2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

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 Tiguan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stelvio and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (280 vs. 184) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

Stelvio

Tiguan

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

15.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan 4Motion® (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

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

The Stelvio has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Stelvio has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.9 gallons).

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 Tiguan are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops shorter than the Tiguan:

Stelvio

Tiguan

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R17).

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 Tiguan S/SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S/SE.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Tiguan (110.9 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan.

The Stelvio Ti AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .77 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 Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (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 Tiguan (.35) 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 .6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tiguan’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 Tiguan. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because 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 Tiguan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Tiguan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Tiguan 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 Tiguan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Stelvio and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Stelvio also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.

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 is only available on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium R-Line.

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

Economic Advantages

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The Stelvio will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Stelvio will retain 40.25% to 42.03% of its original price after five years, while the Tiguan only retains 28.65% to 38.41%.

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