The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the latest model from Italian manufacture since its returning to the United States market. Alfa Romeo is well known for passion in design and driving dynamics, so the SUV seems like a strange choice. But sharp styling, powerful engine and precision handling put Stelvio in the top ranks of a luxury SUV crossover.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is based on the Giulia sedan, and keeping the car sporty character intact means there sacrifice in utility. The Stelvio is slightly smaller than competitors, with decrease in rear seat space, cargo area and towing capacity. But a buyer who likes the Stelvio unique Italian character and advanced driving dynamics may find the lack of space is a reasonable bargain.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo is a compact crossover luxury SUV sold in three variants: a base, luxury-oriented Ti and high-performance Quadrifoglio.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio base and Ti versions are powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that develops 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy rating is reasonable at 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway).
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio model gets Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine good for 505-hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy stands at 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway).
Both powertrains come standard with an all-wheel-drive system and backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. In track testing, the Stelvio Ti Sport hit 60 mph in a quick 5.4 seconds, while the Quadrifoglio did it in 3.6 seconds.