2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2021 Cadillac XT5: Extreme Inspiration, Passionate Result


The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is named after the famed Stelvio Pass in Italy, a place where the best vehicles measure their ability to handle and endure challenging road conditions. Now a segment-leading mid-size SUV, the Stelvio is the result of generations of racing expertise, Italian style, and craftsmanship in all areas of the building process.

Today, we compare it to the Cadillac XT5, another SUV with great aspirations.

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio makes a pass

The Stelvio offers two powertrains that take the lead in many categories. The first is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder included as standard in the Stelvio Sprint, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Ti Sport. This engine generates 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Not only does it offer raw power, but it creates driving exhilaration with its accelerations.

The Cadillac XT5's primary powertrain is also a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. However, it reduces output to 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, falling behind the Stelvio's comparable engine. Alfa Romeo's expertise in motorsports offers a performance advantage.

Both competitors feature an additional powertrain for their top-performing models. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio enters the scene with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that produces a road-gripping 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The XT5 answers with a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 that settles in at 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. It doesn't get close to the capability of Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

The Stelvio adds many other features that differentiate its interpretation of performance. A carbon fibre driveshaft reduces weight and increases the Stelvio's horsepower-to-weight ratio. The Stelvio also engineers each model to have optimal steering feel, providing a better feel and feedback from the road.

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has an eye for automotive fashion

It doesn't take long to figure out that the Stelvio has a unique design language that leaves no doubt that it's an Alfa Romeo. The unique grill and expressive front fascia are purely Italian-designed, while the curves and profile are a reminder of its track inspiration. Depending on the variant chosen, you can pick one of the three available appearance packages that will give your Stelvio an even more unique look.

The XT5 has more of a predictable style with a boxy front end that gives it a run-of-the-mill appearance.

You are welcome to explore the Stelvio for yourself by visiting alfaromeo.ca and learn about how it's different from the competition. Contact or visit our dealership today for more information.

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