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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

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  • Launched in 2017
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Stylish compact SUV from Italy

Best bits

  • Excellent handling for an SUV
  • Impressive range of engines
  • Appealing styling and image

Not so great

  • Still not as plush as German rivals
  • Rivals are a little roomier
  • Odd brake pedal feel. 

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior Front

Overall verdict

Alfa Romeo Stelvio  Interior

On the inside

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Driving Front

Driving

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Dashboard

How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"SUV buyers are a fashion-conscious lot - that’s precisely why so many people buy them - so it’s a wonder there aren’t more cars like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. You see, however fashionable they are, most SUVs of this size and type - cars like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60 - couldn’t look more conservative if they were wearing a blue rosette and a Boris wig. Next to these rivals, the flamboyantly styled Stelvio stands out a mile."

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior Front

Under the skin, a lot is shared with the Giulia saloon. That includes its range of strong 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines, and an eight-speed automatic transmission that comes as standard on all versions. All-wheel drive is optional on lower powered versions and standard towards the top of the range. Sitting at the very top of that range is the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, an SUV that’s capable of dusting it with most supercars thanks to a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with a truly monstrous 510 horsepower.


On the road, all versions of the Stelvio have impressive handling for an SUV. There’s very little body roll, strong grip and quick steering, so quick in fact that it takes some getting used to. Despite this ability in the corners, the Stelvio also manages to ride pretty smoothly, keeping you comfortable over all but the very roughest of roads. The only fly in the ointment is the fly-by-wire braking system that lacks feedback through the pedal.


On the inside, you’ll notice typical Alfa features such as deeply-recessed instrument dials and a starter button on the steering wheel. For the most part, quality is pretty good, too, and a facelift in 2020 made it even better with some new interior surfaces, but compared with the impeccable standards of rivals from Audi, BMW or Mercedes, it’s still a little way behind.


That said, practicality is all you’ll need it to be. There’s a decent amount of leg and headroom in each of the five seats, so adults and lanky teens will be able to get comfy, and you’ll have plenty of space for bulky child seats. The boot’s a good size too, and the load area is wide and flat. However, if you’re really looking to maximise family-friendliness, the Audi Q5 is even better, with more passenger space and a bigger boot.


All in all, the Stelvio is a good all-rounder, doing a thoroughly decent job in all areas and a really good job in some. If you like the flamboyant styling, and you enjoy your driving, it’s definitely worth considering.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2.2 D 210 Veloce 5dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 4,050 miles
  • Preston Motor Park
  • Lancashire, PR22YQ
Price:£37,000
PCP: £618.12/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £618.12, Customer Deposit: £5,550.00, Total Deposit: £5,550.00, Optional Final Payment: £16,742.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,926.20, Total Amount Payable: £43,926.20, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.47%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio right for you?

People love SUVs because they combine the practicality that a family needs with the style and desirability that you just don’t get from an MPV. And the Stelvio is arguably more stylish than any of its premium mid-size rivals thanks to its glamorous looks, its Italian heritage, its desirable badge and its relative rarity. It’s not the most obvious choice in the class, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting.


It’ll also suit you if you prioritise driving fun over comfort. That’s not to say it isn’t comfortable - it’s fine - but where it really dazzles dynamically is in a set of bends where its tight body control and quick (sometimes too quick) steering combine to make direction changes feel lively and alert.

What's the best Alfa Romeo Stelvio model/engine to choose?

For most buyers, we reckon things are best kept humble. The entry-level diesel engine will be more than powerful enough for most, and will keep purchase prices down. You’ll make up your own mind whether you want it with rear- or four-wheel drive: the rear-driver is significantly better on fuel, but the other one will be more handy on the two snow days we have per year.


Trim-wise, though, we’d spend a little extra upgrading from Super trim to the Sprint version, because it adds desirable items like active cruise control and heated leather seats to the already generous kit list.


However, we wouldn’t blame you if you decided to go all-out and buy the bonkers Quadrifoglio version, with its insane pace and unruly-but-fun handling. Just make sure that you’ve got plenty of petrol money and an endless supply of brave pills.

What other cars are similar to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

Premium mid-size SUVs aren’t exactly in short supply, so the Stelvio’s rivals are numerous. The most obvious will be the best-selling German trio of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, and you also have the super-popular Volvo XC60 as well. 


Then you have slightly less successful - but no less desirable - rivals such as the Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan, Range Rover Evoque and Volkswagen Tiguan. Also, there’s the crowd of slightly less premium cars of the same size than do pretty much the same job, cars like the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 3008 and countless others.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio  Interior

On the inside

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Driving Front

Driving

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Dashboard

How much does it cost to run

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior Back

Prices, versions and specification

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