2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Lexus RX vs BMW X3 vs Porsche Macan
It’s no secret that shoppers searching for a compact luxury SUV now have more options than ever before. More drivers are turning to these types of vehicles for their unique ability to combine the versatility of an SUV with the poise and handling of a sports sedan. As you’ve researched models in this competitive segment, it’s only natural that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has caught your attention. Joe Rizza Alfa Romeo is here to help simplify your decision with this informative comparison guide. We’ll investigate how the dynamic Stelvio measures up to its top competitors including the Lexus RX, BMW X3, and the Porsche Macan. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why more and more drivers are choosing Alfa Romeo.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Lexus RX 350
|2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD||VS||2021 Lexus RX 350 Base AWD|
|$45,010 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$46,620|
|22 / 28 / 24 ✔||MPG (city/hwy/combined)||19 / 26 / 22|
|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|
The first competitor to face off against the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is one of its biggest rivals in the luxury crossover segment – the Lexus RX 350. Comparing the prices of base models equipped with all-wheel drive, the Stelvio Sprint represents a $1,610 price advantage over the RX 350. When it comes to performance, the Stelvio also has the edge with superior torque. Even with superior low-end response, the Stelvio continues to top the Lexus RX 350 across all three MPG categories. Driving a Stelvio allows you to experience the best of both worlds with exceptional efficiency and potent performance.
Drivers will also receive a greater amount of standard comfort and convenience amenities when they choose the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. As an example, its standard remote start system ensures that you’ll always enter a vehicle with an interior temperature that’s pre-set to your liking. You can easily maneuver in or out of a tight spot with standard rear parking sensors. Each of these great features will force you to shell out additional cash on the Lexus RX.
Looking next at interior comfort features, the Stelvio includes 4-way lumbar adjustments for both the driver and front passenger. Other advantages for the Stelvio include rear seat audio controls, front seat memory functions, and genuine leather upholstery. Regardless of the category, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio outperforms the Lexus RX.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs BMW X3
|2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint RWD||VS||2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i|
|$43,010||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$43,000|
|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|
Our next rival to go up against the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the BMW X3. The Stelvio costs $10 more than the BMW – yes, you read that correctly. By comparing the standard features of both vehicles, it’s clear that you’re getting quite a lot more for that $10. Those searching for an additional dose of adrenaline on their daily drive should opt for the Stelvio since it delivers greater horsepower and torque compared to the X3. You’ll experience the thrills that come from its potent turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired to a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Stelvio also offers drivers a collection of useful convenience features to make your daily commute more pleasant. For easy entry, the Stelvio can be locked our unlocked with a simple touch of the door handle. The proximity key of the BMW X3 only gives you the ability to start the engine. Great for chilly winter mornings, the Stelvio comes standard with a remote start system. BMW requires you to pay extra for the same feature.
A standard overhead storage console provides the ideal space to keep your valuables stored securely out of sight inside the Stelvio. Rear seat audio controls also offer back seat passengers the flexibility to choose their favorite music. Both options are not available on any trim level of the BMW X3.
When it comes to refinement, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers genuine leather seat upholstery as standard compared to the synthetic leatherette inside the BMW 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 simply cannot compete with the Stelvio in these categories.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Porsche Macan
|2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD||VS||2021 Porsche Macan Base AWD|
|$45,010 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$52,100|
|22 / 28 / 24 ✔||MPG (city/hwy/combined)||19 / 23 / 21|
|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|
Our final competitor to square off against the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Porsche Macan. Driving a Stelvio means you’ll save an astounding $7,090 over the equivalent Macan. Think that you’ll get more luxury, performance, or standard features on the Porsche? Think again.
The Stelvio not only boasts 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 paying a lower price. The superior stopping power of its Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes adds confidence when you need them most. A more-advanced 8-speed automatic transmission also contributes to the outstanding power delivery and efficiency of the Stelvio.
Other standard convenience features found on the Stelvio include a remote start system and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. Shifting our attention towards the interiors of both SUVs, the Alfa Romeo offers 2.5 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity. Additionally, 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 obvious 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 impressive Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Even its biggest competition from Lexus, BMW, and Porsche cannot compete with the outstanding value, advanced technology, potent performance, and exceptional efficiency found on the Stelvio. Joe Rizza Alfa Romeo 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.