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Alfa Romeo Enters The SUV Game With The Stylish Stelvio

Alfa Romeo have found great success with the new Giulia saloon, so having cracked the code to get into that market, it’s now entering the SUV market with the brand-new Stelvio, and just recently, we have been given all the specifications for it.

A duo of 2.2-litre diesel engines are offered, producing 180 or 210 hp, the latter reaching 62 mph in 6.6 seconds. Thanks to its 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, it still achieves 58.9 mpg, emitting 127 g/km of CO2. The lower powered diesel is the only engine that comes with rearwheel-drive as standard, with Q4 all-wheel-drive as an option. All other engines, diesel and petrol, are only available with Alfa’s Q4 system.
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In terms of petrol, there’s a pair of 2.0-litre units releasing either 200 or 280 horses. This one can reach 62 mph in 5.7 seconds yet still return a claimed 40.4 mpg. Thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution this comparably large SUV should feel more like a hot hatch than a weighty leaning tower in the corners.

Standard equipment on the first trim, aptly named Stelvio, is beyond what we have come to expect. It features 17-inch alloys, automatic lights and wipers, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Its lane departure warning system, autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning all mount up to give it no less than a 5-star Euro NCAP rating.
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Next up is the Stelvio Super, this time around with 18-inch alloys, a 7-inch TFT instrument display, European mapping for the satellite navigation, front parking sensors and part leather upholstery.
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Option three of four as we climb up the tree is the Speciale with its 19-inch alloy wheels, 35W bixenon headlights, heated and powered leather seats, heated steering wheel, power folding mirrors, red brake callipers and aluminium detailing.
Finally, the penultimate trim, the Stelvio Milano Edizione with, you guessed it, 20-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with courtesy lights, a reversing camera and sports seats.
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Pricing for this new SUV starts at £33,990 for the not-so-bland Stelvio equipped with the 2.2-litre 180 hp diesel engine and rear-wheel-drive, however the Stelvio Milano Edizione 2.0-litre 280 hp petrol with Q4 all-wheel-drive tips the scales at £45,390, and that’s before options!

The Stelvio is very similar to the Giulia in that, as opposed to tackling the Germans (in this case the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC), its pitching right up against the Jaguar with its FPace. The F-Pace offers similarly powered diesel engines with an additional budget 163 hp version, as well as some gutsy 2.0-litre petrol engines and a range of high powered V6s. That’s not to say we’d be foolish to expect a speedy Stelvio on our roads, maybe even with the 510 hp 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 taken out of the Giulia Quadrifoglio.