2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Cadillac XT5

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Safety

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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 XT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stelvio and the XT5 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, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the XT5 have 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 XT5’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Stelvio’s reliability 20 points higher than the XT5.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Alfa Romeo vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Alfa Romeo 1 place higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (280 vs. 237) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 271) than the XT5’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Cadillac XT5 V6:

Stelvio

XT5

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.1 sec

11.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.2 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

Stelvio

XT5

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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The Stelvio stops shorter than the XT5:

Stelvio

XT5

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Stelvio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the XT5’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio Ti AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the XT5 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the XT5’s (38.5 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Stelvio’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (38.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8.1 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Stelvio is 5 inches shorter than the XT5, 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 XT5 AWD:

Stelvio

XT5

At idle

43 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has .5 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the XT5.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (3000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XT5. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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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 XT5’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 XT5’s standard 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 XT5 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 XT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XT5’s 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.

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 XT5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 XT5 only retains 38.42% to 39.59%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be $574 to $13795 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

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