2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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 Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stelvio and the Macan 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, 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 and front parking sensors.

Reliability

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

The Macan’s redline is at 6500 to 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (280 vs. 248) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Macan Auto turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).

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

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Stelvio’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Macan’s (38.5 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Stelvio’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (38.5 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.1 vs. 8 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 Macan (.35 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stelvio get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan 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 Macan with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).

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 Macan 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 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 Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Stelvio’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Macan.

The Stelvio’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Macan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Macan 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 Macan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

Model Availability

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The Stelvio is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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