Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Alfa Romeo Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Alfa Romeo

Safety Comparison

The Tiguan has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) offers optional Maneuver Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Stelvio doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Tiguan SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Tiguan and the Stelvio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Stelvio’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Stelvio’s (10 vs. 4 years).

There are over 4 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tiguan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Stelvio’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:




Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stelvio’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Tiguan’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Stelvio can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 3.6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and 4.6 inches more rear legroom than the Stelvio.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tiguan’s middle row seats recline. The Stelvio’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Stelvio.




Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

18.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

The Tiguan’s cargo area is larger than the Stelvio’s in every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Stelvio.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Stelvio’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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