2019 Stelvio New Car Test Drive
Introduced as a 2018 model, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian automaker's first SUV. The Stelvio blends gorgeous Italian style with scintillating performance and a healthy helping of visual charm, along with luxury features.
For the 2019 model year, Stelvios get a new premium alarm system, plus the option of heated rear seats. Rear-wheel drive is now available for the base model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard.
Two new option packages add some visual flair to the Stelvio body. New Nero Edizione option groups can add blacked-out trim elements and unique 20-inch wheels. A Sport Carbon package adds considerable carbon-fiber trim to Sport models, while a Carbon Fiber package does likewise to the top-end Quadrifoglio.
Three basic trim levels are offered ? base, Ti, and Quadrifoglio ? along with Sport, Ti Sport, and Ti Lusso versions.
All Stelvios except the Quadrifoglio use a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mates with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
A 4-cylinder Stelvio can reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. A three-position Drive Mode selector is included, and aluminum paddle shifters are available.
Like the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio is offered in high-performance Quadrifoglio form, unleashing a Ferrari-sourced V-6 that whips up 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet. Acceleration to 60 mph occurs in a scant 3.6 seconds. Quadrifoglios now come with anodized brake calipers and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, among other performance-focused features.
No Stelvio has been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Safety options are offered in two packages. For $800, the Driver Assist Static package adds blind-spot monitors. The $1,500 Driver Assist Dynamic Plus package encompasses automatic emergency braking with forward collision-warnings, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot monitors..
Prices do not include $1,295 destination charge.
Base Stelvio ($40,295 with rear-wheel drive, $42,295 with all-wheel drive) has 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Sport ($42,295 with RWD, $44,295 with AWD) adds 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rack, aluminum pedals, and paddle shifters.
Ti AWD ($44,495) includes all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, woodgrain trim, heated leather seats, heated steering wheel, an upgraded 8.8-inch infotainment system, satellite radio, and front parking sensors.
Ti Lusso AWD ($46,995) comes with all-wheel drive, upgraded leather seats, aluminum roof rack, aluminum pedals, power lumbar support, and 19-inch wheels.
Ti Sport AWD ($47,295) has all-wheel drive, a torque-vectoring differential, Race mode, 14-speaker 900-watt audio, power front seats with lumbar support, adjustable bolsters, column shift, and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Quadrifoglio AWD V-6 ($79,995) includes the 505-hp V-6, all-wheel drive, heavily bolstered seats, 20-inch wheels, rear underbody diffusers, carbon-fiber trim, blind-spot monitors, adaptive suspension, and navigation. Carbon-fiber accents and carbon-ceramic brakes are available.
A Ti Performance Package adds adaptive suspension and a mechanical limited-slip differential. .