5 Reasons to buy the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti AWD over the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 AWD Premium

Hello, and welcome to Alfa Romeo of Windsor Ontario, your exclusive Ontario area AlfaRomeo Canada Dealer.  Given all of the buzz around the resurgence of the Alfa Romeo brand and the amazing new vehicles in the line up, we thought that it would be a great idea to see exactly how they stack up against the more established competition. In this case we are comparing the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti AWD with the venerable Mercedes Benz GLC 300 AWD Premium. You may (or may not!) be shocked to learn that the Stelvio Ti puts the GLC 300 squarely in its place across a whole host of metrics. Keep on reading to see exactly how the Alfa comes out on top!

  

Performance

Just like Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz have a rich and storied history in motor sports. Yet despite the similarities in background between the brands, there is a huge gulf in performance between the two, and the results are definitely skewed in Alfa Romeo’s favour! The Mercedes Benz GLC 300 AWD Premium has 241 horses under the hood, not bad, but pretty insignificant compared with the Stelvio Ti AWD’s 280 horsepower. For that feeling of being thrown back in to your seat, the Stelvio just can’t be beat! The Alfa Romeo boasts 306 lb-ft of torque, far more than the Merc, which manages just 273 lb-ft of torque. Put the two head to head on a drag strip and those numbers will come to life; the Mercedes Benz will hit 60 miles per hour from a standing start in 6.3 seconds, but all that driver is going to see is tail lights, as the Alfa Romeo blasts from zero to 60 almost 1 second faster, clocking in at just 5.4 seconds, truly remarkable numbers for a practical SUV! The Stelvio Ti keeps pulling hard all the way up to 144 miles per hour, whereas the GLC 300 Premium tops out at just 130 miles per hour. Seeing as the Stelvio Ti is a true performance car amongst pretenders, it should come as no surprise that it is the only car of the two reviewed here today that features the serious stopping power of Brembo brakes on all four wheels! If you aren’t familiar with Brembo, they supply braking components to some of the world’s fastest and best performing cars, not to mention their huge presence in international auto sports. The Mercedes Benz makes do with generic OEM brakes.

The final feather to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti’s bow in the performance category is the driveshaft. An often overlooked component, Alfa have seen fit to outfit the Stelvio with a carbon fiber driveshaft, a feature that saves weight and significantly reduces vibrations, and is rarely ever found outside of exotic supercars and hypercars, this is a feature that Mercedes Benz absolutely cannot claim with their GLC 300 Premium.

 

Exterior and Interior Design

Italian design is synonymous with flair and panache, and Alfa Romeo’s designers put a lot of both in to the Stelvio, along with heaps of soul. The flowing lines contrast starkly with the bland, boxy design of the Mercedes Benz GLC 300. The near perfect 50/50 weight distribution is a product of the Stelvio’s design, and this balance is one of the many factors that makes it an absolute pleasure to drive. The Alfa immediately stands out with its bigger wheels, it comes as standard with huge 19 inch rims, compared to the standard 18 inch shoes on the Mercedes Benz. On the interior, the Stelvio Ti is furnished in real leather throughout, unlike the GLC 300 Premium, which is upholstered in ‘Leatherette’, making the Alfa the real connoisseurs’ choice!

The front passenger in the Stelvio Ti also benefits from four way lumbar support adjustment, unfortunately for GLC 300 passengers, this feature is reserved just for the driver.

On the interior, the Stelvio Ti continues to impress, with 4 way power lumbar support adjustment on both driver and front passenger seats, while the Audi makes do with just the driver’s seat. The Stelvio continues to dominate the battle for the best interior with its formula one inspired, heated leather steering wheel, with push start button.

Infotainment

Alfa Romeo have spared no efforts when it comes to designing the perfect driving experience, and a big part of this driving experience comes from the infotainment, both aesthetically, and from ease of use. The Stelvio checks both of those boxes and provides a phenomenal experience for occupants. Starting with the 7.7 inch driver information display that blends seamlessly into the dash, the Alfa far outshines the Mercedes Benz which offers only a 5.5 inch display. Even the radio display is bigger on the Stelvio Ti, measuring in at a whopping 8 inches, vs. the GLC 300’s 7 inch display. In this day and age, staying connected to the outside world is more important than ever, and Alfa Romeo recognize this face; in order to stay connected, you need to be charged! That is why the Stelvio Ti AWD comes as standard with 4, count them 4 USB outlets! The Mercedes Benz has to make do with just 2, yet another category where the Alfa Romeo bests the Benz.

 

Conveniences and Safety

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti AWD is packed with amazing features and amenities that make certain you want for nothing when you’re behind the wheel. The Stelvio comes with as standard voice activation, which ensures that you have full control over your systems without having to take your eyes off the road, not only is more convenient, it’s a big safety boost too!

 

Optional Extras and Packages

If you’re someone who really loves to trick out their car with all the latest and greatest tech, the Alfa Romeo has you covered. The Stelvio Ti AWD is one of the most generously appointed SUVs on the market even as standard, however Alfa Romeo still cater to those who want more! The optional extras and packages available include forward collision assist, a system that assists with braking should an imminent collision be detected, as well as lane departure warning, and blind spot and cross path detection systems.

There aren’t many Alfa Romeo dealers in Canada, there are just 12 to be exact, so if you’ve been looking for a brand new Stelvio Ti AWD, then look no further than Alfa Romeo of Windsor! Regardless of where you live in Canada... Toronto, London, Oakville, we are more than happy to help; we ship vehicles nationwide and we would love to do the same for you. As Stelvio Canada dealers, we want to make sure you drive only the very best. So feel free to drop in to our Windsor Ontario showroom any time, or call ahead to make an appointment! One of our incredible team will gladly show you around the amazing 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti, and get you set up with a test drive too. Come and find out exactly why the Stelvio is the SUV that everyone is talking about.

       
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