2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Stelvio doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Cherokee 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Stelvio’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 14 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’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 Cherokee’s reliability 40 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 Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cherokee FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio RWD (23 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The Cherokee 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 Jeep Cherokee higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Cherokee produces up to 23.4 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 Jeep Cherokee, 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 Cherokee stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

Cherokee

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Cherokee 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.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Stelvio, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee’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 Cherokee’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Stelvio (8.7 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) 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 Cherokee Overland offers available 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 Cherokee has 4.5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room and 8.4 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

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

Cherokee

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.9”/67.6”

39.4”/72.5”

Max Width

49.2”

46.5”

Min Width

39.4”

36.7”

Height

28.8”

28”

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is limited to 3000 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus) 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 Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular 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.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost 20 to one during 2018.

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