By Al Qalam correspondent
Named after a mountain pass in northern Italy, the Italian flair of the new Alfa Stelvio is a breath of fresh air. It’s a distinguishable, dramatic attention grabber. And it comes as no surprise that Alfa has opted for an SUV too- like Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche a while ago. It is certainly about sales volumes and the logic of the market.
The outside of the Stelvio is eye-catching –the inside; less so. Wood and aluminum options add a sense of luxury but other makes tend to do a better job in this regard.
Nonetheless, the interior is spacious with generous storage space, good sized cup holders and even some hidden compartments.
Front seat passengers have unbelievable leg room and welcomed space at your feet.
Rim levels & features
This compact, all-wheel-drive luxury SUV comes in a base Stelvio and a Quadrifoglio that will follow. The Stelvio has a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine which offers a power output of 206 kW (280 HP) and 400 N.m of torque. The gearbox is an 8 speed automatic one and response is not too shabby. Features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, xenon headlights, roof rails, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery and adjustable drive settings. Technology features include a large driver information display, a 6.5-inch central touchscreen, a rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, four USB ports (two in front and two charge-only ports for rear passengers) and an eight-speaker stereo system.
The steering is precise and quick. So, while the exterior is eye-catching the drive is memorable too. It leaves you with an energized sense of excitement. It is to be noted, however, that the vague brake pedal feel might be annoying for some drivers.
The Stelvio is 1660kg with some German competitors much heavier. This makes for a more exhilarating 0-100.
The Stelvio’s compact dimensions mean it doesn’t have as much cargo space as many of the SUVs in its segment. And this pretty one is not meant to go seriously off road.
Fun, but safe
The Stelvio has an air of safety about it. Its impressive that it received the Euro NCAP 5-star rating with a 97% score in the protection of adult occupants. An Integrated Brake System, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian detection and Lane Departure Warning go a long way in terms of adding to safety.
Price in SA
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super – R810 000
Alfa Romeo First Edition – R946 000
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is sold with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 6-year/100 000km maintenance plan as standard.