Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review With svelte styling, a quality interior, sharp oakley outlet store handling and a range of efficient engines, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a competent SUV that's up against some very established competition cars like the Mercedes GLC, BMW X3, Jaguar F Pace and even the Porsche Macan.
Later in 2017 there will be a complete range that should appeal to families, company car drivers and even performance fans thanks to a wide range of efficient petrol and diesel engines including a super hot Quadrifoglio version with 503bhp.Along with its near mechanically identical sister the Giulia compact executive saloon the Stelvio is a product of Alfa Romeo turning over a new leaf. With new platforms, engines, on board technology and a new styling direction, it's fair to say the Giulia and the Stelvio are make or break cars for the charismatic Italian brand. Best 4x4s and SUVs on sale right nowThe Giulia has all the ingredients to be a success; on early inspection the Stelvio, due on sale in late summer 2017, should follow its sister and finally make Alfa Romeo a credible rival to premium German brands and Jaguar.You could say the Stelvio's nearest competition is the Jaguar F Pace. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is in fact very similar to the F Pace; it comes from a company that has a legendary history in producing sports vehicles, had fallen a little on hard times and has ambitions to take on German premium rivals that have traditionally been thwarted by a lack of products and investment.Jaguar is somewhat closer to where it wants to be than Alfa. It has created a new platform and invested in a new factory to build engines and as such is spawning vehicles in sectors that all use the same architecture and drivetrains but this is the path which Alfa Romeo now intends to tread.Look at the Stelvio and it's very much a similar story to that of the F Pace. It would seem Fiat Group is finally investing in the Alfa Romeo brand and allowing it to have its own products using its own architecture no Fiat Punto based Alfa Romeos here, but brand new ones on new platforms. The complex new 'Giorgio' platform is being used for the Giulia and the Stelvio and a raft of other models will spawn from it too.Most of those new products from 'Giorgio' are likely to be SUVs because that's what's appealing to most European, American and Chinese customers. Like it or not, SUVs are selling in big numbers, and luckily for the Alfa Romeo brand aficionados as well as new customers who've never bought an Alfa before, the Stelvio is an SUV that has a lot of positives. It's not a jacked up saloon car with compromises, soggy handling and poor interior space; it's not another Maserati Levante that's for sure.The Stelvio arrives in the UK in summer 2017 but so far the Italian brand has been tight lipped on prices and even specifications. It's fair to assume though that in the UK the Stelvio will be modeled on the Giulia, so expect the range to kick off with a standard 'Stelvio' model which should have a 6.5 inch colour infotainment screen, DAB, ambient lighting, an electric tailgate, rear parking sensors and the Giulia's roster of safety kit all thrown in, such as autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.Super, Speciale, Veloce could also feature as could a company car friendly Technica. A hot 503bhp Stelvio Quadrifoglio to rival the Porsche Macan Turbo and new Mercedes AMG GLC 63 S is confirmed for the UK and will arrive in late 2017 or early oakley retailers 2018. However, the Stelvio isn't expected to undercut its rivals from BMW and Jaguar. The most popular version expected to be the diesel Super is likely to cost around 37,000.For the time being it's quite simple when it comes to engines there's a 2.2 litre diesel with two power outputs and for petrol there's a mildly hot 2.0 litre turbo petrol and the full fat Ferrari developed 2.9 litre oakley jawbone lenses V6 with 503bhp. Just like the Giulia there will be no manual gearboxes offered, with just an eight speed automatic shared with BMW and Jaguar available.While some will mourn a new wave of Alfas not having manual boxes, Alfa is moving with the times in this part of the market and, happily, the eight speed auto new oakleys shifts sweetly and, if you spec them, can come with gorgeous aluminium shift paddles on the steering column. These luxurious items almost make up for the lack of a proper manual option. There's likely to be a choice of two and four wheel drive too.Despite the increased ride height, the Stelvio drives as sweetly as the Giulia. It's sharp, grippy with little body roll even if this does come as the cost of ride comfortThe Stelvio and its sister car the Giulia are brand new sheets of paper for Alfa Romeo, and as such the company has made sure both cars are as competent as possible.One such area is the handling not only are the suspension and sub frames made from aluminium but also the bonnet, doors and the tailgate. It weighs just 1,659kg (with fluids) and that's more than 100kg lighter than the Jaguar F Pace a car that is already made substantially from aluminum and the Stelvio also has 50:50 weight distribution. As such the Alfa is the lightest in its class and coupled with impressive levels of structural rigidity, it translates to excellent handling characteristics.Most Alfa Stelvios sold in the UK will probably be the all wheel drive Q4 versions with the rear wheel drive models propping up sales, but that doesn't mean Q4 owners will miss out on the fun. The Stelvio is an inherently rear wheel drive car the all wheel drive system sends power to the rear wheels 100 per cent of the time, and only splits the power between the axles with an electronic clutch when the car slides.It means the Stelvio is huge fun to drive. The agile chassis and rear wheel drive biased set up is one thing, but the Stelvio also has crisp, sharp steering too. Perhaps not as 'feelsome' as a Jaguar F Pace's or a Porsche Macan's, the Stelvio's steering isn't far behind turn into a corner and there's more artificial resistance than feedback from the road but it's still a good sensation and gives confidence. The Stelvio changes direction sweetly and thanks to the fancy weight saving materials used, it feels light on its feet too.To make the Stelvio handle much like the Giulia saloon, Alfa's engineers have given the Stelvio stiffer springs. It means that while you sit 190mm higher than in the Giulia, the Stelvio has the cornering characteristics of the lower to the ground saloon. The downside is that the ride is a little harder than it should be for an SUV. Even on some smooth tarmac in Switzerland, the Stelvio felt jittery and a little flustered. But Alfa insists that like the Macan and F Pace the Stelvio is a road based SUV it eschews off road driving modes of the type you'd find on a Land Rover Discovery Sport, however there is a downhill descent system on the Stelvio.Alfa is very proud of the fact the Stelvio was designed from the outset to have a range of powertrains from efficient to diesel to a fire breathing Mercedes AMG baiting Quadrifoglio version. So, along with the lightweight aluminum parts, all Stelvios get a carbon fibre prop shaft something that's unheard off for all versions across a model range. What we do know for the time being is that the initial engine range will consist of two petrols and one diesel although the diesel range could stretch to three.The petrol range includes a 2.0 litre, four cylinder turbo petrol with an impressive power output of 276bhp and 400Nm of torque. Naturally with such figures it's a very punchy unit with the full engine's power being felt from just over 2,000rpm with 0 62mph coming up in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. Q4 all wheel drive is expected as standard but the noise from the engine could be a little better considering this is the 'warm' version an SUV with 276bhp should have a soundtrack to match its impressive performanceTopping the petrol range is the Quadrifoglio. Featuring racy styling, carbon ceramic brakes and a 2.9 litre V6 engine developed by Ferrari, the Quadrifoglio will be a rare but interesting sight on British roads. It'll be quick too the V6 develops 503bhp and features launch control and all wheel drive.It's the diesel that will tempt most buyers though. The 207bhp 2.2 litre unit is used in a variety of Fiat Group cars most notably the Alfa Giulia saloon, and it's a decent engine. It pulls strongly and despite it being a four cylinder it's surprisingly refined more so than Jaguar's equivalent 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel. In the UK it'll likely be offered as standard with Q4 all wheel drive; European buyers will be offered a lower powered 148bhp 2.2 with rear wheel drive and a 178bhp Q4 version and while these are unconfirmed for the UK, they are likely be made available here to tempt company car drivers away from comparable Jaguar F Paces, Audi Q5s and Mercedes GLCs.We don't know the full performance and fuel economy figures for the Stelvio range, but the diesel is looking promising. Initial published figures for the 178bhp diesel which could yet change are promising though.Preliminary data shows the Stelvio diesel actually surpasses its German rivals for efficiency the diesel should emit just 127g/km of CO2. A less powerful Audi Q5 pushes out 132g/km, while the older BMW X3 xDrive 20d emits 142g/km. Expected combined economy for the Stelvio diesel is 58.8mpg which is on par with rivals. Even the 2.
0 litre petrol powered Alfa will return 40mpg with 161g/km CO2 emissions.Naturally, the Quadrifoglio version with its 503bhp 2.9 litre V6 petrol engine will be the least frugal and the most costly to tax version but expect it to be comparable to a Porsche Macan and the forthcoming Mercedes AMG GLC 63 S.
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