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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Overview

The standard features of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Base include 2.0L I-4 280hp MultiAir2 intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, Q4 AWD System all-wheel drive.

2018 Alfa Romeo
Stelvio SUV

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Memory seat
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Remote engine start - keyfob
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Ground clearance (max) - 206mm (8.1")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Rear audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 280hp @ 5,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 306 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 84.0mm x 89.9mm (3.31" x 3.54")
  • Curb weight - 1,834kg (4,044lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,689mm (184.6")
  • Exterior body width - 1,902mm (74.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,676mm (66.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,819mm (111.0")
  • Front legroom - 930mm (36.6")
  • Rear legroom - 912mm (35.9")
  • Front headroom - 1,021mm (40.2")
  • Rear headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Interior cargo volume - 524 L (19 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,600 L (57 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 280hp @ 5,200RPM
  • Torque - 306 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - Q4 AWD System all-wheel drive
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 22mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 28mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 235/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • High intensity discharge headlights - Bi-Xenon
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear - ParkView yes


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Search New $41,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Search New $41,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
Sport 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Sport Search New $41,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
Ti 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Ti Search New $43,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
Ti 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Ti Search New $43,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
Ti Lusso 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Ti Lusso Search New $43,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
Ti Sport 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Ti Sport Search New $43,995   280-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 28  
Quadrifoglio 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Quadrifoglio Search New $79,795   505-hp 2.9L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  No Data  
Quadrifoglio 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Quadrifoglio Search New $79,795   505-hp 2.9L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The 2.0-liter turbo makes 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque, which might be keeping Mercedes, BMW and Audi engineers up at night to catch up. Those numbers match some of the V6 engines from those makers.

The acceleration will keep you nicely pinned to the seat, from zero to redline. The broad torque kicks the two-ton Stelvio in the butt when necessary. Its zero-to-sixty time of 5.4 seconds is quickest in the class. It’ll go 144 miles per hour.

The eight-speed ZF automatic is fantastic. There is a DNA drive mode selector. In Natural, the transmission is unobtrusive, downshifting at the right places and upshifting at the correct time. In Advanced Efficiency, it upshifts early to use less gas. In Dynamic mode the shifts are fast and brutal at high rpm, unlike no crossover on earth. And downshifting with the brilliant big paddles on the Sport is smooth and quick. It’s a blast to shift manually.

The steering is fast and the suspension tight and agile. The ballerina-like handling easily matches the sublime handling of the Jaguar F-Pace. Its balance is perfect, a 50/50 weight distribution, so the handling is neutral and responsive. We haven’t had a chance to test the Stelvio with the Ti Performance package, with adaptive suspension and mechanical limited-slip differential. In any case, we find the base suspension very good.

The super-quick steering ratio of 11.8:1 means precision cornering. The steering feels natural and builds weight well. You can feel the car in the seat of your pants; there you have it, that’s what almost all Alfas have. It wanders a bit at freeway speeds, and can get tiring, but in the twisties it doesn’t matter.

The brakes need more development. It’s a new system, all-electric pedal with sensors sending to a computer that controls the brake calipers. In dynamic situations (the twisties), it’s fantastic. But in traffic, especially around town, it’s almost impossible to stop the Stelvio smoothly.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The nose of the Stelvio is striking and beautiful. It’s a mirror image of the Giulia. The classic trilobo grille looks even better on the Stelvio, higher off the ground.

The sleek roofline makes the profile look more like a sedan than a crossover, and nowadays sedans look like coupes. On some models there’s a lip over the sloped and pinched rear greenhouse, which sort of says crossover, but otherwise it looks like a sedan with cladding and more ground clearance. The wheels are too beautiful for off road, for sure.

There are a couple of etched character lines in the side, the edginess that crossovers have been chasing for years. But Italian designers do voluptuous better than they copy edgy, so the carving into sheetmetal on the sides of the Stelvio steals some from its identity. Between the front and rear wheels, on the side of the car, it doesn’t say Alfa Romeo.

The rear hatch tries to be voluptuous, and may be about as voluptuous as a rear hatch can get. There’s an interesting shallow canyon carved into the liftgate, so you’re pretty sure it’s not a Lexus, but you never know.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The cabin in a perfectly equipped Stelvio is a wonderful place to be on a long drive. The standard leather seats have the elegance of a restored classic. In the upscale models, the trim is wood and aluminum, with a minimum of plastic around. The flat-bottomed steering wheel has grips. It’s hard to imagine it without the paddle-shifters that come on the Sport, along with seats.

The stop-start button has an inspired and purposeful location. But the infotainment controls seem out of place. And there is an overarching sense of cheapness in the cabin. The plastic bits are firm, never mind that they’re technically called soft touch. The plastic is hard and black on the center console.

The Ti seats have more bolstering than the base seats. The Sport seats are super supportive, the only seats to have if you drive your Stelvio the way any Alfa likes to be driven.

The back seat is tiny. Pushing it even for kids. There’s just 32 inches of legroom, which is 4.5 inches less than the smallest European, the BMW X3. The headroom is about average for the class, more than the Mercedes-Benz GLC but less than the Audi Q5.

The cargo space is average, 18.5 cubic feet in back and 56.6 with the rear seat folded. That’s about the same as the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Compare to Audi Q5 (26.8 rear, 60.4 total) and BMW X3 (27.6 rear, 63.3 total).


New Car Test Drive

Stelvio is a dream come true. It’s a true-blue Alfa Romeo SUV. Striking face that announces Alfa. Italian acceleration from the 2.0 turbo (beats the Brits and Germans), spot-on eight-speed automatic, quick precise steering, tight and agile ride, Sport model with paddle shifters and snug seat. Cabin layout and materials are so-so, depending on model and package. If this is what you want in an SUV, Stelvio is the only one.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Alfa Romeo Stelvio ($41,995) is powered by a 280-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and comes with leather seats, rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, LED taillamps, dual-zone climate control, 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster, 6.5-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-speaker sound system, and power liftgate.

Stelvio Ti ($$43,995) adds wood trim, heated leather seats, 8.8-inch infotainment, satellite radio, 19-inch wheels, and front parking sensors.

Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6.

Options packages include Sport package, Lusso package, Driver Assistance Static package, Driver Assistance Dynamic Plus package, Cold Weather Package, Ti Performance package. Plus standalone options, like navigation and bigger infotainment on bigger screen.

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