The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover receives a mild nip and tuck. The updates include newly available active safety features, an updated infotainment system that promises better graphics and faster response times, and an enhanced interior with a new shifter, steering wheel design, and console.
Choosing Your Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Stelvio is available in three trims: Stelvio, Ti, and Quadrifoglio. Pricing ranges from $42,640 including destination for a base model to $82,040 for a Quadrifoglio.
Buyers can also choose a sub-trim. The base Stelvio can be had in Sport form, while the Ti is available in Lusso, Sport, and Sport Carbon variants. Quadrifoglios stand alone as the flagship of the lineup.
Most Stelvios will come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but the Quadrifoglio houses a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||280 hp||306 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|2.9L Twin-Turbo V6||505 hp||443 lb-ft||19 mpg|
Rear-wheel drive is standard on the base trim, but all other models come standard with all-wheel drive. AWD is a $2,000 upgrade on the base Stelvio. Both engines come paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are optional, but every model clicks off 100-millisecond shift times.
The base engine offers class-leading figures, which is appropriate from a brand that bills itself on performance. It gets the Stelvio from 0-60 mph in a very respectable 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 144 mph. The V6 will stampede to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 176 mph.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a five-seat crossover. The second row enjoys a good amount of head and shoulder room, but its 36 inches of legroom is a bit tight for the segment. It slightly trails the competing Audi Q5 and BMW X3, and is especially put to shame by the 39.5 inches found in the Cadillac XT4.
Cargo area also isn't anything particularly noteworthy. There are 18.5 cubic feet of it behind the second row; fold it down and 56.5 cubic feet of space becomes available. Total space beats out competitors from Cadillac and Audi, but its dedicated cargo area is significantly smaller than what's found in the Cadillac, Audi, and BMW.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors. The Ti also gets front parking sensors, while only the Quadrifoglio gets standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
On the base Stelvio, the Driver Assistance Dynamic Package ($1,200) is how buyers can equip adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring and front parking sensors are bundled with auto-dimming side mirrors, a leather shift knob, and a leather steering wheel for $800.
The Ti is available with an Active Driver Assist Package ($3,250), which brings adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, a driver attention monitor, traffic sign recognition, and traffic jam assist. This only costs $2,000 on the Quadrifoglio thanks to its additional standard features.
The Stelvio enjoys updated infotainment set up for 2020, beginning with its newly-standard 8.8-inch touchscreen with UConnect. The updated software boasts additional customization options, faster haptic response speeds, and improved graphics.
It also includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a Performance Pages section that allows users to track key performance metrics. Three USB ports are standard, while the Quadrifoglio gets navigation included.
Navigation is $1,200 on the base Stelvio and Ti, and a wireless charging pad is a $200 standalone option across the lineup.
The standard Stelvio comes well equipped for the price: besides the infotainment system previously discussed, there's six-way power front seats, leather upholstery, remote start, keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone climate control. On the outside, it's equipped with 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and power-folding and heated mirrors.
Some of our favorite options include the $200 hands-free power tailgate and $1,350 dual-pane sunroof. The Cold Weather Package ($800) adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated windshield nozzles.
The Stelvio Sport sub-trim costs another $1,450 but includes paddle shifters, a racier body-colored appearance kit, 19-inch wheels, and a sport-tuned suspension.
Holding down the middle of the Stelvio lineup is the Ti trim. It adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors, real wood interior trim, 19-inch wheels, and chrome door sills.
A Ti Performance Package is $1,650 and comes with an active suspension, paddle shifters, and limited-slip differential. Heated rear seats can be added for $350.
The Ti Lusso sub-trim is an extra $2,500 and brings 12-way leather seats of an exclusive design, 10-spoke chrome wheels, and an abundance of leather-covered surfaces. The Ti Sport, also an extra $2,500, adds 14-way power front seats with more bolstering in addition to the contents it brings on the standard Stelvio.
The Sport Carbon is essentially a Ti Sport with a dollop of carbon fiber ladled on. There's carbon fiber mirror caps, grille, and interior trim, as well as special dark exterior trim and badging. Twenty-inch dark aluminum wheels hiding signature brake calipers embossed with the Alfa Romeo script complete the look.
Sitting comfortably atop the Stelvio family tree is the Quadrifoglio. This fire-spitting crossover is a force to be reckoned with. Besides its 505-horsepower engine, it includes a torque-vectoring rear differential, carbon-fiber driveshaft, and multi-mode drive mode selector that can tailor it to the conditions at hand.
The Quad also boats the quickest and most direct steering rack in the segment. All of this resulted in a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51 seconds – a time that, until only recently, was the fastest recorded lap time of any SUV or crossover.
Most of the upcharge for the Quad goes towards its exotic powertrain, but Alfa was generous enough to include a few extra standard features. These include 20-inch wheels, eight-way power front seats, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, and genuine carbon-fiber trim.
Most of us can't swing for the barnstorming Quad, but the 280-hp four-cylinder used in the rest of the lineup isn't a bad consolation prize. We'd get our 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the Ti Sport sub-trim. Not only is it well equipped, it most convincingly looks and plays the part of a sporting crossover, which is exactly what the Stelvio is.