Predictably, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz dominate the compact luxury sports utility vehicle market, departing the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio for everyone Italianistas, the Alfisti, and independent thinkers preferring to roam the roads less traveled within the Sports utility vehicle less driven.
For 2020, the Stelvio is updated with a brand new infotainment system having a standard 8.8-inch display boasting improved graphics and functionality. Upgraded advanced driving assistance systems also debut, including what Alfa Romeo calls “Level II autonomy.” Other changes incorporate a revised driver information system, a redesigned center console, a brand new controls, and exterior packages that add extra attitude. Otherwise, the 2020 Stelvio is identical small Sports utility vehicle with serious sporting potential. In the end, it’s named following the Stelvio Pass within the Italian Alps, is dependant on a rear-wheel-drive platform distributed to the brand’s Giulia sport sedan, and has a near-perfect weight distribution. So, it’s gotta be fun they are driving. Which is.
Unmistakably Alfa… In the Front
Viewed in the front, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is unmistakable for other things. Its V-formed grille, narrow and determined-searching headlamps, and broad lower air intakes happen to be visual signatures of the trademark for many years. Around back, though, the voluptuously rounded Sports utility vehicle is less distinctive.
Inside, the Stelvio TI Lusso is clearly luxurious. It appears, feels, and smells this way. The exam vehicle’s Crema-color cabin went overboard, though, put on the carpets and mats, which soil easily. Quality is really a mixed bag of premium materials along with a couple of flimsy-feeling components. Design is improved upon for 2020 with a brand new center console offering more space for storage, and when you’ve acclimated towards the infotainment controls around the center console and also the controls, while using stereo becomes natural. The exam vehicle incorporated lovely aluminum paddle shifters that become qualified as a thing of beauty to driving enthusiasts. However they crowd the control stalks in it, resulting in the driver to from time to time fumble while using the turn signals or wipers.
Underscoring the Compact A part of Compact Sports utility vehicle
Because of the test vehicle’s near-$60,000 cost tag, its insufficient seat ventilation would be a notable omission, especially on sunshine spent underneath the open dual-pane glass sunroof. Otherwise, the Stelvio was reasonably comfortable. With eight-way power adjustment, locating a proper driving position demonstrated easy. But the possible lack of seat bolstering when tossing the Sports utility vehicle lower a twisty road meant I needed to anchor myself in position while using controls — never ideal.
Rear seat space is snug, although not uncomfortable. This really is, in the end, a concise Sports utility vehicle. Ac vents, heated cushions, and USB ports improved matters. Cargo space is cramped, too, at 18.5 cubic ft. Narrow between your wheel wells, the burden floor accommodates full-size suitcases underneath the cargo cover should you put them on their own sides, however they’re tight from the hatch. Make certain to put duffel bags or backpacks inside first. Folding the trunk seats results in a much bigger 56.5-cubic-feet cargo hold.
New Infotainment System
Although it looks much like what Alfa offered within the Stelvio in 2019, the infotainment product is completely upgraded for 2020. First, the 8.8-inch touchscreen technology is standard instead of optional, also it boasts improved graphics and functionality. However, I discovered radio stations station pre-sets at the base from the screen to become from time to time unresponsive to my fingertips. Like this past year, the machine includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, along with a one-year free trial offer subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
The touchscreen remains smaller sized than you’ll get in some competitors, but besides the responsiveness problem pointed out above, it really works well. The not compulsory 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium seem product is rewarding, too.
New Safety Technology
Additionally to some reworked infotainment system, the 2020 Stelvio gains an up-to-date package of driver-assistance technology. Within the Active Driver Assist option package, they include new Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist driving aids. Traffic Jam Assist is really a low-speed semi-autonomous system which makes the commute less demanding, while Highway Assist is really a lane-centering assistance system.
I didn’t test the previous (thanks, office at home), however the latter works together with level of smoothness and precision. It’s not a hands-free system, however, shutting lower whenever you forget about the controls. Also, possibly because of the Stelvio’s extremely quick steering, the driver is continually conscious of the automated corrections towards the SUV’s course. I preferred driving without them. Additional aspects of the Active Driver Assist package include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, active blind-place assistance, a driver monitoring system, and traffic sign recognition capacity. Alfa Romeo features a forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as standard equipment for each Stelvio.
Turbocharging, Carbon Fibre, Paddle Shifters, and DNA
All Stelvios aside from the Quadrifoglio possess a turbocharged 2.-liter four-cylinder engine making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-foot of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission along with a carbon-fiber driveshaft power the SUV’s rear wheels, or all when you purchase the accessible all-wheel drive.
Alfa Romeo quotes a -to-60-miles per hour acceleration duration of 5.4 seconds, which feels accurate through the seat of my pants. Peak torque can be obtained from 2,000 revoltions per minute to 4,800 revoltions per minute, yet apart from a momentary delay because the automatic engine stop/start system restarts the engine, the Stelvio feels spirited in the get-go. The vehicle’s Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency (DNA) driving modes adjust vehicle behavior. Based on the Environmental protection agency, my test vehicle should’ve came back 24 mpg. I acquired 19.8 mpg. However, I spent time and effort using the DNA selector in Dynamic mode making good utilisation of the paddle shifters. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is yet another animal entirely, outfitted having a Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V6 cranking out 505 hp and 443 lb-foot of torque.
Supple in Metropolitan areas, Sporty in S-Curves
With respect to the trim package, a sport-tuned front suspension can be obtained. My test vehicle’s Performance package incorporated an adaptive damping suspension, a restricted-slip rear differential, and transmission paddle shifters. Using more than 4,000 pounds of curb weight to handle, along with a taller center of gravity compared to Giulia sedan that this Sports utility vehicle shares its platform, the Stelvio’s suspension enables someone wobble and mind toss. The ride also feels too soft, even just in Dynamic mode. Simultaneously, though, a Stelvio with adaptive damping glides over road imperfections, maintaining relatively supple quality of ride.
On the twisty mountain road, the Stelvio comes alive with you. Fast, sharp steering and also the lengthy, slender paddle shifters help a driver to create quick work of twists and turns, and both 20-inch tires and wheels and also the SUV’s relatively flat cornering stance engender confidence. On the road, the steering is simply too fast. Slight inputs produce greater response than expected, also it takes getting accustomed to.
Undeserving of Wallflower Status
Using the 2020 Stelvio, Alfa Romeo launches an Italian rocket in to the thick from the compact luxury sports utility vehicle segment. There’s an abundance of competition here, making the Stelvio’s significant design, engaging driving character, and marque history critical differentiators — if buyers even take serious notice.
Heavyweights within the segment range from the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. The Jaguar F-PACE, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Porsche Macan, and Volvo XC60 also play within this European sandbox. Asian competitors range from the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, and Lexus NX, none which hold the same amount of savior faire because the Alfa or its Old Country brethren. Cadillac transmits the XT4 for this battlefield while Lincoln fields the Corsair, neither to the Alfa’s abilities. Can Alfa Romeo compete against such an array of alternatives? Yes. But consumers must provide the Stelvio an opportunity.
Special in the Sea of Sameness
Though certainly more dependable than Alfa Romeos in history, the Stelvio hasn’t established a effective record for reliability since it ongoing buy for that 2018 model year. Consider you’re probably prone to lease it, as well as the warranty may last for 4 years or 50,000 miles and includes 24-hour towing assistance, maybe that doesn’t matter.
Maybe what matters most is always that you’ll never see yourself coming so on in this particular Vehicle. What can I’m speaking about with this? Inside my La suburb, Audi Q5s, BMW X3s, and Mercedes-Benz GLCs are normal. However, you rarely go to a Stelvio. Making this Alfa Romeo a lot more special.