2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Pros

  • Among the more fun-to-drive compact luxury crossovers available
  • Powerful and exciting engine
  • Distinctive styling and wheels help it stand out in the crowd

Cons

  • Somewhat snug back seat
  • Low tow capacity versus segment
  • Odd brake pedal feel makes it hard to modulate easily


Which Stelvio does Edmunds recommend?

While the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers an enjoyable experience at all trim levels, the Ti outfitted with the Sport package represents the best of what this SUV has to offer. The Ti provides a more premium experience, adding more attractive interior materials and heating for the front seats and steering wheel. The Sport package completes the experience with supportive seats, great-looking 20-inch wheels, satisfying shift paddles, and your choice of red, black or yellow brake calipers.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.3 / 10

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the latest entry into the compact luxury crossover SUV crowd. It differentiates itself through an appeal to emotion and driving enjoyment. To that end, it boasts distinctive styling, a powerful engine, and a name borrowed from a winding road in northern Italy.

Though the name might seem a better fit on a sports car, the Stelvio backs it up with sharp handling, accurate steering, and an engine that's eager to break speed limits. Indeed, Alfa Romeo has ensured that driving enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy about this SUV, from outfitting Sport trims with satisfying and enormous aluminum shift paddles to offering a rear locking mechanical differential.

The third vehicle Alfa Romeo has introduced during its return to the United States, the Stelvio is based largely on the Giulia sedan, sharing its powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, chassis and trim levels. Also like the Giulia, the Stelvio will also be available in a high-performance, turbo V6-powered Quadrifoglio variant that will be available early next year.

Favoring sport means a few trade-offs when it comes to utility. The Stelvio is a little smaller than most of the SUVs it competes against, resulting in a more compact second row and tighter cargo volume. Its towing capability falls on the low side, and it is not intended to go off-road. The interior is also a little plain when compared to other options.

Still, the Stelvio's appeal rests on its special charm and character, and for that we think it's worth your consideration.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio configurations

The 2018 Alfa Romeo is a compact, all-wheel-drive crossover luxury SUV that's available in three variants: a base Stelvio, luxury-oriented Ti and high-performance Quadrifoglio that will be available early next year. The solidly equipped base and Ti models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (280 horsepower, 306 pound-feet of torque) and an eight-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. The Quadrifoglio is a different animal entirely, with its stiffer suspension tuning, stickier tires and Ferrari-derived twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (505 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque).

The base Stelvio comes standard with features such as 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, Brembo brakes, xenon headlights, roof rails, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats 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 Ti comes with more standard equipment, including 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, an 8.8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

A Sport package, available for both trims, adds larger diameter wheels (19 inches for base, 20 inches for the Ti), different exterior and interior trim, paddle shifters and stiffer suspension tuning. On top of that, the Ti gains sport front seats with power-adjustable bolsters.

A Ti-specific Performance package (late availability) adds a driver-adjustable adaptive suspension and a rear mechanical locking limited-slip differential, while a Ti Lusso package adds upgraded front seats, additional leather upholstery and upgraded interior trim.

Additional safety features are available through separate Static and Dynamic driver assistance packages. The former adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and auto-dimming mirrors. The latter includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and auto high beams.

A Convenience package adds an adjustable rail cargo system, 115-volt auxiliary power and cargo net, and is available with or without a hands-free liftgate. Both the base and Ti offer a similar pool of stand-alone options that include navigation, Harman Kardon audio, a dual-pane sunroof, and a variety of wheel types and exterior colors.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

8.0
From a powerful turbocharged engine to quick, precise steering, the Stelvio's focus on driving engagement is sure to make your commute more memorable. Still, a slight hesitation when accelerating from a stop and a vague brake pedal feel might be annoying for some drivers.

Comfort

8.0
The Stelvio's sporty intentions doesn't come with the expected penalties to ride quality. Higher-spec Ti trims gain more comfortable and 12-way adjustable seats, though the second row may seem cramped to larger passengers.

Interior

7.5
The flamboyance of the exterior doesn't continue inside. Available wood and aluminum trims add a sense of luxury, but the overall impression is somewhat plain. You'll find richer interiors inside most competitors.

Utility

6.0
The Stelvio's compact dimensions mean it doesn't have as much cargo space as many of the SUVs in its segment. Its tow rating is at the lowest of the group, and it is not intended to go off-road.

Technology

6.0
A rotary controller and straightforward graphics make the entertainment system easy to navigate, though it could use a back button. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality arrive in the fall; models sold before then will not be able to upgrade.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio video

CARLOS LAGO: Welcome to Nashville. I've flown out to test drive the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The Stelvio is a compact, luxury-oriented SUV that competes against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes Benz GLC, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F pace, and on and on. The list is so long because this is a very hot and very competitive segment. So you've got to stand out. Now, the way Alfa Romeo does this is they've named the Stelvio after a very curvy road in the Italian Alps. It's kind of a strange thing. You would typically think a name like that would be reserved for a sports car, but not for Alfa Romeo. The Stelvio name indicates what Alfa Romeo is trying to do with this car, what they want to convey with this car. And that's a sense of driving passion and driving enjoyment. Inside and out, this is a very unique and parts of it very attractive look that sets it aside from the typical luxury compact SUV. There's a purposefulness to the design that says, this is something that has sporty intentions. I mean, just look at the wheels, for example. The latest Alfa Romeo wheels look amazing. Some parts of it might be hit or miss but that's for you to decide. I still go back and forth on the front end of this car, though the rear, the rear 3/4, especially this thing, looks nice. The same is true inside. It's an interior that almost might seem plain, but it's a careful use of materials in it. Its simplicity gives it an attraction that will make it seem at home on the day-to-day usage. Now, every Stelvio except for the high performance version comes with a turbocharged two-liter four cylinder that makes 280 horsepower and 306 pound/feet of torque. Attached to that two-liter turbocharged four cylinder is an 8-speed automatic and all Stelvios come with all-wheel-drive. It's a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. And most of the time it's directing 100% of the available torque to the rear wheels. But in rare instances, it can set as much as 60% up to the front end. Now, this is supposed to help give it a more natural-feeling sensation when it comes to handling. Although you probably have to be pushing it to notice the effects or be a very astute super sensitive driver. So those kinds of things. The ride is on the firmer side and it's controlled nicely. You don't get a sense that this thing weighs the 4,000 pounds or plus that it does weight. And that's really nice. Driving a sport version of the Stelvio, which comes with these enormous aluminum shift paddles, they kind of look like they're novelty size. And there's a couple of things about these shift pedals that are actually pretty nice. When you put this thing in manual mode and start relying on them, they hold gears even if you run into red line. They want to make this experience like driving a manual vehicle. One of the things we have noticed, though, is that this car employs a brake-by-wire system. There's no mechanical connection between the brake pedal and the brakes themselves. It's all done electronically. And this can-- most of the time it feels OK, but occasionally you do get this sense of uncanny valley, where the response isn't as linear as you would like from a brake pedal. You press on the pedal sometimes and it can take a fraction of a second longer to ramp up the brake response that you're looking for. General driving, it's fine. It just takes some getting used to. The acceleration is impressive. When you come to a stop there's a bit of a delay. Part of it's because of turbo lag. There's only so much you can do running a ton of boost through a small displacement engine. But once this motor gets going, it has no problem developing speed. The goal of this vehicle to make driving more engaging, more satisfying, more fun than your typical luxury SUV, I think they've done a very good job at that. At least in this initial impression. Such that I've got to make sure I'm watching my speed, and it's Parkway here. I can't wait to get this car back to our office to do more extended testing on it. But for the time being, this looks like a very promising first drive.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

Jump in the passenger seat of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio as Senior Writer Carlos Lago test-drives Alfa Romeo's new luxury compact SUV in Nashville. Watch the video to find out if this unique-looking all-wheel-drive compact SUV, equipped with a 280-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, lives up to its sporty name.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$79,795
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
505 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Stelvio safety features:

Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus
Applies the brakes automatically if it senses a front collision is imminent in an effort to mitigate the damage.
Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop
Keeps pace with the speed of the car in front of you, even if that means slowing to a stop.
Departure Warning
Alerts you if it senses the vehicle unintentionally leaving its lane.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio for Sale

Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2018 Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
New 2018
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo of Washington, Dc
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MSRP$84,740
Est.Loan: $1,476/mo
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Dealer Notes
Alfa Romeo of Washington, DC is excited to offer this 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Want more room? Want more style? This Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the vehicle for you. Today's luxury vehicle is not just about opulence. It's about a perfect balance of performance, comfort and attention to detail. This 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the perfect example of the modern luxury. When the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was created, it was automatically enhanced by having the performance ability of all wheel drive. Not only will you notice improved steering and superior acceleration, but you can also rest easy knowing that your vehicle comes standard with increased stability and safety. This vehicle won't last long, take it home today.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2018 Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
New 2018
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Quadrifoglio
Criswell Maserati - Alfa Romeo
16.1 mi away
MSRP$85,340
Est.Loan: $1,483/mo
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Dealer Notes
Vulcano Black Metallic 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD 8-Speed Automatic V6 Stelvio Quadrifoglio, 115V Auxiliary Power Outlet, Adaptive Cruise Control wStop, Auto High Beam Headlamp Control, Cargo Comp Adjustable Rail System, Cargo Net, Convenience Package, Driver Assist Dynamic Package, Dual-Pane Sunroof, Infrared Windshield, Quadrifoglio Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel, Quick Order Package 24P.Recent Arrival!Check out our customer reviews and see why your friends and neighbors choose Criswell - We're Driven by You! Freight, sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge are additional. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. For additional information please contact Criswell Alfa Romeo Sales Department alfasales@criswellauto.com. www.criswellalfa.com.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2018 Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
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More about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a compact luxury crossover SUV intent on attracting buyers with sharp design, enjoyable handling and a powerful engine. It comes in two trim levels that, with exceptions, have similar access to options and packages, which include additional safety, luxury and performance features. Regardless of trim level and options, the Stelvio's pricing remains competitive with the segment, even when it's fully loaded.

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is offered in base and Ti trim levels that are differentiated by their level of standard features. Regardless, both trims come with the same powerful inline-four and eight-speed automatic. A high-performance Quadrifoglio model will be available early next year.

The base Stelvio doesn't skimp on style, boasting 18-inch wheels and chrome exhaust finishers. You'll find most typical luxury appointments inside, including 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and a digital gauge cluster. And while the 6.5-inch entertainment screen falls on the small side, it still supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For a small increase in price, the Ti ups the luxury and appearance elements by adding items such as 19-inch wheels, wood interior trim, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a larger 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment system.

A small handful of packages improve performance, luxury and safety aspects of the Stelvio, while à la carte options consist of a stereo upgrade and a dual-pane sunroof. A rear mechanical locking differential — a rarity in this segment — is available in a performance package. Fortunately, most packages and options can be ordered in conjunction, so you don't have to worry about missing out on a feature.

Considering its driving experience, the Stelvio is priced fairly when compared against its segment. That said, it biases more toward sport than utility and luxury; its interior can feel a little plain; and larger occupants might feel a little cramped in the back seat. Like all Alfa Romeos, the Stelvio is fresh to the market, so it'll be a few years before you know what to expect for resale value. When you've made the decision, Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio for you.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Overview

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is offered in the following styles: Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

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