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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 XC60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Stelvio doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the XC60 and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Stelvio’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stelvio 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 XC60 offers an optional 360-Degree Surround View Camera 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 XC60’s 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 XC60 has standard Volvo On Call, 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 XC60 and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 91 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.
The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 Volvo dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.
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 XC60’s reliability 20 points higher than the Stelvio.
The XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 36 more horsepower (316 vs. 280) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 120 more horsepower (400 vs. 280) and 166 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 306) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio (60 city/58 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/28 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio (26 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).
The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Stelvio must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The XC60 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.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the XC60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.
For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:
The XC60 stops much shorter than the Stelvio:
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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Stelvio’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Stelvio (112.8 inches vs. 111 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Stelvio.
The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the Stelvio pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).
For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Stelvio (8.5 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XC60 has 4.9 inches more front legroom and 6.1 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.
The XC60 has a much larger cargo area than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the Stelvio’s liftover is 28.5 inches.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional 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 XC60. The Stelvio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Stelvio’s (3500 vs. 3000 pounds).
The XC60 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.
When the XC60 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.
Both the XC60 and the Stelvio offer optional heated front seats. The XC60 Inscription also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Stelvio.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the XC60 Inscription 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 XC60’s optional Park Assist Pilot 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.
The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Volvo XC60 outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over 8 to one during 2017.
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