Alfa Romeo Stelvio Reviewed: A True Alfa Or Just Another SUV?

Customers have been abandoning traditional choices, such as mid-size sedans, and flocking to SUVs of all sizes for quite some time now, and automakers are more than happy to accommodate them.

Most of them, anyway, as Alfa Romeo was remarkable by its absence in that segment, despite having displayed an SUV concept, the Kamal, as early as 2003 at the Geneva Auto Show.

Well, the powers that be at FCA probably got their priorities wrong, which explains why Lancia was, practically, killed off, Fiat ending up relying mostly on the 500 and its offsprings and Alfa… Well, Alfa didn’t even have a full range to begin with, as the MiTo and Giulietta simply weren’t enough, and the much lauded 4C was a low-volume sports car that wouldn’t yield significant profits.

After a considerable amount of time, due to CEO Sergio Marchionne changing his mind quite often, it finally rolled out the Giulia, its first rear-wheel drive saloon since the 75. The thing is, the gestation period was simply too long, and by the time it hit the market SUVs were all the rage.

At long last, Alfa did reveal its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio, which shared many components with the Giulia, to the point that one could say that, essentially, it is a Giulia on stilts. Given the praise that the latter has received, though, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The 505HP Quadrifoglio was released first and, naturally, received plenty of praise in reviews. Carfection, though, got hold of a Stelvio powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that puts out 280PS and, let’s face it, will account for a large number of the sales, as the QV is acting as a halo car for the rest of the range.

Now, the question both the reviewer and ourselves are asking is whether the Stelvio remains true to Alfa’s sporty DNA or if it’s just another SUV devoid of any true Italian flair. After driving it in the Alps, they delivered their verdict, which you can watch in the following video.


  • Stelvio O Stelvio

    It looks much better in real life than in videos and photographs. My wife and test drove one and came away with huge smiles on our faces. Put your foot into it both hustles and handles. The interior is staunch and devoid of distractions, which is something we both liked. The caveat was FCA…under any other ownership and it would have shot to the top three on our list. Under FCA and it was just a matter a time until the recalls start coming in the mailbox. Too bad, as the Stelvio is a well designed and executed vehicle from both the interior and exterior styling with a solid build.

    • Dariush

      i like it alot too

    • Matthew Torchiana

      I totally agree. I saw one recently in, of course, Alfa Rosso, and it look amazing. It’s a little smaller physically then it comes across in pictures I feel, but and looking forward to having an opportunity to get behind the wheel and give it a shake down.

    • LeStori

      Think most of the recalls are from the C in FCA. . i.e. the USA part. Having dealt with USA Automotive manufacturers from the supply side, I am not surprised (product development engineer). I have owned Alfa Romeos continuously since 1979 and have yet to receive a recall. Typically drive around 80,000 miles, on average, before I buy a new one.

    • Deckard_Cain

      What’s the problem with recalls again?
      Every manufacturer issues recalls. You are here at Carscoops and they constantly post about all manufacturers issuing them. It’s not just FCA.

  • Matt

    The article is incorrect, the Stelvio QV was not released first, that was only the case with the Giulia.

  • Michelin

    Great car, I saw a few on the roads of my city and I love it. It is my dream for my next car.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    I drove the Stelvio many times now and is not a SUB is the SUV! Such a great car, a true sport car…

  • Alfa has the brand, and now got a good product as well. What they need now is build quality and then you can get an actual German beating cars.

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