2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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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 Edge doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Stelvio and the Edge 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, 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.

Warranty

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The Stelvio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (280 vs. 245) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 275) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Ford Edge:

Stelvio

Edge turbo 4 cyl.

Edge ST

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.6 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.9 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

89.3 MPH

93.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Stelvio

Edge

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/28 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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

Stelvio

Edge

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.4 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 standard on the Edge AWD are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops much shorter than the Edge:

Stelvio

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

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 Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Edge’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Edge Titanium (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Edge’s (38.5 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Stelvio’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (38.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

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

Chassis

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The Stelvio is 4.2 inches shorter than the Edge, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the Edge Titanium AWD (66 vs. 68 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Stelvio easier. The Stelvio’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 29.6 inches.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Edge. 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 fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Stelvio has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Edge doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Edge 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 Edge doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

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