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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super 2.2 diesel 210hp AWD
The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s mid-size SUV that goes up against cars such as the Audi Q5. The car is named after the famous Alpine road full of hairpin bends that the Stelvio’s sporty handling can more than support. The Stelvio Pass was also featured on Top Gear as one of the best driver’s roads in the world. The car is Alfa Romeo’s first proper foray into the growing SUV sector.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is very much focused around the driving experience. Alfa has done a first-rate job of tuning the Stelvio’s suspension so that it is firm yet, cleverly, isn’t at all jarring which can be a flaw of other sporty cars. The lack of bodyroll from the firm suspension means that the car not only turns into corners eagerly, but there’s also great feedback to the driver about what’s going on at the wheels. The seats are incredibly supportive and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. All versions are powerful enough to make the Stelvio feel quick, which is a trait that suits the premium SUV. It also means that motorway cruising and overtaking are well within the stride of the Stelvio. All the engines are also refined, no matter what the speed.
• 2.0 200hp, 161g/km CO2 (31% BIK), 40.4mpg
• 2.0 280hp, 161g/km CO2 (31% BIK), 40.4mpg
• 2.2 180hp, 124-127g/km CO2 (26-27% BIK), 58.9-60.1mpg
• 2.2 210hp, 127g/km CO2 (27% BIK), 58.9mpg
• 8-speed automatic
There are four trim levels in the Stelvio range, although the entry level version doesn’t have a specific name. Above this sits Super, Speciale and Milano Edizione.
Super (in addition to entry)
Speciale (in addition to Super)
Milano Edizione (in addition to Speciale)
Alfa Romeo has kept the line-up of the Stelvio wonderfully simple, which makes selecting the best one straightforward for company car drivers. The Super trim level adds vital sat nav to the generous standard equipment. This should help residual values, and front parking sensors that also come with Super spec will be a boon to drivers too.
As for the best engine, we’d go for the 210hp diesel because there’s only the smallest of penalties on CO2 over the lower-powered version and this is mainly down to the option of two-wheel drive on the 180hp diesel. All the 210hp versions come with four-wheel drive, which also helps the car to feel secure on the road in all conditions.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s interior is a snug and cocooning place, which helps the sporty feel to the car. What’s particularly impressive is the way the car feels smaller and more nimble from the driver’s seat than other cars in this class. The dashboard and controls are very well designed with attention to detail clearly evident at the front of the cabin.
The infotainment and sat nav control screen is also very simple to use.
There’s plenty of room for two adults in the rear seats, however the boot, at 525 litres, is a touch behind that of rival SUVs.
The Alfa Stelvio is a welcome breath of fresh air in the mid-size premium SUV sector. The styling is wonderfully distinctive and elegant, while the driving experience is right up with the class best. What’s more enthusiastic drivers aren’t penalised on BIK taxation for opting for the quicker versions.