2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review | Asian Car Guide
August 14, 2020

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

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So why all the excitement? After all it’s named after the Stelvio Pass, one of Europe’s most spectacular roads and the highest in Italy -say hello to Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first SUV in the brand’s 108-year history.

Sharing its platform with the Giulia saloon, the Stelvio is a raised up version of that, with very similar front nose, converted into SUV guise, which means aluminium-intensive construction, carbon fibre driveshaft, 50/50 weight distribution and explains the similar looks.

As such it performs very well, as you would expect.

Of course it can’t defy physics but although bulkier than its donor vehicle it very impressively emulates it in handling and cornering and overall driving performance, so that the end effect for most people who aren’t trying to drive the wheels off it at every outing is that it is a very satisfying SUV to take for a drive, and rewards you for choosing it with very tight handling, road holding ability and comfort (just as the Macan does).

alfa romeo stelvio interiorThe interior is simple yet functional, designed to host three rear passengers in complete comfort, with easy access to seats. The boot, featuring power tailgate, boasts 525 litres capacity, or 1600 with rear seats down.

There are three basic different spec levels, with choice of four technologically advanced engines – the base model, then the Ti, which we drove, then significantly above these the high powered  Quadrifiglio version.

The base model has a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 148kW/330Nm and doing 0-100 km/h in 7.2 sec or 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel delivering 154kW/470Nm, then the Ti offers a much a souped up petrol engine attaining very good 206 kW and 400 Nm, and lowering 0-100kmh to 5.7 seconds.

Then the quadrifiglio has a powerful Ferrari-designed twin turbo V6, with super impressive 3.2 secs for 0-100.

All engines are combined with the standard Q4 all-wheel drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission.

Of course if you can afford it the Quadrifiglio would be what you would covet, but at about $160k it is out of the reach of most, so let’s concentrate on the Ti sedan.

Base model equipment provided includes comprehensive safety and driver aids:

  • 5 Star ANCAP rating
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Forward collision
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Integrated Braking System
  • 19-Inch 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • 7-Inch Colour Instrument Cluster
  • All-new infotainment system (controlled by an intuitive Rotary Pad and advanced voice recognition)
  • 8.8-Inch Colour Info Display
  • 3D Navigation
  • Apple Carplay/Android Auto
  • 8-Speaker Sound System
  • Alfa DNA Drive Mode System, – (choice of Dynamic, Natural and Eco-friendly (which you will hardly use))
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Zone Climate
  • Front/Rear Park Sensors
  • Rear camera with Dynamic Gridlines
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Leather Upholstered Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Passive Entry
  • Rear View Mirror Auto dimming
  • 35W Bi-Xenon Headlights
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring
  • Power Tailgate

Added to that, with the Ti you get –

  • 20-Inch Sport Alloy Wheels
  • Sports Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Privacy Glass on Second Row and Tailgate
  • Rear Limited Slip Differential
  • Frequency Selective Damping
  • Red Brake Calipers
  • Aluminium Sports Pedals
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 10-Speaker Sound System

This car is Alfa’s entry into the fairly upmarket luxury/performance segment of mid-size SUV’s. The Alfa Stelvio competes fairly directly with Porsche’s smaller Macan SUV, the Jaguar F-Pace, and the German Mercedes GLC and BMW X3, all having roughly the same price and performance capabilities.

alfa romeo stelvio side and rearIt would probably have most appeal to Alfa and Italian design lovers – a 5-seater medium SUV weighing 145kg less than BMW X3 and 185kg less than Porsche’s Macan, average sized for its class, it feels incredibly nimble to drive, and its close similarity in looks to the Guilia sedan gives it an attention grabbing and quite different appearance to most SUV’s.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Specifications:  (Ti petrol / diesel)

  • Engine: 2-litres turbo petrol / 2.2-litres turbo diesel
  • Power kW: 206 @ 5,250rpm / 154 @ 3,750rpm
  • Torque Nm: 400 @ 2,250 / 470 @ 1,750
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic with Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters
  • Dimensions mm: L 4,697 W 1,903 H 1,481 WB 2,828
  • Fuel: 95 octane petrol / tank 64L, 4.8L/100km
  • Tare Mass kg: 1,620
  • Stelvio Ti Price, $83,900 drive away from Zagame, 348 Swan Street Richmond VIC .

Service Intervals  15,000km/12 months , Warranty&Roadside Assist – 3 year/150,000km covered by three-year, 150,000 kilometre warranty with three years’ of complimentary roadside assistance.

With capped-priced serving setting you back $395, $695, $1,295, $695 and $1,395 for 20,000km, 40,000km, 60,000km, 80,000km 100,000km services respectively – total $4,475.