Alfa Romeo Stelvio review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£37,745
What Car? Target Price£35,736
Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2019 infotainment (LHD)
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you’re looking at the Alfa Romeo Stelvio as your next company car, it’s probable that you’re also considering an Audi Q5, and we’ve yet to recieve official figures for the Stelvio that will confirm how both models compare for benefit-in-kind costs. Previously, though, the entry-level Stelvio with rear-wheel drive and the least powerful diesel engine was rated one benefit-in-kind tax bracket below an equivalent Q5 with the same amount of power. As a private buyer, more concerning will be that the Q5 will retain a larger proportion of its value a few years down the line.

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 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Alfa Romeo as a brand finished in 25th 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, beating the likes of the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC for adult protection. It’s behind those two rivals for child and pedestrian protection, though.

There is plenty of autonomous driving and safety tech that features as standard, too; lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and driver attention assist are all included, as well as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2019 front wide right cornering (LHD)
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Verdict

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is one of very few cars that truly deserve the Sports Utility Vehicle billing. It has entertaining handling, enough space inside for a growing family and a sense of character that’s missing from German rivals. The latest version’s improved interior is a massive improvement over the original, too. There are better all rounders, but if you value the things the Stelvio does well, there is a strong chance you’ll absolutely love this italian SUV.

  • Fun to drive
  • Great steering
  • Smooth automatic gearbox
  • Restricted rear space
  • Grainy low-speed ride
  • Noisy diesel engines

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