2020 Audi Q3 vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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The Q3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Stelvio doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q3 and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q3 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Stelvio’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q3 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q3. But it costs extra on the Stelvio.

The Q3 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Q3 and the Stelvio 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q3 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 86 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 2 times as many Audi dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q3’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Audi Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Stelvio’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 15 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Stelvio requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Q3 higher (7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Q3 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q3’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

Q3

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Q3 stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

Q3

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Q3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q3 Prestige handles at .91 G’s, while the Stelvio AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Q3 is 8 inches shorter than the Stelvio, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q3 has 3.4 inches more front legroom and 4.2 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q3’s rear seats recline. The Stelvio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Q3 has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (23.7 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Q3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q3 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn't recommended.

The Audi Q3 outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by 57% during 2019.

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