2020 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply 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.

Both the Edge and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and front parking sensors.

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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Edge the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Stelvio’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are over 19 times as many Ford dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 Edge’s reliability 11 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 Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 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 Ford vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 13 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Engine

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The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 306) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (18.4 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons).

The Edge 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 Ford Edge higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Edge produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Edge ST

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.5 inches

The Edge stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

Edge

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Stelvio (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stelvio (265/40R21 vs. 255/45R20).

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Stelvio’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Edge’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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Stelvio (112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

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

The Edge ST 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 Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge ST has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Stelvio (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Edge 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 Edge ST 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 Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Stelvio AWD:

Edge

Stelvio

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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The Edge has 16.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stelvio (113.9 vs. 97.6).

The Edge has 6 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 8.7 inches more rear legroom and 4.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in every dimension:

Edge

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

39.4”/72.5”

Max Width

63.3”

46.5”

Min Width

45.3”

36.7”

Height

34.5”

28”

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

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is limited to 3000 pounds. The Edge offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Edge ST 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 Edge can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Stelvio can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/ST 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 Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active 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 Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $1565 to $2840 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 Ford Edge will be $8959 to $11146 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

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

The Ford Edge outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost fifteen to one during 2019.

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