2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 MINI Countryman

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Countryman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Stelvio’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Stelvio’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Stelvio’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Stelvio and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, front parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 35 percent more Alfa Romeo dealers than there are MINI dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Stelvio’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 146 more horsepower (280 vs. 134) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 162) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 91 more horsepower (280 vs. 189) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 206) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the MINI Countryman:

Stelvio

Countryman turbo 3 cyl.

Countryman S

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

9.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

17 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

79.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Countryman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Countryman are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops much shorter than the Countryman:

Stelvio

Countryman

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

138 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Countryman (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R17). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Countryman (255/45R20 vs. 225/55R17).

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Countryman (110.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Countryman.

The Stelvio Ti AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Countryman ALL4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Countryman ALL4 (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Countryman (8.1 vs. 6.5 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 Countryman (.32 to .33) 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 Stelvio has 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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The Stelvio has a 3000 lbs. towing capacity. The Countryman 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 Countryman. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Countryman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Countryman’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 Countryman doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Countryman’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 Countryman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Stelvio and the Countryman offer optional 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 Countryman.

On extremely cold winter days, the Stelvio’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Countryman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Countryman.

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

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