2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Stelvio and the MKC 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

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The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the MKC have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The MKC’s redline is at 6500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The MKC’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (280 vs. 245) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 275) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 305) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Lincoln MKC:

Stelvio

MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Stelvio

MKC

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 4 cyl./Auto

The Stelvio has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (16.9 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKC are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the MKC (110.9 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the MKC’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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

Stelvio

MKC

At idle

43 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKC’s (3000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKC. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MKC’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKC doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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