2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 BMW X3

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stelvio and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 X3 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The X3’s redline is at 7000 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 X3’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (280 vs. 248) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the X3 s/xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the X3 s/xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Stelvio

X3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

91.5 MPH

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the X3 (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The Stelvio Ti AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the X3 xDrive30i pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X3 xDrive30i (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the X3 xDrive30i’s (38.5 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Stelvio’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the X3 M40i’s (38.5 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X3 (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Stelvio is 1.5 inches lower than the X3 (17” vs. 18.5”). The Stelvio’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the X3’s (18” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stelvio’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 X3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 X3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Stelvio offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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