2020 Jaguar XF 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 Jaguar XF 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.

Both the XF and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 XF has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XF S offers an optional Surround 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 XF and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XF comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Stelvio’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Alfa Romeo only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Stelvio.

There are over 12 percent more Jaguar dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XF’s warranty.

Engine

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The XF 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 16 more horsepower (296 vs. 280) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XF S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 100 more horsepower (380 vs. 280) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 306) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the XF S is faster than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T:

XF

Stelvio

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.3 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XF has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (19.5 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XF higher (7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the XF 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 XF 30t/S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

XF 30t/S

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.5 inches

The XF stops shorter than the Stelvio:

XF

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the Stelvio (245/45R18 vs. 235/60R18).

The XF’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires. The XF’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Stelvio (116.5 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

The XF S Sportbrake handles at .87 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 Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The XF is 8.6 inches shorter in height than the Stelvio, making the XF much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the XF S Sportbrake is quieter than the Stelvio AWD (38 vs. 43 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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The XF Sportbrake has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (31.7 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The XF Sportbrake has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (69.7 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

The XF Sportbrake’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in almost every dimension:

XF

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

45”/79”

39.4”/72.5”

Max Width

48.5”

46.5”

Min Width

42”

36.7”

Height

26.7”

28”

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Stelvio, the XF S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XF Prestige/S offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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.

If the windows are left open on the XF the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF S Sedan and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the XF S to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

When the XF is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Stelvio’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XF Prestige/S 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 XF S’ optional 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.

Model Availability

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The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn’t available as a sedan.

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