SUVs are too popular for manufacturers to ignore these days, and even famed Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo is joining in on the action with its Stelvio.
Blending glamorous styling with an enjoyable driving experience, it’s one of the most fun SUVs around, and a brilliant alternative to the likes of an Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC.
It’s also recently been updated, with more technology, a higher-quality interior and new drive assistance tech to make it more competitive.
So if you’re thinking about getting a new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, here’s what you need to know?
What powertrains are available?
There’s a good selection of petrol and diesel engines available on the Stelvio, though the range is yet to spawn a hybrid model.
So if you choose a diesel, you get a 2.2-litre unit, which is available with either 187bhp or 207bhp. The less powerful option features rear- or all-wheel-drive, while the latter is only offered with all-wheel-drive. All Stelvios feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 187bhp is the most efficient Stelvio you can choose – returning 46.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 159g/km. It’s still capable of sprinting to 60mph in 7.4 seconds and hitting a top speed of 130mph, though.
If you’d prefer a petrol, the standard unit is a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit, which is available with 197bhp or 276bhp – both coming with all-wheel-drive. The 197bhp version can sprint to 60mph in seven seconds, with the more powerful option managing it in 5.5 seconds.
We can also not forget about the flagship Quadrifoglio performance model, which utilises a bi-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol unit that enables a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 176mph.
What trim levels are offered?
Five grades are available on the Stelvio, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows.
Super – from £39,620
All Stelvios come well-equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, an eight-speaker sound system and an 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, Bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control and an electric boot.
Sprint – from £44,255
Upgrade to the Sprint to get larger 19-inch alloy wheels, aluminium-effect styling, black brake callipers and gloss black exterior styling. It also comes with adaptive cruise control, leather seats, electric front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.
Lusso Ti – from £46,755
This grade brings revised 19-inch alloy wheels, additional soundproofing, brushed aluminium styling and keyless entry. It also comes with a leather dashboard, more luxurious leather seats, a wireless charging pad and a more advanced sound system.
Veloce – from £49,230
High-spec Lusso models are all about performance, coming with sports leather seats, larger 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, adaptive suspension, body-coloured arches and a full gloss black styling kit.
Quadrifoglio – from £73,195
When it comes to the Quadrifoglio, you’re primarily paying for its performance tweaks and engine, which explains the steep jump in terms of price compared to the rest of the range.
What about personalisation?
When it comes to personalising your Stelvio, there is no shortage of choice on offer. Starting with colours, there are 13 to choose from, with this Alfa Romeo available with more vibrant shades than what you’d typically find on rivals – including Alfa Red, Visconti Green and Misano Blue. A range of alloy wheel designs are also on offer. You can also pay to have the brake callipers painted, along with adding additional gloss black styling.
On the interior, you can choose leather seats in various colours – including brown, red and white, while more conventional optional extras include heated rear seats, a Harmon/Kardon sound system and the Driver Assistance Plus pack, which adds blind spot monitoring, high beam assist and a driver attention alert.Enquire on a new Alfa Romeo Stelvio