A SUV battle between the 2021 BMW X3 vs. the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio


Comparing the 2021 BMW X3 (left) to the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (right)

For discerning drivers looking for the ultimate in SUV driving, you'd best take a closer look at two of the top contenders in this category - the sleekly Italian-inspired 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. the 2021 BMW X3.

Both of these high-end, luxury performance SUVs are high powered, well-appointed SUV vehicles that have been tried and tested on the roads in and around Montreal, the West Island and Dollard-des-Ormeaux (DDO).

In this article, your local Alfa Romeo dealer, Des Sources Alfa Romeo compare them both.

three quarter front view of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio driven on a road

2021 BMW X3 vs. the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: power and performance

The first criteria you likely want to take into consideration if you are trying to decide between an Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs a BMW X3 is engine power.

With a nod to Italy's illustrious racing past, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a powerful SUV and has earned the accolade of Best-in-Class in the category of 0-100 km/h time and horsepower.

Engineered by the team that has given Italy its high reputation on the racetrack, the powerful engine in the Alfa Romeo gives drivers 280 horsepower, 306 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 231 km/h and a mind blowing 5.6 second time to reach 100 km from 0. Truly, this luxury SUV is built for speed and performance.

On the other hand, with the 2021 BMW X3, drivers can choose between a gasoline-powered or electric engine, delivering an output of 248 hp and higher depending on the engine you opt for.

three quarter front view of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio parked in front of a house

On the Exterior

If you are comparing the Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. the BMW X3, one other important area to check out is the exterior of both these SUVs.

The Alfa Romeo, with its sculpted body lines that show off the brand's long heritage, and the availability of bright racing colours such as red and hunter green all set off by Alfa Romeo's signature badging - a nod to this historical brand - is different than any other SUV on the road. From the eye-catching V Scudetto grille, which has graced this brand of vehicles for over 100 years, to the rear sport diffuser and shadow lines, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio turns heads wherever it goes.

The BMW X3 features a strong exterior look, such as the kidney-shaped distinctive double front grille, LED headlamps, and various exterior packages that can be added to your base model to make this SUV more distinctive and personal.

three quarter view of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio driven on a road

Pricing and packages

With the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio starting at a price of $53,000 for the Sprint model and leading up to the Quadrifoglio model at $97, 845 with other models in between, this SUV has an affordable starting price. If pricing is a factor in your choice when looking at the Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs the BMW X3, then the BMW has a starting price of $52,550, which does increase as you add the various trim model packages.

inside view of the living space in the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Before you start shopping for a luxury SUV, its best to understand that base pricing can change when you add the different trims and packages available on either of these models, so it makes sense to understand first what you are getting in the base model, and what you will need to add in terms of packages to get the vehicle that you want.

If you're looking for a luxury SUV and are thinking of choosing between the 2021 BMW X3 vs. the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you should visit our dealership and speak to an experienced salesperson before making your final choice.

At Des Sources Alfa Romeo in DDO, your local Alfa Romeo dealer, our friendly and experienced Alfa Romeo Canada team can outline the features of the Alfa Romeo SUV vs all other comparable luxury SUV brands on the market. If you are a driver looking for something distinctly different, and you want to experience the true Italian luxury - as well as the well-known engine purr of the Alfa Romeo brand - then you owe it to yourself to take one for a test drive.

view of the step light of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio