2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. BMW X3 xDrive30i

With drop-dead gorgeous design and best-in-class standard 0-100 km/h time and horsepower, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a standout in the luxury SUV segment. Truly balanced in terms of performance and utility, the 2021 Stelvio is expertly crafted for life in Ontario, however, it does face some stiff competition. Impressive in its own right is the 2021 BMW X3, however, only one luxury SUV can be at the top. Luckily we’ve done the work for you, at Alfa Romeo of Oakville our experts have broken down the features of the 2021 Stelvio and the 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i to prove which vehicle is superior.

Fuel Economy

In terms of fuel economy, the Stelvio and X3 are in a deadlock with near-parallel numbers across the board. Receive 10.2 / 8.2 / 9.3 L (city/hwy/combined) with the 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i, while the 2021 Stelvio TI provides 10.8 / 8.3 / 9.6 L (city/hwy/combined).


Fuel Economy Specifications

Vehicle City Highway Combined
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI 10.8L /100km 8.3L/100km 9.6L/100km
2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 10.2L/100km 8.2L /100km 9.3L/100km


Precision and playfulness are at the forefront of the Stelvio when it comes to performance. This is also the category where we truly start to see these vehicles stray from each other. With 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, the 2021 Stelvio races ahead in this category. Beyond the numbers, the Stelvio is also engineered to provide a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution, helping push its traction, grip, and control to a level beyond the X3.

Performance Specifications

Vehicle Engine Torque Horsepower 0-100 km/h Transmission
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI 2.0L Turbocharged I4 306lb-ft 280 5.6 seconds 8-speed automatic
2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0L Turbocharged I4 258lb-ft 248 6.3 seconds 8-speed automatic

Technology & Safety

Inside both SUVs, you’ll find gorgeous features and innovative safety and tech. In terms of infotainment, the X3 has a more controversial touchscreen design, with the screen protruding out of the top of the centre console, while the Stelvio keeps its screen cradled into the dash. Though the competition for standard safety features and driving assists is tight, the Stelvio pulls ahead again thanks to its further integration of semi-autonomous driving.

Vehicle Forward Collision Warning Package ParkSense Rear Parking Sensors Active Blind Spot Assist Adaptive Cruise Control Infotainment Audio
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Standard Standard Standard Standard 8.8” touchscreen 8-speaker
2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i Standard Standard Standard Available 10.25” touchscreen 12-speaker


Though the German offering of the 2021 BMW X3 is tempting, the superiority of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in terms of performance and technology cannot be denied. Not to mention the Stelvio by far the most unique and handsome styling out of any luxury SUV in its segment. For an exhilarating experience on the road, the 2021 Stelvio is the clear choice in this competition.

To explore the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in greater depth, the professionals here at Alfa Romeo of Oakville welcome you. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the Stelvio online or wish to stop by our state-of-the-art dealership for a phenomenal automotive experience, we’re here to help you. For a comprehensive inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles, parts, service and so much more, contact us today to book your appointment.