When Alfa Romeo designed its first SUV, it was always going to be somewhat special. Naming it for Italy’s highest mountain pass is therefore prophetic -- the Stelvio would indeed be a great companion for taking into the mountains.
Built on the Giulia platform, the Stelvio shares much in common with its sedan sibling, but it is essentially a more evolved kind of vehicle. Powering the curvaceous beast is a lightweight aluminium 2.0-litre turbo engine capable of generating 206 kW of power. That substantial grunt is transmitted via an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox to the on-demand Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The car would normally operate as a rear-wheel-drive car, but when grip levels are not optimal, the front axle is engaged. Up to 50% of power can be sent to the front wheels.
Like the Giulia, the Stelvio attains an exceptional power-to-weight ratio and superior handling and responsiveness by shaving off weight in strategic locations with light-weight materials. The driveshaft is made out of carbon fibre, while the bonnet, doors, rear hatch, fenders engine, and suspension are made from aluminium.
Being an SUV, the Stelvio is not content with just being admired. It demands to be driven, both on the road and off it. It wants to take you on wild adventures. It has the space to transport five adults comfortably, giving the three passengers in the back plenty of legroom. The rear seats can also fold down, extending the already ample boot space to a cavernous 525 litres.
The Stelvio takes safety seriously. It comes standard with Integrated Brake System, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Brake. Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Path Detection, and Adaptive Cruise Control can be added as extras.