2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Safety

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The Tiguan has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) offers optional Maneuver Braking 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 Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has a standard Overhead View 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.

Both the Tiguan and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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 “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tiguan 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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The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Stelvio’s (7 vs. 4 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tiguan for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen 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 4 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tiguan’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Stelvio’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 25th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 2 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Tiguan higher (7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the Tiguan 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 Tiguan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

Tiguan

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the Stelvio:

Tiguan

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s 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.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Tiguan’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® is quieter than the Stelvio AWD (42 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Stelvio can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 26.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stelvio (123.9 vs. 97.6).

The Tiguan has 3.6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and 4.6 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Stelvio.

Tiguan

Stelvio

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

18.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

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

Tiguan

Stelvio

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

17.2”/39.7”/74.5”

n.a./39.4”/72.5”

Max Width

55”

46.5”

Min Width

39.8”

36.7”

Height

33.5”

28”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Stelvio.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tiguan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tiguan will cost $960 to $2695 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 Volkswagen Tiguan will be $8994 to $15467 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tiguan third among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Stelvio isn’t in the top three.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost 12 to one during 2019.

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