2020 Buick Envision vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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Both the Envision and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision 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 Envision Premium offers an optional Surround Vision 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 Envision 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Envision the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 212 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Envision’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Stelvio’s (6 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 13 times as many Buick dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Envision’s reliability 14 points higher than the Stelvio.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 11 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick Envision higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Envision produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Stelvio.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Envision stops shorter than the Stelvio:

Envision

Stelvio

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

132 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Stelvio doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Stelvio doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Envision has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stelvio (100.6 vs. 97.6).

The Envision has 4.3 inches more front legroom and 5.6 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Envision has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Envision has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Envision can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Envision can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Stelvio can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Envision Premium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the Envision Essence/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Stelvio’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Envision Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Stelvio doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Envision Premium’s optional Automatic Park 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Envision owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Envision will cost $690 to $2240 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Envision will be $2481 to $8116 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

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The Buick Envision outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost four to one during 2019.

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