2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stelvio and the Grand Cherokee 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, 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 Grand Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Stelvio has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

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

Stelvio

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Stelvio

Grand Cherokee

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

19 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’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 Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Stelvio

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

157 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Grand 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 Grand Cherokee Laredo.

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

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1250 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Stelvio is 5.2 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 significantly lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stelvio get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Stelvio is 3.5 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (17” vs. 20.5”). The Stelvio’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (18” vs. 20.8”).

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 Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stelvio’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Grand Cherokee’s parking brake has to released manually.

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 Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Grand 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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