2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Lexus RX vs BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Porsche Macan
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Lexus RX 350
|2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Base AWD||VS||2019 Lexus RX 350 Base FWD|
|$40,195 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$43,570|
|22 / 29 / 25 ✔||MPG (city/hwy/combined)||20 / 27 / 23|
|306 lb ft ✔||Torque||267 lb ft|
|Standard ✔||Remote Start System||Optional|
|Standard, Rear ✔||Parking Sensors||Optional|
|Standard ✔||Rear Seat Audio Controls||Not Available|
|Leather ✔||Seat Material||Leatherette|
|Driver & Passenger ✔||Memory Seats||Optional|
|4-Way, Driver & Passenger ✔||Lumbar Adjustment||2-Way, Driver & Passenger|
Our first matchup puts the Alfa Romeo Stelvio up against one of the most popular vehicles in the crossover luxury SUV segment — the Lexus RX 350. Looking at base model pricing, the Stelvio has the edge with a $3,375 price advantage over the RX 350. In terms of performance, the Stelvio continues to shine with greater torque than the RX 350 for superior low-end response. Even with this advantage in performance, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio still manages to outperform the Lexus RX 350 across all three measurements of fuel economy. Choosing the Stelvio means you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds with outstanding efficiency and potent power delivery.
You’ll also enjoy a higher level of standard equipment including comfort and convenience features when you drive a Stelvio. For example, its standard remote start system lets you avoid getting into a vehicle which is too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. Standard rear parking sensors give you added confidence when reversing in or out of a tight parking space. Both of these helpful features will cost you extra on the Lexus RX 350.
Comparing interior comfort features, only the Stelvio offers 4-way lumbar adjustability for both the driver and passenger. You’ll also receive seat memory, rear seat audio controls, and genuine leather seating surfaces instead of the synthetic leatherette found on the RX 350. No matter which way you look at it, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio proves to be the better choice.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs BMW X3
|2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Base RWD||VS||2019 BMW X3 sDrive Base|
|$40,195 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$41,000|
|280 HP / 306 lb ft ✔||Horsepower / Torque||248 HP / 250 lb ft|
|Keyless Go Doors & Push Button Start ✔||Proximity Key||Push Button Start Only|
|Standard ✔||Remote Start||Optional|
|Standard ✔||Overhead Storage Console||Not Available|
|4-Way, Driver & Passenger ✔||Lumbar Adjustability||Optional|
|Driver & Passenger ✔||Memory Seats||Driver Only|
|Leather ✔||Seat Material||Leatherette|
|Standard ✔||Rear Audio Controls||Not Available|
Next up to challenge the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the BMW X3. While each are priced similarly, the Stelvio still enjoys an $805 price advantage when comparing base trim levels. Drivers craving an extra boost of adrenaline on their commutes will be impressed by the Stelvio, offering greater horsepower and torque than the X3. Its potent turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission combine to produce a thrilling ride.
Stelvio drivers will have more access to a variety of helpful convenience options which help improve every drive. For example, a simple touch of the door handle allows you to lock or unlock the doors of the Stelvio for quick entry. The proximity key of the BMW X3 only allows you to start the engine. Similarly, the Stelvio comes standard with a remote start system which comes in handy on chilly winter mornings. You’ll have to pay extra to receive similar equipment on the BMW X3.
A standard overhead storage console provides the perfect place to keep your valuables stored securely out of sight inside the Stelvio. Rear seat audio controls also offer back seat passengers freedom to choose their favorite songs. Both options are not available at all on the BMW X3.
In terms of comfort, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes standard with genuine leather seating surfaces as compared to the leatherette found inside the X3. 4-way lumbar adjustability and seat memory are included as standard for both the driver and front passenger on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The BMW X3 cannot match the Stelvio in these areas.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
|2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Base RWD||VS||2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Base RWD|
|$40,195 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$40,700|
|306 lb ft ✔||Torque||273 lb ft|
|22 / 29 / 25 ✔||MPG (city/hwy/combined)||22 / 28 / 24|
|Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) ✔||Headlamp Type||Halogen|
|Standard ✔||LED Brake Lights||Optional|
|ParkSense Rear ✔||Parking Sensors||Optional|
|Standard ✔||Rear Audio Controls||Not Available|
|8 ✔||Number of Speakers||6|
The third competitor to challenge the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV. Like we’ve pointed out before, the Stelvio has the lower starting MSRP when comparing base trims of both SUVs.
Once again, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio delivers more horsepower and torque than the GLC 300 for a more rewarding driving experience. Its significant performance advantage also doesn’t make any sacrifices when it comes to fuel economy. While the Mercedes-Benz matches its city MPG rating, the Stelvio outperforms it in both highway and combined ratings. Choosing Alfa Romeo means that you will spend less time filling up at the pump.
When it comes to lighting, superior visibility not only provides a stylish accent to your vehicle — it can also make a tremendous difference in your safety when driving in harsh weather conditions. The Stelvio comes standard with bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and LED brake lights. To get similar technology on the GLC 300, Mercedes-Benz shoppers will have to reach deeper into their wallets.
Standard ParkSense rear parking sensors also help take the guesswork out of squeezing the Stelvio into a tight space. Selecting the Alfa Romeo also means receiving a greater number of speakers for an improved listening experience along with standard rear audio controls to give rear passengers control of their favorite tunes.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Porsche Macan
|2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Base AWD||VS||2018 Porsche Macan Base AWD|
|$42,195 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$47,800|
|22 / 28 / 24 ✔||MPG (city/hwy/combined)||20 / 25 / 22|
|280 HP / 306 lb ft ✔||Horsepower / Torque||252 HP / 273 lb ft|
|Brembo 4-Wheel Disc ✔||Brakes||4-Wheel Disc|
|8 ✔||Transmission Speeds||7|
|Standard ✔||Remote Start||Not Available|
|Standard ✔||Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror||Optional|
|Power 4-Way, Driver & Passenger ✔||Lumbar Support||Optional|
|Driver ✔||Seat Memory||Optional|
|56.5 cubic feet ✔||Maximum Cargo Capacity||53 cubic feet|
Last but certainly not least, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio goes up against the Porsche Macan. Choosing the Stelvio means you’ll save $5,605 over the Macan. You’d think paying such a high premium for the Porsche crest would get you more performance, equipment, and comfort features. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
The Stelvio not only delivers superior fuel efficiency across all three categories of MPG, it’s also more powerful than the Porsche Macan. Stelvio drivers will enjoy the best of both worlds, all while doing so at a lower price. The superior stopping power of its Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes provides confidence when you need them most. A more-sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission also contributes to the superlative power delivery and efficiency of the Stelvio.
Included as standard on the Stelvio are an auto-dimming rear view mirror and remote start system, both of which add convenience. Turning our focus towards the interiors of both SUVs, the Alfa Romeo offers 2.5 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity. Furthermore, you’ll also receive seat memory for the driver’s seat along with power 4-way lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. If comfort is a priority, the clear choice is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
Winner — Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Now that you’ve seen the results, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the striking Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Even its biggest rivals from Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche can’t match the outstanding value, advanced technology, potent performance, and impressive efficiency found on the Stelvio. Alfa Romeo Louisville invites you to come experience all that the Stelvio has to offer.
*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. Stelvio starting at price refers to the base model with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.