

Auto

28 city/39 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

28 city/38 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

 

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

 

 

Terrain

Stelvio

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/30 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0T

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/28 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0T

The Terrain has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Stelvio.

Brakes and Stopping

The Terrain stops shorter than the Stelvio:

 

Terrain

Stelvio

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Stelvio doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 4.3 inches more front legroom and 7.8 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is limited to 3000 pounds. The Terrain offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Stelvio has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all 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 Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Stelvio’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali 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.

The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Terrain owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Terrain will cost $1770 to $3255 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Terrain will be $9194 to $17200 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

The GMC Terrain outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over 31 to one during 2017.

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