There are a lot of luxury SUVs out there that also claim car-like ride and handling. But where some may be taking liberties with the truth, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio can actually make such a claim without a single Pinocchio moment. Based on the marvelous Giulia sedan platform, the Stelvio sits up higher and offers a more accommodating interior without compromising ride or handling. In head-to-head match-ups with the Audi Q5, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Jaguar F-Pace and the BMW X3, the Stelvio can more than hold its own, although its long-term reliability and resale figures are yet to be seen. We can debate all day long about the public’s appetite for a stylish Italian crossover with a racing pedigree. In the end, the marketplace will provide the answer. All we can say is, for now, we’re happy it’s here.
What’s New for 2020?
For 2020, the Stelvio gets a new 8.8-in touchscreen display as standard equipment, along with SiriusXM satellite radio and a Wi-Fi hot spot. A 7-in TFT information screen is added to the instrument cluster, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is now part of the standard equipment list. Level II autonomous driving capability is added to the Stelvio’s optional driver-assist systems, which also grow to include active highway assist, traffic-jam assist, traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assist and a driver attention monitor. Finally, the Stelvio gets a few interior upgrades, such as a new center console and steering wheel design. See the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio models for sale near you
What We Like
- Class-leading performance numbers
- Fuel economy
- Sedan-like feel
- Historic front-end styling
- Well-appointed cabin
What We Don’t
- Big honking paddle shifters on Sport and Quadrifoglio trim
- Price is higher than most of the competition
- Unknown long-term reliability
- Smallish cargo area
$42,640-$97,000 (including the $1,295 destination fee)
Most of us would never guess from simply driving the Stelvio that its jackrabbit acceleration comes from a four banger. This Alfa uses the same 280-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission in the Stelvio that it employs in the Giulia. Although the Stelvio tips the scales at roughly 400 horsepower more than the Giulia, it still gets up and goes with little urging. Its 306 lb-ft of peak torque provides plenty of thrust at launch. Fuel economy for the RWD models comes in at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive reduces those numbers to 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy.
For the performance-oriented Quadrifoglio trim, a hand-built 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 develops 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard, netting fuel economy figures of 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy.
Standard Features & Options
Alfa Romeo offers the Stelvio in six trims: base, Sport, Ti, Ti Lusso, Ti Sport and Quadrifoglio. The base and Sport trims can be ordered in RWD, while all others come standard with AWD.
The base Stelvio ($42,640, RWD, $44,640, AWD) comes out of the box with 18-in aluminum wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, full power accessories, leather seating, 10-way power front seats with driver’s-seat memory, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom 3-spoke steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering-wheel-mounted push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, an 8.8-in color touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear-parking sensors, a power lift gate, four USB ports, rain-sensing wipers and an 8-speaker audio system with, SiriusXM, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Standalone options include a panoramic sunroof, a headlight washer, navigation and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system. There are two option packages available. The Sport package includes 19-in aluminum wheels, black roof rails, painted brake calipers, aluminum accents and sport pedals, steering-column-mounted paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension. The Active Driver Assist Package includes adaptive cruise control with stop/go, automatic high beam assist, lane-departure warning and level II autonomous driving with active highway assist, traffic-jam assist, active blind-spot assist, driver attention alert and highway traffic-sign recognition and infrared windshield.
The Stelvio Sport ($44,090, RWD, $46,090, AWD) adds a sport leather steering wheel, 19-in wheels and gloss black window surrounds.
The Stelvio Ti ($47,040) builds on the base Stelvio with 19-in 10-spoke aluminum wheels, dark gray wood cabin accents, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors with front-park assist.
The Stelvio Ti Lusso ($49,540) adds Luxury Leather trimmed seats, 12-way power front seats, luxury-wrapped upper dash and upper door trim, unique 19-in wheels and a choice of Light Walnut or Dark Gray Oak wood trim.
The Stelvio Ti Sport ($49,540) adds sport leather seats, 20-in alloy wheels, colored brake calipers, gloss black trim and steering-column-mounted aluminum-trim paddle shifters.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio ($82,040) adds the more powerful turbocharged V6 engine, leather and Alcantara sport seats, leather-wrapped dash, anodized brake calipers, 3D navigation, Harman Kardon audio, Q4 AWD with Pro Drive Mode selector, adaptive suspension and a torque-vectoring rear differential.
Option packages vary by trim. The Ti Performance package includes active suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential and aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters. The Sport package comes with 20-in aluminum wheels, black roof rails, painted brake calipers, aluminum accents and sport pedals, steering-column-mounted paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, premium leather seats and 12-way power front seats. The similarly contented Active Driver Assistant Package that is available on the base grade is also offered across the line.
Neither the government nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have crash-tested the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. In addition to the usual six airbags found in most vehicles, the Stelvio also provides knee airbags for both front-seat positions. Rear parking assist is standard in all grades and front parking assist is standard in the Ti. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are also standard. Available safety technology includes adaptive cruise control with full stop, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams.
Behind the Wheel
Alfa Romeo may not have bred the Stelvio for the racetrack, but it can certainly attack a curve. Possessed of a nearly ideal 50/50 front/rear weight balance, it remains poised and stable when taking on the mountain switchbacks. The steering is quick, providing just the right amount of load as you pick up speed. Twist the DNA mode selector to Dynamic, and the upshifts come so fast and hard it almost makes your head swim. You won’t be doing any hardcore off-roading, as the Stelvio’s Q4 AWD system isn’t engineered for tasks more challenging than slippery pavement and maybe some dirt and gravel. The Brembo brakes (4-piston front/2-piston rear) are well modulated and bring the Stelvio to a controlled stop, even when braking hard.
Embodying exactly what you would hope the cabin of an Italian luxury vehicle would be, the Stelvio’s interior is elegant and functional. Pony up the extra cash for the Ti Sport and settle into one of the best sport seats in the industry.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 BMW X3 — Offering an array of strong performing engines, the X3 is in the top tier of compact sporty luxury crossovers. Sure, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but spend five minutes behind the wheel and you’ll forget the price.
2020 Audi Q5 — Audi demonstrates its talent for interior styling and craftsmanship in the Q5. It now rides on the A4 platform, translating into a smoother ride. There’s more driver-assist/safety technology, too.
2020 Jaguar F-Pace –Three engine choices for 2020 — including a 4-cylinder — give this crossover broad appeal among the compact luxury audience. A 6-trim pecking order provides plenty of choices in determining standard equipment and price.
We’d be pretty happy with the base Stelvio plus the two Active Driver Assist Package, which would add $3,250 to the bottom line. There really isn’t a lot of daylight between the prices of the remaining grades, but if you are moving up, the Ti Sport would be our second choice. Once you get past 40K, does a thousand here or there make much difference? Find an Alfa Romeo Stelvio for sale