2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact 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.

The Nautilus Reserve/Black Label offers an optional 360-Degree Camera 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.

The Nautilus has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 Nautilus 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty

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

There are almost 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus’ reliability 20 points higher than the Stelvio.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Stelvio isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ optional 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 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Nautilus has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (18 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Nautilus 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 Lincoln Nautilus higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Nautilus 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 Nautilus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

Nautilus

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.5 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

The Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Stelvio’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nautilus’ wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Stelvio (112.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

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

Chassis

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The Nautilus 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 Nautilus has 6.2 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 7.7 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

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

Nautilus

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/75”

39.4”/72.5”

Min Width

45”

36.7”

Height

31”

28”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo 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 Nautilus can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Stelvio can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Nautilus the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. 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 Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Stelvio doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nautilus Reserve/Black Label 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lincoln Nautilus Reserve/Black Label has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Stelvio doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park 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 Nautilus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Nautilus will cost $260 to $2015 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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

The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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