2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
If you’re looking to add a little Italian flair to your grocery run, the Stelvio is hot enough to melt your gelato. Under the hood is a 280-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic; Alfa claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.4 seconds. Inside, you’ll find a handsome interior with leather seats and a 6.5- or 8.8-inch infotainment display. Automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are optional.
How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cost?
This Alfa Romeo has a base price of just under $42,000. That’s higher than the starting prices of most other luxury compact SUVs. There are three higher trims for this Alfa Romeo. The Stelvio Sport and the Stelvio Ti both cost between $43,500 and $44,000. The highest trim (the Stelvio Ti Sport) has a starting price around $46,500. There is also a high-performance Stelvio trim known as the Quadrifoglio, but pricing data for it isn’t available as of this writing.
Though the base price is high, the Stelvio’s trims are bunched closely in terms of price. That means that higher trims of this Alfa are less expensive than higher trims of many class rivals (in some cases, by quite a bit).
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Versus the Competition
If you set out to craft the perfect SUV, the Audi Q5 would provide a great blueprint. It annually finishes near the top of the class rankings, and it’s been redesigned for 2018, so everything about it is fresh. The Q5 has an opulent interior and two rows of spacious, supportive seats. There’s more cargo space than in the Stelvio, and the Audi comes standard with features that its Italian rival doesn’t even offer, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These two are pretty close in terms of performance, too. Both have powerful engines and standard all-wheel drive, and they get roughly equal fuel economy. There’s really no comparison here; the Audi is the clear winner.
Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Jaguar F-Pace?
Like the Stelvio, the Jaguar F-Pace is a performance-first SUV. It’s also a relatively new face, having debuted for the 2017 model year. One key difference is the Jaguar’s standard engine – a turbodiesel with much better mpg ratings than the Stelvio. The F-Pace also offers multiple V6 engines that provide great acceleration and a satisfying engine note. Like the Alfa, the Jag comes standard with all-wheel drive and provides sporty handling. Inside the F-Pace, you’ll find plenty of room. It has one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and both rows of seats have room for tall occupants. The Jaguar can’t match the Stelvio’s interior styling, but it does have higher material quality. The F-Pace’s starting price is about the same as the Stelvio’s as well. These two SUVs have similar strengths, but the F-Pace has fewer weaknesses. It’s the better option.
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How Many People Does the Stelvio Seat?
The Stelvio seats five people on leather upholstery. Both rows of seats have a decent – but not great – amount of space. Headroom will be tight for taller passengers because of the roofline, and legroom also dwindles rapidly as the front seats are pushed farther back.
Stelvio and Car Seats
There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats.
Stelvio Interior Quality
There’s no reason to complain about this Alfa Romeo’s interior style, but the quality of materials may be another matter. While the Stelvio is quite nice inside, German competitors have noticeably nicer cabins.
Stelvio Cargo Space
With the rear seats up, the Stelvio has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s enough room for a few sets of golf clubs or a cooler and a couple of tailgate chairs. Fold the rear seats down, and you’ll have over 56 cubic feet of space – enough room for larger items like a bicycle or a snowboard. A power liftgate comes standard, and you can activate it from the key fob. While the cargo space is fairly usable, the Stelvio offers less capacity than many rivals.
Stelvio Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Standard features in the Stelvio include dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen. Available features include a dual-pane sunroof, navigation, satellite radio, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Stelvio is the knob in the dash. That’s how you control the infotainment system, and opinions about its utility are varied. At best, it takes some getting used to, and at worst, it’s distracting and requires you to look down for long periods at a time to change settings. If you’re looking for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, look elsewhere; they aren’t offered in the Stelvio.
For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.
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Stelvio Engine: Fast and Loud
The Stelvio comes standard with a 280-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s as quick as – or quicker than – many rivals’ base engines, but it also makes plenty of noise (and not in a satisfying, hear-it-roar kind of way).
There’s also a high-performance Stelvio: the Quadrifoglio. It features a twin-turbo V6 that puts out 505 horsepower. Alfa Romeo claims it’ll go from zero to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
Stelvio Gas Mileage: Solidly Efficient
This Alfa Romeo earns 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are above-average ratings for the class, especially since the Stelvio – unlike some competitors – comes standard with all-wheel drive.
By driving the Stelvio, you’ll save about $150 on gas each year compared to the Porsche Macan. The ratings are similar to those of the Volvo XC60, but the Volvo will still save you gas money because it’s one of the few vehicles in this class that doesn’t require premium fuel.
Stelvio Ride and Handling: Putting the “Sport” in Sport Utility
There are four driving modes to choose from (Natural, Dynamic, Advanced Efficiency, and Race Mode) that alter throttle response and handling to fit your driving style. Flip between them as you take full advantage of the Stelvio’s considerable athleticism; some argue it drives more like a sports car than an SUV. Standard all-wheel drive provides dependable road grip.
J.D. Power and Associates hasn’t yet given the Stelvio a predicted reliability rating.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Warranty
Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. Many other luxury vehicles (cars and SUVs) have similar warranty terms.