2021 Volvo V90 vs. 2020 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 V90 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 V90’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 V90 and Stelvio have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 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 Volvo V90 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Alfa Romeo doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Stelvio. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests 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 V90 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.

The V90 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 V90 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The V90’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Stelvio’s (12 vs. 4 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 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 V90’s warranty.

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The V90 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 36 more horsepower (316 vs. 280) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V90 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Stelvio RWD (22 city/33 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the V90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The V90 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 V90 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (3). This means the V90 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 V90 T6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

V90 T6

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.5 inches

The V90 stops much shorter than the Stelvio:

V90

Stelvio

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the Stelvio (255/40R19 vs. 235/60R18).

The V90’s standard 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 standard 60 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Stelvio.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Stelvio (115.8 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 G’s, while the Stelvio AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Stelvio Ti AWD (26.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The V90 is 7.9 inches shorter in height than the Stelvio, making the V90 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The V90 has 5.6 inches more front legroom and 4 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

Cargo Capacity

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The V90 has a much larger cargo volume than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (25.5 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V90 easier. The V90’s trunk lift-over height is 24 inches, while the Stelvio’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

The V90’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in every dimension:

V90

Stelvio

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

45.4”/78.3”

39.4”/72.5”

Min Width

43.3”

36.7”

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is limited to 3000 pounds. The V90 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Stelvio, the V90 Inscription has a 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 V90 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 V90 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. 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.

When the V90 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.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the V90 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 V90 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Stelvio.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo V90 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Stelvio.

The V90’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 V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Stelvio has never been an “All Star.”

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