2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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Both the X2 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stelvio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X2’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW 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 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X2’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 X2’s reliability 28 points higher than the Stelvio.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Stelvio isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 12 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Engine

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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 21 more horsepower (301 vs. 280) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 306) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the X2 M35i is faster than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio:

X2

Stelvio

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.9 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.3 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio:

X2

Stelvio

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Stelvio doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2 M35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

X2 M35i

Stelvio

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.5 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

X2

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s standard 60 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Stelvio doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Stelvio AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The X2 is 1 foot shorter than the Stelvio, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Stelvio AWD:

X2

Stelvio

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

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The X2 has 3.7 inches more front legroom and 4.8 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The Stelvio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X2 has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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The X2 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. 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.

When the X2 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.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant 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 X2 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X2 will cost $660 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.

The X2 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X2 will retain 46.55% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the Stelvio only retains 41.71% to 42.82%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X2 will be $6222 to $6617 less than for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn't recommended.

The BMW X2 outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by 20% during 2019.

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