Top Gear To Feature A Brutal Volvo XC60 Vs Alfa Stelvio Race

Episode six of Top Gear’s series 25 will feature a review of the Alpine A110, as well as an SUV comparison test between the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, all-new Volvo XC60 and the Range Rover Velar.

Based on this short trailer, it would appear that two of the three compact executive crossovers will be put through a grueling off-road test at the hands of Matt LeBlanc (in the Stelvio) and Chris Harris (XC60).

The race took place in a field, and the surface was definitely not as smooth as it looked. We can’t help but cringe at the thought of what this type of “exercise” can mean for vehicles that are essentially family cars with raised ground clearance and all-wheel drive systems.

So unless we’re dealing with a Baja racer, we can easily see any regular SUV take on underbody damage or suspension damage under these circumstances, followed of course by the appearance of all sorts of annoying squeaks and rattles inside – you know the type.

In the end, it seems like Harris got the upper hand in his diesel-powered XC60 (D5). The Stelvio was probably a diesel too, and clearly not the high-powered Quadrifoglio version with its 505 HP (512 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque.

As for why the Velar didn’t partake in the race, we’ll have to wait until Sunday, April 1, to find out.


  • Autoexperte

    both great cars

  • ErnieB

    Another win for Volvo!!

    • Michelin

      Will next comparison be on road race ?
      The End may be different. …..

    • LeStori

      But if you buy a Volvo you automatically loose…. the will to live.

    • stallion999

      They used 2 Volvos for the shoot .. they both broke down

      • LeStori

        Unfortunately for Alfa romeo haters, the “unreliable” Alfa Romeo won.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I am an Alfa lover and long term user (although not at the moment since i reside in Asia and have no many chances to get an Alfa). But when it comes to SUVs, i think Volvo is better suited.

    • LeStori

      Better suited to what. Boring you to death?

      • Wandering_Spirit

        Volvo makes SUVs as a job. Boring or not they do their job well. They always did. I sit in a Volvo if i want to have a comfortable, safe ride from A to B. Alfa Romeo makes other types of vehicles. I sit on an Alfa Romeo because it takes me from A to B not necessarily on a straight line and for pleasure of it…and normally i don’t want to feel safe…i want to have fun on it. SUVs hardly fit this pattern. Applying a sedan’s look to a SUV may appeal to some. Much less to others. Keep the teeth in….there is no need to bite on those who don’t share your views. :-). If i need a SUV i buy a Volvo or a Subaru. If i need something else i buy an Alfa Romeo (normally it’s the latter in my case). I would never buy an Alfa SUV anyway. But i won’t bite anyone for having a different take.

  • DMJ

    Very happy to have two high quality alternatives to the germans.

  • Dangerous Damo

    Volvo broke twice, heap of shit soft roader. Impressed and surprised by the Alfa. The Range Rover does what it does and well, but at a price. Almost 20K more than the other two.
    I don’t really get the love people have for these types of cars. If you need something for off road, buy a Toyota Land Cruiser. If you need something with space to drive to and from the shops/school, what’s wrong with an estate?
    For the price of that Volvo, you’d have an A6 tdi avant or a 530i touring, or even the equivalent Volvo estate, (not sure of the model numbering they use, v something).

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