Alfa Romeo's 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 with annoyances.
The Stelvio excels when driven with gusto; the 280-hp turbocharged engine delivers thrilling acceleration accompanied by a pleasant exhaust snarl. The transmission shifts quickly and appropriately when pressed, But the experience isn't always gelato smooth, especially in low-speed situations where the power delivery is a bit tentative, such as after a cold start.
The Stelvio races to 60 mph from rest in seven seconds. At 24 mpg overall, fuel economy is among the better ones in the class. Whether on a road or a track, the Stelvio proves its mettle with unparalleled athletic chops, making it the perfect dance partner for a winding country road. While the Stelvio's ride might come across as jittery at times, the suspension actually absorbs bumps well. Wind noise isn't as well suppressed as in its peers. The brake pedal is too grabby.