2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Suv
Very fun to drive and pretty too, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is great in driving, less comfortable in crossover-SUVing.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a good time for Italian luxury brand Fiat Chrysler Automotive. This is the brand’s first crossover SUV, and Stelvio therefore put the company into uncharted territory. Alfa Romeo hopes to blend old-world charm with a New World obsession with high cyclists away from names you might also know: Porsche, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
The Stelvio range reflects Giulia’s ranks of sedans in front of the powertrain. That means an 8-speed automatic transmission across the board, along with the inline A1-2.0, turbocharged, but Stelvio distinguishes itself with a standard all-wheel-drive system, even in Quadrifoglio. The system is relatively light and can send 100 percent torque to the rear wheels and up to 60 percent in the future.
Alfa Romeo designed a real dancer with Stelvio, offering a very fast steering and tight and agile suspension. The charming paddle shift, meanwhile, keeps drivers constantly connected (provided they get Sport Package).
2018 Stelvio comes standard with a rearview camera, but other safety features require one of two Driver Assistance packages. Choose both, and you’ll get front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. In terms of self-choice, pay attention to the larger 8.8-inch Alfa infotainment system and the Sports Package.
Stelvio is available in three trim, basic, Ti, and Quadrifoglio high-performance levels (Italian for “four-leaf clover”). On top of the overall model, there is a Sports Package available for both, while Lusso (“luxury”) is the final availability item for Ti. Prices start at $ 42,990 (including $ 995 destination fee) for the cheapest model and are likely to continue into the $ 75,000 range for the untested Stellvio Quadreformli. Alfa said it would announce prices close to the date of sale of the model, in the first quarter of 2018.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Suv
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Styling
Stelvio basically took Giulia’s styling and put it on stage. It wears a face almost identical to its low-riding cousin. The higher stelvio wears it better – the alpha “trilobo” grille looks more natural on the crossover, which can hide the visual visuals of the design better.
His profile looks better than Giulia. The two-box shape Stelvio left the designer’s room to sculpt the shells like the back of the greenhouse. This is a gorgeous organic form that is a welcome reprieve from the aggressive angular design preferred by brands like Lexus offerings.
At the back, the small, sharp back window swept the rear seat laid out firmly while the rear bumper seeped off the cannon like a cannon, giving the following hints a good picture of Stelvio’s performance potential.
Stelvio’s cabin has some components that are cheaper than the competition, but the pieces that are important for driving are equally beautiful and good to use. The core is a standard flat-bottomed steering wheel with a thinner rim but quite grasped. The stop-start button sits at position 7:30 from the airbag pocket, inspired touch that looks directional and feels very natural to use. Behind the wheel there is a set of paddle shampoo mounted on the column. Large and made of metal, they are the focal point of the Sport trim level.
Stelvio’s chairs wear leather as standard and have an elegant look that you would expect in a vintage car. Stelvio Ti will upgrade the hides, while Sport Package adds a large side bolt. The designer carries real wood and aluminum trim to the dash, while clear plastic is kept to a minimum. Overall, this cabin is a wonderful place to spend a long drive.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Suv
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Features
The list of solid standard equipment and wide range of luxury and performance makes Alfa Romeo Stelvio competitive, while a solid warranty should give the owner peace of mind.
All 2018 Stelvios comes with power features, 18 inch wheels, LED taillights, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, 7.0 inch screen in instrument cluster, 6.5 inch infotainment system that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Compatibility later this year, an 8-speaker stereo, and a power lift elevator for $ 42,990, including a $ 995 destination charge.
Ti trim adds $ 2,000 to the price tag and carries wood trim, heated leather seats, an 8.8 inch infotainment system, SiriusXM satellite radio, 19 inch wheels, and front parking sensor.
Package selection is relatively simple. Base Stelvio owners can add a $ 1,800 Sports Package and get a 19-inch alloy, sport-tuned suspension, gloss-black window surrounds, sporty steering wheel and gorgeous rowing shifter. A Driver Assistant Assistance Package costs $ 800 and adds a blind-spot monitor, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dimming mirrors. Advanced safety equipment is available in the Driver Dynamic Assistant Package which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, advanced impact warning with automatic emergency braking, and departure departure alert.
Finally, the $ 795 Cold Weather Package adds a heated front seat, a heated steering wheel, and a heated washer nozzle.
Stand-alone equipment at the base of Stelvio includes navigation for 6.5-inch infotainment systems and an upgraded 8.8-inch screen.
Stelvio Ti completes the ante with many additional options, including the exclusive Sport and Lusso package. The Sports Package costs $ 2,500 and adds all the same equipment to the stelvio mats plus sports seats and 20-inch alloy wheels. Lusso Package adds upgraded leather to seats and steering wheel, leather-docked dashboard, and wood trim.
Ti Performance packages are available on non-Sport models and add active suspension, mechanical slip differential differential, and paddle shifter mounted on the column. The same package is available for Ti Sport, including the included rowing shampoo. Alfa Romeo will announce a price for this package later this year.
This all sounds good.
However, it does not correspond to Alfa Romeo’s reputation for reliability (or lack thereof). Alfa offers a 4,000 year warranty of 50,000 miles in Stelvio. The 5,000 year old warranty covers the powertrain, while the first service is free. It’s better than most of the main cars, but far behind free maintenance, you’ll get an F-Pace or XT5.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Performance
Dollar-for-dollar, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is one of the most capable, dynamic, and fun-to-drive crossover SUVs on the market.
The two layers of the Stelvio machine reflect Giulia. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 builds 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque on the podium and Ti models. This machine must keep the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, and the owner of Audi Q5 at night.
There is little hyperbole in the workplace there. Turbo-4 blew the base engine in the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC300, and Audi Q5, while it was quite grumbling to hold it against the optional powertrains V6-X3 and Q5. Strong performance from jam and ride through redline, with wide flat torque curve kicking crossover nearly 4,000 pounds in pants when needed. Stelvio can reach 60 times faster than other basic models in this segment, arriving there in 5.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 144 miles per hour.
The 2.0 liter partner in crime is a fantastic 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. This is an inconspicuous transmission when the DNA drive mode selector is in Nature, kicking as needed and holding the gear when appropriate. This is good in Advanced Efficiency, shifting short while saving fuel.
The transmission potential comes to full life in Dynamic mode. The shift is fast and almost brutally hard. It’s unlike any other SUV we’ve ever drove, with high-rpm gear changes providing a quick kick in the back. The changes are smooth and fast in downshift, so do not be surprised if, like us, you start using manual mode just for giggling.
Stelvio is not an automotive back defender, capable of running only in a straight line. It’s a four-wheeled ballerina. This is one of the most agile and fun vehicles in its segment, easily tailored to the sublime handling of Jaguar F-Pace. The perfect 50-50 weight distribution ensures a beautiful balance and neutral handling character that is willing to play if you drive it properly. Stelvio is good in the form of Ti Sport, but adaptive suspension and the next differential differential slip on the Ti Performance Package should provide a sharper handling as they arrive later this year.
Divine steering intervened on behalf of Stelvio. Lightning fast with 11.8: 1 steering ratio and very precise, the steering feels natural and gains weight well. It’s very talkative, giving the driver a clear idea of what the front axle does. Feedback is generally very good through seats. It does not keep track of all that well at highway speeds and can be tiring, but the trade-offs around the bend are invaluable.
We will assess some of the criticisms in the Stelvio brakes. Alfa Romeo uses an electric brake pedal that records the input and transmits it to the computer, which directs the brake caliper action. It is a fantastic system in high dynamic or moderate dynamic conditions. It’s also almost impossible to stop Stelvio smoothly at the speed you’ll encounter in areas with high traffic.