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The Stelvio, is based on Alfa's Giulia sedan and, like it, delivers fantastic handling and is fun to drive. That, however, doesn't mean it's fun to live with on a daily basis. Positioned to compete with high-end and sporty SUVs such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Porsche Macan, the Stelvio falls a bit short on the refinement and luxury quotients. The standard powertrain is a punchy 280-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo that gets 24 mpg overall on premium. The ride is a bit jittery but ultimately absorbent. Among constant annoyances are a driving position that suffers from limited range of seat adjustability and controls that are not the most user-friendly. Like the Giulia, the parking sensors are too sensitive, going off constantly in an urban environment. Rear and side visibility are wanting and the cargo hold is modest.

Road Test

Alfa Romeo's new Stelvio is stimulating to drive and has special appeal for drivers in search of a rewarding road experience but that doesn't mean dolce vita is upon us. For daily driving needs, we found this mechanical sibling of the Giulia ripe wit...

Highs

  • One of the best handling SUVs
  • Oozes Italian flair

Lows

  • Too many everyday annoyances
  • Power delivery not very smooth

Best Version to Get

If you follow your heart and are set on a Stelvio, we suggest choosing the Ti trim with both Driver Assistance packages, which include forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Ti trim gets an 8.8-inch screen (instead of a 6.5-inch screen), satellite radio, heated front seats...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (280 hp)
  • 2.9-liter V6 turbo (505 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
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