2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs The Competition

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Luxury Comparison
When it comes to compact luxury crossover SUVs, shoppers now have more choices than ever before. These impressive vehicles offer all the style and sophistication of a sedan blended with the go-anywhere capability and performance of an SUV. If you’ve been considering a compact luxury SUV, it’s only logical that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has caught your eye. Alfa Romeo Louisville wants to help make your research process easier with our in-depth comparison guide. We’ll take a closer look at exactly how the Stelvio matches up against its biggest rivals including the Lexus RX 350, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, the Porsche Macan, and others.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Lexus RX 350

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Lexus RX 3502022 Lexus RX 350 Base FWD
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $47,795
22 / 28 / 24 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 $645 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

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS BMW X32022 BMW X3 xDrive30i
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $45,700
280 HP / 306 lb ft Horsepower / Torque 248 HP / 258 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. The BMW X3 has been thoroughly refreshed for the new model year, but it’s still missing several standard features compared to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. In fact, simply ordering leather seating surfaces – standard on the Stelvio, but a $1,450 option on the BMW – completely eliminates the BMW’s price advantage, and still leaves you missing out on several other options. Optioning a BMW X3 out with the same equipment as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will quickly result in a price advantage in favor of the Alfa Romeo. 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

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Base 4MATIC2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Base 4MATIC
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $45,850
280 Horsepower 255
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 LED
Standard LED Brake Lights Standard
40.2 inches Front Head Room 39.6 inches
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. Right off the bat, it’s clear that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is both roomier, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient than its competition.

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. Mercedes-Benz buyers will have to make do with standard LED headlights.

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 audio speakers for an improved listening experience along with standard rear audio controls to give rear passengers control of their favorite tunes. Finally, you’ll also receive more headroom up front, for a more comfortable driving experience overall.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Porsche Macan

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Porsche Macan2022 Porsche Macan Base AWD
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $54,900
22 / 28 / 24 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 19 / 23 / 21
280 HP / 306 lb ft Horsepower / Torque 261 HP / 295 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

Up next, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio goes up against the Porsche Macan. Choosing the Stelvio means you’ll save $7,750 over the Porsche SUV. 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.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Volvo XC60

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Volvo XC602022 Volvo XC60 Momentum AWD
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $44,950
22 / 28 / 24 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 22 / 28 / 24
280 HP Horsepower / Torque 247 HP
306 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
Standard Parking Sensors Standard
18.5 cubic feet Cargo Space (behind second row) 17.8 cubic feet
18×8” Wheel Size 18×7.5”
Standard Rear Audio Controls Not Available

Our next competitor is the Volvo XC60. While many think of Volvo vehicles as “the practical choice,” that’s simply not the case when you compare it to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

While the Volvo is less expensive, the Stelvio offers many features you can’t buy on the XC60 at any price. The Stelvio has a more cavernous cargo area behind the seats, as well as discrete audio controls for rear seat passengers. This allows all of the occupants in your Alfa Romeo to fine-tune their listening experience, making for a more comfortable ride.

Of course, being able to bring more stuff along is nice, but what’s even nicer is traveling further between fill-ups. Despite being a more performance-oriented SUV, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio bests the Volvo on city, highway, and combined fuel economy.

Let’s take a moment to discuss performance. Even though it’s more fuel-efficient, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers substantially more horsepower and torque than the Volvo. It also offers wider wheels and tires for a sure-footed grip on the road, which helps with roadholing for both performance and safety.

Put simply, the Volvo XC60 is no competition for the Stelvio. Despite its handsome, sporty exterior and engaging driving experience, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the more practical choice as well when compared to the Volvo XC60.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Infiniti QX50

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Infiniti QX502022 Infiniti QX50 Pure AWD
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $41,000
280 Horsepower 268
306 lb-ft Torque 280 lb-ft
22 / 29 / 25 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 22 / 28 / 25
116.1 cubic feet Total Passenger Volume 102.2 cubic feet
38.9 inches Rear Seat Headroom 38.4 inches
8 Number of Speakers 6
16.9 gallons Fuel Tank Capacity 16 gallons

The Infiniti QX50 is a small, sporty SUV like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. However, there’s more to performance than just looking good.

The Infiniti QX50 simply cannot match the horsepower and torque of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Although the Stelvio boasts superior performance, it can also boast superior fuel economy as well. That’s a great combination any way you look at it.

In addition to better fuel efficiency, the Stelvio can also boast a longer range. The fuel tank of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is nearly a full gallon larger than the one found in the Infiniti. When you hit the road in the Stelvio, you can spend less time filling up and more time enjoying the ride.

Your passengers will certainly enjoy the larger interior volume of the Stelvio, especially rear seat passengers. There’s more headroom in the backseat for Stelvio passengers than you’ll find in the Infiniti.

Your passengers will also enjoy the right thanks to a better standard stereo in the Alfa Romeo. With 8 speakers instead of 6, your music will sound much better to everyone in the car, assuming you can all agree on something. Remember, the Stelvio offers rear audio controls as standard – a very rare feature in this class of vehicle.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Audi Q5 Sportback

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Audi Q5 Sportback2022 Audi Q5 Sportback Premium 45 TFSI quattro
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $45,800
280 Horsepower 261
306 lb-ft Torque 273 lb-ft
8 Transmission Speeds 7
22 / 29 / 25 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 23 / 28 / 25
40.2 inches Front Seat Headroom 38 inches
38.9 inches Rear Seat Headroom 37.5 inches
56.5 cubic feet Cargo Space (behind first row) 53.1 cubic feet

As we’ve stated before on this list, there’s a big difference between looking fast and being fast. This comparison between the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Audi Q5 Sportback drives that point home even further.

The Alfa Romeo earns its premium price tag by outperforming the Audi with a more powerful engine and a better transmission. Both vehicles are fairly matched when it comes to fuel economy.

When it comes to interior volume, though, the Audi falls short – literally. The Alfa Romeo boasts better headroom front and rear, and with the rear seats folded down, there’s more cargo space available in the Alfa Romeo as well.

While the Audi does look sporty with its racy roofline, it simply cannot perform at the same level as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio on a day-to-day basis. The Stelvio offers a more engaging driving experience – and it’s more practical to boot.

We will acknowledge that the styling of the Audi is fairly handsome, but it’s very understated and commonplace. You certainly won’t see yourself coming and going in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It’s a special kind of vehicle for a special kind of driver. It just so happens that it’s also the best at what it does.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Jaguar F-PACE

Alfa Romeo Stelvio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD VS Jaguar F-PACE2022 Jaguar F-PACE S P250 AWD
$47,150 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $54,000
280 Horsepower 247
306 lb-ft Torque 269 lb-ft
144 MPH Top Speed 135 MPH
22 / 29 / 25 MPG (city/hwy/combined) 22 / 27 / 22
40.2 inches Front Seat Headroom 37.8 inches
38.9 inches Rear Seat Headroom 37.5 inches
38.9 inches Rear Seat Headroom 37.5 inches
38.7 feet Turning Radius 39.1 feet

We’re nearing the end of our list. Let’s do a comparison between two very impressive high-performance luxury SUVs. This is where the fun begins – especially for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which proves superior yet again.

The Stelvio costs a whopping $6,850 less than the Jaguar F-PACE, despite having more horsepower and torque, as well as a higher top speed. Although you will likely never see such speeds in your Stelvio, it’s good to have high-performance braggings rights like this. After all, we are talking high-performance luxury SUVs, here.

It’s worth noting that, yet again, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio proves to be more fuel-efficient than its competitor despite offering substantially better performance. Now those are the kind of bragging rights you can appreciate on a regular basis.

In addition, the Stelvio is more maneuverable than the Jaguar F-PACE, with a tighter turning radius that will make backroad jaunts that much more fun. The Stelvio will tackle those tight corners better than the Jaguar can.

In addition, passengers in the Stelvio will have more room to remain comfortable. The Jaguar can’t beat the Alfa Romeo when it comes to front and rear seat headroom.

As impressive as the F-PACE is, you’re paying an awful lot of money for a high performance SUV that just doesn’t measure up to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Maserati Levante

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD VS Maserati Levante2022 Maserati Levante Modena
$84,650 Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $92,200
505 Horsepower 424
443 lb-ft Torque 428 lb-ft
176 MPH Top Speed 164 MPH
3.6 seconds 0-60 Time 5.0 seconds
56.5 cubic feet Cargo Space (behind first row) 57.4 cubic feet
Harman Kardon Premium Audio System Harman Kardon
21-inches Wheel Size 20-inches

We’re closing out this list of comparisons with something a little fun. Maserati and Alfa Romeo have been crosstown rivals for decades. Both carry the torch of bespoke Italian luxury sports cars, and now, they both offer a high-performance SUV.

Here, we compare models that exist in a similar price bracket. While more powerful Maserati Levante models exist, they cost many tens of thousands of dollars more than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. In fact, the Maserati Levante Modena still costs $7,550 more than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio despite being clearly outclassed in terms of raw performance.

Both offer similar creature comforts and a similar size. However, the performance of the Maserati Levante GranSport simply cannot compare to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The Alfa Romeo boasts 81 more horsepower, 15 more lb-ft of torque, a 12 MPH higher top speed, and a 0-60 time over a full second quicker.

Once again, we have to ask what’s more important: looking fast, or being fast? Luckily, with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you never have to choose – you get both.

The same can’t be said for the Maserati Levante. As attractive as it is, you have to spend deep into the six-figure range to get something that can compete with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The correct choice is obvious – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a winner any way you slice it.


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 BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, and Maserati 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.