2019 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKC are height-adjustable, and the 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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The MKC Reserve’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The MKC has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 MKC and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKC 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 MKC’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Stelvio’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 6 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKC’s warranty.

Reliability

The MKC has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 MKC’s reliability 18 points higher than the Stelvio.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKC first among compact premium suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Stelvio isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (285 vs. 280) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The MKC 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

MKC

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

13 inches

The MKC stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

 

MKC

Stelvio

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The MKC’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. The MKC AWD’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The MKC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Stelvio doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The MKC AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Stelvio Ti pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The MKC is 5.4 inches shorter than the Stelvio, making the MKC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the MKC 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 MKC 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 MKC has 6.2 inches more front legroom and 4.9 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

The MKC has a much larger cargo area than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (25.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the MKC easier. The MKC’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Stelvio’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

The MKC’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in almost every dimension:

 

MKC

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.4”/67”

39.4”/72.5”

Max Width

47.6”

46.5”

Min Width

40.3”

36.7”

Height

32”

28”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the MKC. The Stelvio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the MKC the driver can close them all 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 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKC’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The MKC has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Stelvio. The MKC also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Stelvio.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the MKC Reserve/Black Label 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 MKC Reserve/Black Label’s optional Active 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.

Model Availability

The MKC is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Lincoln MKC outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost 10 to one during 2017.

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