2019 Infiniti QX30 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 Infiniti QX30 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 QX30 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor 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 QX30 (except Pure) offers optional InTouch Services™, 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 QX30 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Stelvio’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Stelvio’s (7 vs. 4 years).

There are over 23 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX30’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 QX30’s reliability 40 points higher than the Stelvio.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio:

 

 

QX30

Stelvio

 

2WD

Auto

24 city/33 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

 

4WD

Auto

21 city/30 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

 

Transmission

The QX30 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

 

QX30

Stelvio

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’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 standard on the QX30 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 QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Stelvio Ti AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The QX30 is 10.4 inches shorter than the Stelvio, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 8 inches shorter in height than the Stelvio, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Stelvio AWD (41 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The QX30 has 4.7 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

Cargo Capacity

The QX30 has a larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Stelvio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Stelvio, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 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.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential 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 QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park 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

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the Stelvio only retains 48.22% to 48.46%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX30 will be $8944 to $12325 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

The Infiniti QX30 outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over five to one during 2017.

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