2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stelvio and the Cherokee 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, 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.

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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 100 more horsepower (280 vs. 180) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (280 vs. 270) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 295) than the Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (280 vs. 271) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Jeep Cherokee:

Stelvio

Cherokee 4 cyl.

Cherokee turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

9.5 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

80.5 MPH

87.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Stelvio has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (16.9 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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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 Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops shorter than the Cherokee:

Stelvio

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (255/45R20 vs. 245/65R17).

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 Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The Stelvio’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Cherokee.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Cherokee (110.9 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Cherokee’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio amounts to more than styling. The Stelvio has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Cherokee (.339) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stelvio get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

Stelvio

Cherokee

At idle

43 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has .8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

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 Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (3000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cherokee. 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 standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

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 Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Stelvio offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Stelvio has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cherokee.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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