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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country 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 Cross Country’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 Cross Country and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country 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 Cross Country 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 Cross Country 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.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the Stelvio.
The V60 Cross Country 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.
Both the V60 Cross Country 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country 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 79 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the V60 Cross Country’s warranty.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 5 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.
On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio AWD (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 Cross Country higher (5 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the V60 Cross Country produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stelvio every 15,000 miles.
The V60 Cross Country’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.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Stelvio (113.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 1.4 inches wider in the front than on the Stelvio.
For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.5 feet).
For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Stelvio (8.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The V60 Cross Country has 5.7 inches more front legroom and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.
The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).
The V60 Cross Country’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in almost every dimension:
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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Stelvio, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The V60 Cross Country 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 Cross Country 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.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Stelvio doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
When the V60 Cross Country 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 Cross Country 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 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Stelvio.
The V60 Cross Country’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.
Insurance will cost less for the V60 Cross Country owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V60 Cross Country will cost $1010 to $2170 less than the Stelvio over a five-year period.
The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by over two to one during 2019.
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