When Alfa Romeo announced that they would be offering up a small SUV to go toe-to-toe with other luxury auto manufacturers, we kinda knew it was going to be special. But to look at the finished product is to realize that they nailed it – both inside and out.
Alfas have always had style to the fore but have been lacking in other departments but that could well be a thing of the past.
The Giulia sedan has done much to spur that Alfa revival and the Stelvio has much in common with it, sharing the same platform for a start.
Of course one could just admire the Stelvio from the outside indefinitely but the sultry Italian style extends to the interior too.
It has a modern ambience combined with a simple elegance and crucially does not feel lacking when it comes to quality.
If one were to be critical it would be to say that its German rivals still have the edge when it comes to fit and finish but the Stelvio really isn’t very far behind the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC – and that really is saying something.
One limitation I noticed is its rear windscreen, which is a little on the small side, but with the technology available these days to aid parking and manoeuvring that is something of a minor quibble.
There’s a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel, with the petrol delivering 200bhp or 280bhp, while the diesel is available with either 190bhp or 210bhp.