2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Volvo V90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Stelvio and the V90 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, 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 V90 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (280 vs. 250) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 295) than the V90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the V90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Stelvio

V90

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.1 sec

10.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

16.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.2 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V90 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Stelvio has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Stelvio has a gallon more fuel capacity than the V90 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Stelvio’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the V90:

Stelvio

V90

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Stelvio uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the V90.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the V90’s (53.7% to 46.3%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (8.1 vs. 6 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Stelvio is 9.7 inches shorter than the V90, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the V90 T6 AWD R-Design:

Stelvio

V90

At idle

43 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the V90.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V90 with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the V90’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 V90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Stelvio has standard extendable sun visors. The V90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The V90 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Stelvio owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Stelvio will cost $1825 to $4800 less than the V90 over a five-year period.

The Stelvio will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Stelvio will retain 40.25% to 42.03% of its original price after five years, while the V90 only retains 38.25% to 39.33%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be $13539 to $16140 less than for the Volvo V90.

Recommendations

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio outsold the Volvo 90 Series by 86% during the 2019 model year.

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