SUVs are one of the most popular car segments of this day and age. From the luxurious G-wagon and the supercar-alike Lamborghini Urus to the more affordable Toyota RAV4, SUVs have provided what people desired to have in a car.
Volvo’s reputation as the manufacturer of some of the safest cars in the world goes without saying. The XC60 is a prime example of Volvo’s high standard in the shape of a compact SUV.
On the other hand, Alfa Romeo had a different approach to building the Stelvio QF. Alfa Romeo’s compact SUV is all about providing you with an engaging and robust driving experience.
The XC60 and the Stelvio have a similar audience, and EPA classifies both as Small SUVs. Without further ado, let’s see how these two European SUVs stack up against one another.
How The Volvo XC60 Stacks Up Against The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio In Terms Of Performance
The Volvo XC60 has three different engine options; B5, B6, and T8, all of which are coupled with an eight-speed automated transmission and all-wheel drive. The B5 model has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant accompanied by a 48-volt hybrid setup and is capable of producing 247 HP.
The B6 variant also sports the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; however, it features a supercharger that gives it a bit more power and helps it churn out a mightier 295 HP. The Recharge models feature the plug-in hybrid T8 engine, which uses the same engine as the B6 with the addition of a set of electric motors to create 455 HP.
The XC60 might not be as vigorous as some other competitors like the Porsche Macan, but it provides excellent handling that can take on any road. It has a smooth driving experience almost everywhere, except for bumpier roads that can be a little harder to maintain calmness.
On the other side of the battlefield, the Stelvio QF carries around a mesmerizing twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine putting out 505 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque. It mates with a paddle-shifted eight-speed automated transmission system that conveys power to all four wheels.
The Stelvio QF is one of the fastest SUVs out there, with a 3.3 seconds 0-60 MPH. Aside from its delicate body design, the elegance in which it carries itself around is an essence of true art and craftsmanship.
You can adjust the stiffness of your ride thanks to a set of standard adaptive dampers. It is only on certain rough roads that you’ll feel the plummeting of the ride quality. The Stelvio QF offers stunning cornerings and makes the driver’s job easier with expressive steering responses.
Interior Design: The Italian Charm Of Alfa Romeo Vs Volvo’s Supreme Design
Aside from some minor flaws, Alfa Romeo has upped the interior game for the Stelvio QF compared to the regular Stelvio. The leather-covered surfaces have been upgraded and are more well-built, and Alfa Romeo has ensured that the driver feels entirely in charge of the ride. Supportive front seats, almost ideal driving position, and gigantic column-installed paddle shifters help Stelvio QF achieve that goal.
There are plenty of great features standard on the Stelvio QF, such as ambient lighting, warmed-up steering wheel, 14-way power-modifiable front seats, and also front-seat pillows. The headroom and interior space could’ve been better executed, as cozy as the back seats are. With that being said, you can fit eight carry-on cases behind the back row and nineteen with the seats folded.
The XC60’s interior is filled with stylish fabrics that embody the feel of the high-end Volvos. The Swedish company makes comfort intertwined with elegance. There is plenty of space in both rows for grown individuals. The XC60 has a midrange luggage space, and it can fit twenty carry-on cases with the rear seats folded.
Safety & Reliability: Almost No Brand Can Keep Up To Volvo’s Reputation
Both cars have a series of safety and driver-assistance features standard on them. You can find adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go system and automated high-beam headlights on the Stelvio QF. The XC60 features an automatic braking system with pedestrian detection sensors, plus adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving configuration. Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard on both of them.
The Volvo XC60, as expected from the Swedish brand, has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are no ratings at hand for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio yet, but we wouldn't expect its ratings to surpass the XC60.
At the end of the day, the Volvo XC60 can be a more reliable SUV to pick, whereas the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio might win the fun-to-drive competiton.