2020 Volvo V60 vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Stelvio doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 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 V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake 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 V60 offers an optional 360° 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 V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The V60 has standard Volvo On Call, 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 V60 and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The V60’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo 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 72 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the V60’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 28th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

Engine

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The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 135 more horsepower (415 vs. 280) and 188 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 306) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar gets better mileage running on electricity than the Stelvio AWD (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar gets better fuel mileage running on gasoline than the Stelvio RWD (28 city/33 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio RWD (23 city/34 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Stelvio must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The V60 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 Volvo V60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the V60 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 V60 Polestar Engineered’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

V60 Polestar Engineered

Stelvio

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.5 inches

The V60 stops shorter than the Stelvio:

V60

Stelvio

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The V60’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 V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Stelvio (113.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Stelvio AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 9.8 inches shorter in height than the Stelvio, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 5.7 inches more front legroom and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 26.7 inches, while the Stelvio’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

The V60’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in almost every dimension:

V60

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

39.4”/72.5”

Min Width

40.9”

36.7”

Ergonomics

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The V60 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 V60 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 lower the 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V60 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 V60 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Stelvio’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Inscription 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 V60’s optional Park Assist Pilot 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 Volvo 60 Series outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by 59% during the 2019 model year.

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