Alfa Romeo Stelvio review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2019 infotainment (LHD)
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RRP £39,620What Car? Target Price from£38,196

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Stelvio is priced similarly to rivals like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport and generous discounts are available from dealers, as well as through our hassle-free New Car Buying Service. 

It is, though, not expected to hold onto its value as well as those rivals after three years, and, with no hybrid or plug-in hybrid in the range, none of the engines will prove especially cost-effective as a company car. Like its conventional petrol and diesel rivals, the Stelvio will sit in the higher benefit-in-kind tax brackets. Its official fuel economy is also very similar to that of its rivals.

Equipment, options and extras

Entry-level Super models have 18in alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, the infotainment system mentioned earlier, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers. 

You then have the choice to go for a sport-lead trim, called Sprint, or the more luxury-focused Lusso Ti. Both get 19in alloy wheels, while the former has aluminium inserts, a sporty steering wheel and part-leather seats, while Lusso Ti adds wooden panels, leather on the dashboard and heated leather seats. 

There’s also the top-level Veloce trim, which comes with the highest powered petrol or diesel engine, and gets 20in alloy wheels plus sporty leather seats.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2019 infotainment (LHD)

Reliability

The Stelvio didn’t feature individually in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Alfa Romeo as a brand finished in a very respectable 11th place out of the 31 brands featured. While the duration of the brand’s warranty is a fairly standard three years, it’s worth noting that there are no mileage restrictions.

Safety and security

The Stelvio scored a full five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests as most of its rivals did. It impressively outscored the Audi Q5 for adult occupant protection, too, but the Q5 is better at protecting child occupants, and the Volvo XC60 remains the class-leader for safety, with higher individual test scores.

There is plenty of driver assistance and safety tech that features as standard on the Stelvio; lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and driver attention assist are all included, as well as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, while adaptive cruise control is standard on all but entry-level Super trim.

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Overview

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers alluring looks, entertaining handling and a decent equipment list. For the money, though, there are better all-rounders that have more polished interiors, even better driving dynamics with a more comfortable ride, and more space inside.

  • Good to drive
  • Uncomplicated infotainment
  • Smooth automatic gearbox
  • Rear space not as generous as rivals
  • Fidgety low-speed ride
  • Noisy diesel engines

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