2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review: Sport Trumps Utility

If you're on the hunt for a serious cargo-hauling SUV, you can stop reading now, because the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is certainly not that. While it may sit much higher off the ground than its Giulia sedan stablemate, this crossover puts the emphasis on compelling driving dynamics more than it does on a giant cargo area or even especially capacious passenger room. Power is derived from a 280-horsepower turbocharged engine with both grunt and attitude. Together with quick-witted steering and ravishing good looks, the Stelvio is a truly desirable SUV, but not one that you'd ever dream of taking off-road. An eight-speed automatic transmission further adds to the driving experience, and all-wheel-drive is available. The Porsche Macan has similar curbside appeal and sharp handling in this segment, but the real bosses are the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, both of which ride well and have spacious, beautifully appointed cabins. But they lack the Stelvio's sparkle - it may not be the best SUV at the price in the USA, but it's the one you'd most want to drive.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Stelvio?

As with the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo has made similar enhancements to the Stelvio's cabin design, infotainment system, and the available list of safety features. For 2020, the infotainment system makes use of an 8.8-inch touchscreen display with revised graphics, while the seven-inch TFT driver instrument cluster also has a fresh appearance. SiriusXM radio is standard with a 12-month complimentary subscription, while connectivity features like a Wi-Fi hotspot, vehicle finder, and a mobile app with remote operations are available.

The safety specification is more comprehensive than before, with standard full-speed forward collision warning and available technologies like highway assist, traffic sign recognition, and driver attention alert. In the cabin, there is a revised center console and steering wheel with improved materials and better storage for small items. For the exterior, two new colors have been added to the palette, along with newly available packages including an exterior carbon fiber package, a Dark Miron appearance kit, and a body-color appearance kit.

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading steering responses
  • Tidy handling always entertains
  • Turbocharged engine is powerful and sounds great
  • Striking design sets it apart from other SUVs
  • More driver assist features are available than before
  • Improved infotainment interface
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Most driver assist safety features cost extra
  • Seat cushions are rather firm
  • Build quality falls short of key rivals

What's the Price of the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

Bullishly expensive, the price of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio range starts off with the base model at an MSRP of $41,345. This is exclusive of a $1,295 destination charge, along with tax, licensing, registration, and any number of the many optional extras. Next in the line-up is the Sport at $42,795, followed by the Ti at $45,745, the Ti Lusso at $48,245, the Ti Sport at an identical $48,245, and the range-topping Ti Sport Carbon at $52,245. AWD is standard on all versions besides the base and the Sport, but it can be added as an option on both for an additional $2,000.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Ti Sport Carbon
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Ti Lusso
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2020 Stelvio Exterior

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Front Angle View
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Rear-Facing View
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Side View
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  • Length 184.6 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 66.0 in
  • Max Width 74.9 in
  • Front Width 63.5 in
  • Rear Width 65.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,044.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Anodized Blue Metallic +$600
  • Lunare White Metallic +$600
  • Stromboli Gray Metallic +$600
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$600
  • Montecarlo Blue Metallic +$600
  • Silverstone Gray Metallic +$600
  • Vesuvio Gray Metallic +$600
  • Vulcano Black Metallic +$600
  • Verde Visconti Metallic, Build Out: 03/03/2020 +$600
  • Verde Visconti Metallic +$600
  • Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Trofeo White Tri-Coat +$2,200
  • Alfa Rosso
  • Alfa White

2020 Stelvio Performance

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Rear View Driving
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Gear Shifter
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Brakes

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The high-riding SUV body style often doesn't equate to the most dynamic responses, but Alfa has done a commendable job of making the Stelvio feel sporty anyway. The steering is light, which makes the Stelvio feel easily controllable within the city, while its fast responses at higher speeds are atypical - in the most positive way - for a crossover. Ultimate grip levels are no higher than its competitors from Germany, but it's the way that the Alfa makes the driver feel connected to the experience that remains one of its strengths. The RWD models offer an especially sporty drive, but the AWD models have greater security and resist feeling clinical or dull.

Using Alfa's cheekily named DNA (Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency) driving mode selector, you can tailor responses accordingly. Dynamic mode increases throttle response and, when combined with the available paddle shifters and the powerful engine, makes for a genuinely entertaining driving experience. In the softer Natural mode, the Stelvio is comfortable and shakes off bumps admirably, although there is an underlying firmness that always reminds you of its sporty bent. The brakes are also effective when bringing the crossover to a halt, even from higher speeds, although response through the pedal isn't great - initially, the pedal travel produces only slight stopping power before suddenly biting down hard.

2020 Stelvio Interior

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Driver Area
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Infotainment System
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 36.6 in
  • Front Head Room 40.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.9 in

2020 Stelvio Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Central Control Panel
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Front Seats
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Open Trunk Lid

2020 Stelvio Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio A Good car?

It's hard not to love the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Sharing a platform with the Giulia sedan, Alfa's first production SUV shares many of that car's desirable traits. Not only is it fun to drive, thanks to a lively turbocharged four-cylinder engine and quick-witted steering, but it's also one of the most evocative crossovers around. Alfa's improvements this year have further bolstered the Stelvio's competitiveness, from the quicker infotainment system to the newly designed center console. There are a few issues that remain, however. The seats are too hard and the interior still isn't on par with the segment's best. Long-term dependability also raises a couple of question marks. Starting at a nearly identical price to the BMW X3, the Stelvio lacks the Bimmer's solidity, comfort levels, and cargo capacity. The same comparisons can be drawn with the Mercedes GLC and the Audi Q5. So no, it isn't the best SUV you can buy in the US, but as for maintaining that unquestionable Alfa 'spark', the Stelvio hits the nail on the head.

What Alfa Romeo Stelvio Model Should I Buy?

We'd go for the mid-range Ti. Not only does it get standard AWD, but it also gives you access to the most appealing options. We'd specify ours with the Ti Performance Package at $1,650 (active suspension, aluminum paddle shifters, and a limited-slip rear differential), and the Active Blind-Spot Package at $650. There are many more options to choose from, but they start sending the Stelvio's base price far beyond the $50k mark, so we'll settle on these additions for a more palatable total of $49,340 including destination.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Comparisons

Jaguar F-Pace Jaguar
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Alfa Romeo Stelvio280 hp22/29 mpg$45,950
Jaguar F-Pace 246 hp22/27 mpg$57,000
BMW X3 248 hp21/28 mpg$46,900

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar's approach to what a midsize luxury crossover should be isn't too dissimilar to Alfa's. Both of these SUVs handle more like sporty sedans than tall crossovers, and both are striking to look at. The base Stelvio's 280-hp turbocharged engine is more powerful than the F-Pace's and endows the Alfa with quicker acceleration off the mark, but you can also get the Jaguar with a supercharged V6 engine pumping out 380 hp, although it requires you to part with over $60,000. Both of these vehicles unfortunately also suffer from sub-par interior materials, especially considering their prices and the strength of the competition. When not fitted with a full-size spare wheel, the F-Type has a much larger 33.5-cubic-foot cargo area. The Jag also has more comfortable seats, but the cost of the Alfa Romeo Stevio is a lot lower and it has a better infotainment system following its latest upgrade. In a close call, we'd go for the more affordable Alfa at the lower end of the range, but the supercharged V6 F-Pace provides exceptional performance - at a price.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs BMW X3

As BMW's top-selling model in the US, the X3 has been a roaring success and is one of the segment stalwarts. It's not difficult to see why, because from the base X3 sDrive30i all the way up to the 382-hp M40i, every X3 is superbly constructed, has one of the best available infotainment systems, a spacious cabin, and plenty of cargo space. The Stelvio may be more engaging to drive, but the X3 grips tenaciously and rides with more composure. With a superior J.D. Power rating and a rock-solid cabin, it's likely that the X3 will prove the more dependable ownership prospect. Whether that's enough to steer you away from the Alfa's charming personality is up to you, but BMW had a significant head start in the SUV game and it's plainly evident in this match-up how much catching up Alfa has to do.

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