2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Buick Regal TourX

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Stelvio’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Stelvio has standard ParkSense® to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Stelvio Ti’s optional 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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stelvio and the Regal TourX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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

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 Regal TourX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (280 vs. 250) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 295) than the Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Buick Regal TourX:

Stelvio

Regal TourX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

91.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Regal TourX:

Stelvio

Regal TourX

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.3 inches

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 Regal TourX are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Regal TourX (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

The Stelvio’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Regal TourX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Regal TourX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Stelvio offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Regal TourX; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Regal TourX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is .7 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the Regal TourX.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Regal TourX’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Regal TourX Essence pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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

Chassis

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The Stelvio is 11.7 inches shorter than the Regal TourX, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Regal TourX.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Stelvio. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Stelvio has a 3000 lbs. towing capacity. The Regal TourX has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Regal TourX. 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. An easy entry system costs extra on the Regal TourX, and is not available on all models.

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Regal TourX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Regal TourX’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Regal TourX 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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Stelvio detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Regal TourX Preferred/Essence’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Stelvio’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Stelvio and the Regal TourX offer available heated front seats. The Stelvio also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Regal TourX.

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 Regal TourX 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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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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 Regal TourX only retains 27.91% to 36.5%.

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