Spring 2018 Feature + Performance Faceoff: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Vs. Jaguar F-Pace

As sales of SUV's begin to rise, the options have risen higher in numbers as well. For many years, luxury consumers have enjoyed the very traditional German staples available from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, but entries from yours truly and Jaguar have joined the ranks of availability. As both the Alfa and the Jaguar spar off for market share and additional exposure, David Miller from Canada's The Globe and Mail website wrote about how he felt they measure up.

He immediately gave the Stelvio praise for “bringing flair and extreme curvature” to a compact segment that tends to get caught up with similar silhouettes. We wholeheartedly agree with his sentiment that the Stelvio continues the styling tone set by its Giulia sedan, but with a bit more heightened stature. In the front, the trilobo grille and scudetto coat of arms provides a very clean, edgy, and excitable vibe. The Stelvio has more of a hatchback shape, but the addition of stretched taillights and a dual exhaust provides a bit more audible gusto, right where it's most appreciated by longtime fans.

While David thought that the interior layout took a bit of time to get used to, but once he did, he deemed the ride incredibly comfortable, and very spacious for passengers in the front row. With the Ti trim, the seats are even more spacious. Real wood accouterments also complement the luxurious feel inside of the very apt and agile Stelvio. The power source for the Stelvio is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 280 horsepower, and 306 lb-ft of torque, paired up to a trusty ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. Dynamic mode is a fitting one with which to power down the accelerator, where the vehicle really roars to life with a throttly noise, and nimble spirit. Natural and Advanced Efficiency are the two other distinct driving modes: David's observation was that the braking is a bit less tight and instant, the greener the drive mode you select.

The verdict for the most part here was the the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio provides consumers with a break from tradition. Attractive styling and first-rate steering were some of the finest points, and customers have been swarming us all year in anticipation to snag a Stelvio for themselves. So, how does the Stelvio really hold up against the Jaguar F-pace? Much like the Stelvio, the F-pace is Jaguar's first attempt at the SUV niche. From the side and back, this review states that its a bit hard to tell the difference between the two, but the F-Pace does have a bit more of a curve immediately present in the back. At first glance, David thought that the inner feel was a bit dull, and that our Stelvio gleaned the upper hand when the curtain really fell as far as the test drive. Still, he admired the sunroof included with the F-Pace, and the way that provided extra pleasure for better-weather drives.

If getting through inclement weather such as snow is one of the qualities that are on your must list, the F-Pace is admittedly great at it. One quality that we really stand behind is the infotainment and navigation: what you get in the F-Pace seems just a bit slightly outdated, and the heated-seat buttons take a two-step process that gets a bit redundant. The touch-screen setup looks fine from the get-go, but ultimately falls short when the driver is distracted due to small scrolling touch buttons as well. We admit that the F-Pace also has more cargo space with all seats up, and that this is one of the reasons why people buy SUV's in the first place. Overall, fuel economy could be improved a bit, and there are some technological quirks that some may simply not fully appreciate. We invite you to visit us at Jim Butler Alfa Romeo soon, and check out just how fitting an addition to your family lineup the Stelvio will be: Luxury essence when lugging the family around is a trait that will never go out of style!


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