Sunday, 13 September 2020

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review


2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio


While others are busying themselves sweating details such as fuel economy, cargo space, and long-term reliability, you could be raising your pulse driving the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio on your favorite curvy back road. 

This Italian thoroughbred is one of the sharpest driving of its ilk and it borrows heavily from the also-entertaining 2020 Giulia sports sedan. A turbocharged four-cylinder provides decent power, while the cabin offers a driver-focused layout and a stylish design. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Speaking of styling, we think the Stelvio looks great and it certainly stands out among blander designs from Acura, Audi, and BMW. 

The fact that Alfa Romeo's reputation for reliability is checkered is a reason to hesitate, but driving enthusiasts will find plenty to love, and the Stelvio's charms may outweigh those concerns.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

What's New for 2020?

An all-new infotainment system is featured prominently on the 2020 Stelvio's dashboard and features an 8.8-inch touchscreen interface that's prettier, easier to navigate, and can be customized to the driver's preferences. 

A handful of new driver-assistance features are now available as options, including a semi-autonomous driving mode, and Alfa Romeo has made autonomous emergency braking a standard feature this year. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The interior has been elevated slightly, with a redesigned center console, improved knobs and switches, and an available wireless smartphone-charging pad. 

Sport, Ti, and Ti Lusso models now come with a body-color exterior design kit that replaces the black plastic lower cladding with painted pieces for a sportier look.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos - The  Car Connection
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The best level is the Ti model with the Performance package. It comes with more standard equipment than the Sport—including all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, aluminum door-sill protectors, and front and rear parking sensors. 

The Performance package adds an adaptive suspension and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential that turn up the heat on the Stelvio's performance.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Stelvio's turbocharged four-cylinder sends a hearty 280 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission with your choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. 

While this power-train was effortlessly and sounds great, the Stelvio's sole setup—aside from the high-performance Quadrifoglio—eliminates choices for the buyer and limits towing to a maximum of 3000 pounds. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

During daily driving, Its raspy exhaust note sounded enthusiastic and appropriate for this application. In addition to its beautiful design, the Stelvio boasts athletic handling and a compliant ride. 

Even with its 20-inch wheels, While its maximum cornering grip was similar to rivals, the Alfa is the alpha dog when it comes to driving engagement. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The chassis, which is shared with the Giulia sedan, had damping that was composed and comfortable. 

Although the Stelvio's steering isn't as sharp as the Giulia's, its light effort and quick reflexes were still exceptional—especially for a crossover.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Like the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio offers a stylish interior and a comfortable driving position. Sportier models can be had with carbon-fiber trim, but those seeking a more upscale appearance can choose wood inlays. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Leather upholstery covers the Stelvio's supportive seats and handsome aluminum accents adorn the dash, doors, and center console. 

The Stelvio has some useful storage tricks up its Italian sleeve, but with a small cargo area behind the back seat, it's not the most capacious crossover among this set. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Although the Alfa's other cubbies only held average amounts, I appreciated the useful smartphone slot between its cup-holders and the tray near the driver's left knee. 

The center console also has a nifty removable tray at the bottom.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio - Interior & Exterior Photos
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Infotainment and Connectivity

The new infotainment system comes only in one size—8.8 inches—and although it now features a touchscreen, Alfa has retained the handy rotary controller on the center console as a redundant control. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are standard; navigation is optional.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Stelvio has not been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

The Italian-bred crossover is available with a host of high-tech safety and driver assists. Unfortunately, almost none of them are standard. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking
  •  Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  •  Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

  • 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Despite the company's reputation for reliability woes, Alfa Romeo endows the Stelvio with average warranty coverage.

  •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles.
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