- Drives more like a sport sedan than an SUV
- Beautiful Italian styling
- Well-equipped base model, sensational Quadrifoglio
- Slightly cramped back seat
- No hybrid option
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Expert Review
- An 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is now standard
- 7.0-inch instrument cluster screen features new graphics
- Updated interior design and materials
- New available driver assist systems
- Two new colors: Anodized Blue and Lunare White Metallic
Alfa Romeo's first modern production SUV gets a mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year. New colors, upgraded interiors, and additional available driver-assist tech headline the update. It rides on the same platform as Alfa's Giulia sedan and is meant to compete with other compact luxury SUVs including the Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Range Rover Evoque, and Acura RDX.
We think the Stelvio rocks. It carries the additional heft of a compact crossover but still delivers the nimble driving dynamics we loved in the Giulia. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder redlines a little lower than we'd like but it's a powerful little engine with plenty of character. The Quadrifoglio and its 505-hp Ferrari-derived V-6 make for such a great driving experience it participated and performed pretty well in our 2018 Best Driver's Car competition.
We also think this car is quite a looker, especially for an SUV. The trademark Alfa Romeo shield grille is present and powerful on the front end, sculpted side panels look fast even while parked, and the fastback rear end ties the design together rather well. It looks even better in Quadrifoglio spec with big wheels and plenty of aero bits. We also appreciated the well-designed cabin and our few quibbles (the plastic shifter and finicky infotainment) have been addressed since launch.
Non-Quad Stelvio models employ the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission as the Giulia sedan. All models are equipped with all-wheel drive, except the base Stelvio and Stelvio Sport which are also available with rear-wheel drive. The four-cylinder models produce 280 hp and 306 lb-ft—in our First Test an all-wheel-drive 2.0-liter Stelvio completed its 0-60 run in 5.4 seconds. For 2020 the four-cylinder models are rated at 22/28-29 mpg city/highway.
The top-spec Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that develops 505 hp and 443 lb-ft. It's also paired with an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive. That model hit 60 in just 3.3 seconds in our testing and is EPA rated at 17/23 mpg city/highway.
The Stelvio has not been evaluated by either major U.S. crashworthiness tester (NHTSA and IIHS), though it received a five-star overall safety rating from Euro NCAP when it was new as a 2017 model. Alfa has added new optional driver assist features for 2020 including highway assist, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and driver attention alert.
All Stelvio models seat five passengers, with 36.6 inches of legroom up front and 31.9 inches in the rear. Cargo volume measures 18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats or 56.5 cubic feet with the seats folded down.
For the 2020 model year, the Stelvio's 8.8-inch center infotainment screen is now touch compatible and standard on base Stelvios. The 7.0-inch TFT screen in the gauge cluster has updated graphics to display new active safety features and new connectivity features include a Wi-Fi hotspot, over-the-air firmware updates, and a mobile app with remote operations.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Base Stelvio models come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, eight-speed transmission, rear-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels, chrome roof rails, heated power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, auto-leveling bi-xenon headlights, LED tail lights, power liftgate, 7.0-inch color gauge cluster display, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and eight-speaker audio.
The Sport package adds 19-inch wheels, black exterior trim, painted brake calipers, and sport-tuned suspension.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti
Stepping up to the Stelvio Ti gets buyers all-wheel drive, dark gray oak wood trim, aluminum door sill plates, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, and front and rear park-assist sensors. It also makes available numerous option packages that aren't offered on the standard Stelvio, including Ti Sport, Ti Sport Carbon, Ti Lusso, Ti Performance, Ti Sport Performance, and the Active Driver Assistance package.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The top-spec Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped as standard with a 505-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, dual-mode quad-tip exhaust, high-performance Brembo brakes, torque-vectoring rear differential, sport-tuned active suspension, vented hood, 20-inch wheels, rear diffuser, and a unique grille. It also features leather and Alcantara sport seats, carbon fiber interior trim, 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio with subwoofer, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, upgraded leather interior, black headliner, aluminum sport pedals, column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, and blind-spot monitoring.