2020 Buick Regal TourX vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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

Both the Regal TourX 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal TourX 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 Regal TourX’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 Regal TourX’s warranty.

Reliability

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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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Regal TourX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Regal TourX stops shorter than the Stelvio:

Regal TourX

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Regal TourX’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Regal TourX Essence handles at .88 G’s, while the Stelvio Ti AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Regal TourX Essence executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Regal TourX is 7.6 inches shorter in height than the Stelvio, making the Regal TourX much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The Regal TourX 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Regal TourX Essence is quieter than the Stelvio AWD:

Regal TourX

Stelvio

At idle

40 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

69 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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The Regal TourX has 5.5 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 5 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

Cargo Capacity

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The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (32.7 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (73.5 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Regal TourX’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Stelvio has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

When the Regal TourX Essence with available tilt-down mirrors 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.

Model Availability

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The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn’t available as a four door.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Regal TourX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Regal TourX will cost $165 to $1795 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 Regal TourX will be $6614 to $8292 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

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The Buick Regal outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by 10% during 2019.

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