2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review & Ratings. Alfa Romeo, a brand synonymous with sports cars that combine beautiful Italian design with historically dodgy reliability, now makes a crossover. The Stelvio is named after what is quite possibly the best driving road in the world, and the automaker would have you believe that it is the most purely focused driver's ute in the world.
To that end, the Stelvio boasts a perfect 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, a fast 12.0:1 steering ratio, and an all-wheel-drive system that's tuned to send 100 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels whenever possible. All of those bits add up to an SUV that's genuinely fun to drive on winding roads. Think of the Stelvio as an Alfa Romeo Giulia with a suspension lift kit that puts you 2.5 inches higher off the tarmac. Yes, those stilts mean the crossed-over Alfa isn't quite as sharp as the Giulia, but the Stelvio isn't at all dimwitted. It's a true Alfa Romeo, in spirit and in execution, right down to its standard carbon-fiber driveshaft.
The Stelvio shares its 111-inch wheelbase and its double-wishbone front and Alfa Link rear suspension systems with the Giulia. That's not to say that the Stelvio drives as well or looks as good as the Giulia. The crossover is 2 inches longer and 8.9 inches taller than the sedan from which it was born.
Alfa Romeo's return to North America continues with the addition of the Stelvio luxury SUV to the line-up for 2018. At launch the Stelvio is available in base and Ti trims, both with Q4 all-wheel drive and a 280-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include a full-suite of the latest technology, such as full-speed forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross path detection and parking sensors. Standard features include Bi-Xenon headlights, power liftgate, rear camera and rear parking sensors, stop-start system, garage door opener, 6.5-inch touchscreen audio system, leather seating, 18-inch aluminum wheels and dual-zone climate control. The Ti adds 19-aluminum wheels, heated seats, real wood trim, satellite radio, 8.8-inch touchscreen, front-rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel and heated washer jets.The Stelvio is all-new for 2018.
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