2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 BMW X4

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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 X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stelvio and the X4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 X4 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The X4’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.

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 X4 xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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 X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (255/45R20 vs. 245/40R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the X4’s (38.5 feet vs. 40 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X4 (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the BMW X4.

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1.7 inches more rear headroom than the X4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

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 X4 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 X4 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 X4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 X4 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 X4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Stelvio is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X4 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 $955 to $3920 less than the X4 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be $9935 to $12691 less than for the BMW X4.

Recommendations

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio outsold the BMW X4 by 34% during the 2019 model year.

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