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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian brand’s first ever SUV. It looks to capitalise on the booming 4x4 market by splashing its own Italian flair on the market. It uses the same chassis platform as the Giulia saloon, and the Stelvio is the second car in Alfa’s recent rebirth. For more information on the Stelvio, click on our links below.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio reviews
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The new Stelvio is on sale now as Alfa’s competitor to a swathe of premium SUV rivals including the Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and BMW X3. It’s an all-new car for Alfa, built using FCA’s Giorgio platform that also underpins the Giulia saloon. Aluminium is used in the body and suspension to keep the centre of gravity low, which makes the Stelvio arguably one of the best mid-size SUVs to drive right now.
The interior is almost entirely carried over from the Giulia, so there’s a swooping dashboard and sporty steering wheel with a wheel-mounted starter button on every model. The infotainment is inspired by both BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI systems and is controlled by a dial and buttons on the centre console, but it feels a step down from the Germans in terms of cabin fit and finish.
The range includes a 2.0-litre petrol with either 198bhp or 276bhp and a 2.2-litre diesel packing either 178bhp or 207bhp. All versions use a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox that can be controlled by lovely aluminium column-mounted paddleshifters.
There’s also the super-hot Stelvio Quadrifoglio, set to arrive in October 2017.
We’ve driven all of the engines, and by far the most interesting is the 276bhp petrol. Although it didn’t feel as fast as its 5.7sec 0-62mph launch time, the throttle response felt sharp and precise. The torquier diesel engines will account for the lion’s share of sales, and feel very nicely matched to the gearbox, but are a little noisier than we’d prefer.
The one we’d buy
The 276bhp petrol is most interesting until Quadrofoglio arrives in October 2017
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Low-powered petrol feels flat and uninspiring
Rivals to consider
Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, Jaguar F-Pace, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Porsche Macan
Starring in CAR magazine
Great handling, sharp to drive, stylish
Firm ride, infotainment system isn’t the best