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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a luxury crossover SUV that prioritizes sportiness. It's loosely based on the Giulia sedan and slots in as the third Alfa Romeo vehicle on sale in the U.S. since the brand returned a few years ago.

With the Stelvio, Alfa brings a serious dose of style and passion into the mid-size, luxury crossover niche, where many entries have relied on utility as their calling card.

For 2022, Alfa Romeo replaces the Ti Sport model with a model called Veloce, and adds safety and convenience feature. The price rises commensurately.

As a luxury SUV, the Stelvio competes in the most difficult automotive segment on the planet. Among its rivals are the BMW X3, Porsche Macan, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The Stelvio trades on its seductive shape, available horsepower, and relative rarity.

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For its initial model year, the Stelvio was offered in three trim levels powered by a choice of two engines. All-wheel drive was standard across the lineup, but for the 2019 model year Alfa added a base rear-drive Stelvio. All Stelvio models except for the Quadrifoglio come with a 280-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, while the Quadrifoglio—that's Italian for "four-leaf clover"—utilizes a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 rated at an impressive 505 hp. 

Alfa Romeo made extensive use of aluminum to lighten the Stelvio, and it says that the Quadrifoglio in particular is a track-oriented machine. To that end, the range-topper offers Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and Sparco carbon-fiber sport seats as options. Even without these options, the  Quadrifoglio is a performance machine, with adaptive dampers and a four-mode control system that adds a Race setting for the Quadrifoglio. The line topper also includes a torque-vectoring rear differential designed to help out in hard cornering situations. In normal driving, most of the SUV's power goes to the rear wheels, but it can transfer up to 60 percent to the front axle. 

The Stelvio looks properly Alfa Romeo, with numerous styling cues reminiscent of its Giulia platform-mate. Inside, it has the 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, though its functions can also be controlled by a rotary dial. A 7.0-inch LCD is included in the instrument cluster on all models, although Alfa Romeo hasn't gone the way of Audi with a fully virtual gauge cluster (yet).

Alfa Romeo offers a full complement of safety features in the Stelvio. Automatic emergency braking joined rear park assist as standard equipment for 2020, and 2022 sees the addition of standard active blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and front and rear parking sensors. Options include active lane control, a driver-attention monitor, traffic sign recognition, systems that control the steering, brakes, and throttle in limited highway and traffic jam driving.

The Stelvio arrived for the 2018 model year. For 2019, the Stelvio gained a rear-drive model, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, optional heated rear seats, and available black-out and carbon-fiber trim packages.

For 2020, Alfa Romeo updated the infotainment system with a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen, improved some of the interior materials, and added new standard and optional safety equipment.

For 2021, Alfa simplifies the lineup to four models and shuffles equipment, including safety packages. The additional standard amenities for 2022 consist of standard heated front and rear seats, navigation, and wireless smartphone charging.

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June 29, 2018
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport AWD

Best Luxury High Performance SUV For The Money Hands Down

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I have the Stelvio Ti Sport in the lovely dark green metallic exterior with tan leather interior. In my opinion, the Stelvio is the most distinctive SUV on the market today and the best bang for the buck by... + More »
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March 15, 2018
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Lusso AWD

Wow! Looks better than a Macan, drives just as well

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I recently test drove a Stilvio. It’s an amazing vehicle. I am not sure why some reviewers are complaining about the interior. To me it is better than the X3 and GLC. There is nothing that drives this good... + More »
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport AWD

Not A Boring SUV

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This SUV has so much style and performance, it is a must drive if you are looking for a small(ish) lux sport utility. The car handles great, has incredible acceleration and athleticism. This is my 1st Alfa and... + More »
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