2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review
- Sharp steering and precise handling
- Powerful and exciting engines
- Distinctive styling helps it stand out from the crowd
- Snug cargo volume
- Missing some of the latest tech features
- Overly sensitive brake pedal
- No major changes for the 2021 Stelvio
- Part of the first Stelvio generation introduced in 2018
7.6 / 10
Who doesn't love spicy Italian? The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is even more fun to drive than it is to say its name out loud. Its engine is one of the best-sounding and most powerful V6s around today. And while it isn't the most practical SUV in an inherently impractical segment, it may just be the most compelling.
How does the Stelvio drive?
If you're an oddball seeking an SUV purely for the love of driving, this Stelvio was created for you. Save for a touchy brake pedal in stop-and-go traffic, the Quadrifoglio delivers everything at exceptional levels. Acceleration is wicked with a soundtrack to match, and the Alfa keeps pace with the larger V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GLC. It needed only 3.5 seconds to get from 0 to 60 mph in our testing. But speed doesn't come at the expense of smoothness. The V6 spins up quickly and works harmoniously with an eight-speed automatic transmission that always seems to be in the right gear. And if it isn't, there are large column-mounted paddle shifters at the ready to retrieve the gear you want.
Handling in the Stelvio is satisfying and entertaining enough that spending a day at the racetrack would be realistic. It still feels like you're in an SUV and grip isn't rib-crushingly high, but there's enough performance here to hold the attention of even the most experienced drivers. On public roads, this is way more car than you'll ever need.
How comfortable is the Stelvio?
With performance SUVs there's always going to be some concessions in comfort. The Stelvio's ride, thankfully, is stiff but not unbearable. The front seats have firm cushions and offer excellent lateral support. The centers of the seat cushions use suede to enhance grip, but they lack perforation and don't breathe particularly well.
The climate control uses knobs and buttons and can be accessed through the touchscreen as well. It maintains cabin temps pretty nicely, so it's mostly set and forget. Road noise is far from excessive. There is some wind noise at freeway speeds, but overall the cabin is well insulated. When you select the more dynamic driving modes, the engine comes through loud and clear, and it sounds amazing.
How’s the interior?
The Stelvio's infotainment system has a straightforward menu structure. A rotary dial and touchscreen interface provide good redundancy, though the touchscreen could stand to be a bit more responsive.
The driving position is excellent, with a good range of seat and steering adjustments to suit a wide range of body types. The interior feels relatively roomy, and the space is accentuated by open design. Rear-seat head- and legroom are sufficient for most adults, which surprised us since the sloping roofline looked like it would cut into available space. The one area that's lacking is visibility. All the Stelvio's roof pillars are thick and the view through the short, small rear window is a bit limited.
How’s the tech?
The navigation system is TomTom-based and features decent map functionality, but there's no live traffic data and you'll get better routing from a smartphone. That said, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is included and worked well for us. Our test model had five USB ports, a wireless phone charger and a couple of 12-volt sockets.
The advanced driver aids generally work well, though the Stelvio's lane keeping assist could be better. The backup camera resolution is also poor.
How’s the storage?
SUVs like this often sacrifice some U for S, and the Stelvio does make some compromises. Cargo space behind the rear seats is decent at 18.5 cubic feet, and the sloping roofline doesn't really impinge on cargo capacity. The rear seats fold easily through release levers in the trunk. Interior cabin storage is less impressive. A modest center armrest bin and door pockets offer some storage, but the glovebox is barely big enough to fit the owner's manual. There's no great place for sunglasses either.
Car seat anchors are easy to locate thanks to the flip-door access ports. Installing a car seat base was easy, but a large rear-facing seat was a hair too snug to fit behind a 5-foot-9 driver. And, though the standard Stelvios are rated to tow up to 3,000 pounds, the high-performance Quadrifoglio isn't rated to tow at all.
How’s the fuel economy?
The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg in combined driving (17 city/23 highway). We observed a reasonable 20.7 mpg on our 115-mile highway-biased evaluation route, which tells us that the estimates aren't far off base. And believe it or not, these figures are pretty good compared to those for the BMW X3 M and Porsche Macan Turbo. Your driving habits will make the biggest difference, and we can attest to the difficulty of restraining how much you dip into the twin-turbo V6.
Is the Stelvio a good value?
Alfa Romeo has struggled with both build quality and reliability in the past, but thanks to the improved switchgear and updated infotainment interface, this Quadrifoglio definitely feels higher-quality. Buttons and dials still don't quite meet the standard of precision set by Mercedes or Audi, but they no longer feel cheap and flimsy. The carbon trim looks tasteful, and all the leather-wrapped surfaces are nicely finished. But all this comes at a steep price, even when measured against the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
Alfa Romeo's four-year/50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranty is average for the segment, though rust-through coverage is a bit shorter. Your first service is complimentary within the first year, and roadside assistance is included for four years.
The Stelvio, especially in Quadrifoglio form, is an absolute riot on the road. It feels lively and eager, and its well-tuned electronics constantly encourage you to keep pushing. Just be aware: Its limits far exceed what you could reach on most public roads. But when you just want to relax and cruise, it won't beat you up with an overly stiff suspension or frenetic powertrain.
Its design may not be quite as alluring as the Alfa Romeo 4C's, but it's distinctive and still very Italian. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets more attention from passersby than most of its of competition too. And that can add up to a lot in this segment.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a small luxury SUV that aims to blend a premium feel with engaging driving characteristics all in a practical package. It certainly stands out in a crowd thanks to sharp looks that draw heavily from Alfa Romeo's other models, especially the Giulia sedan. It doesn't take long behind the wheel to see just where the engineers behind the Stelvio really put their resources. After a minor update in 2020 that included a new infotainment system and a revised interior, the Stelvio heads into 2021 without any significant changes.
We don't think the Stelvio has quite the premium and luxurious feel of the class leaders, but there are few SUVs in any class that are as enjoyable to drive as this Alfa. That's especially true in the frankly bonkers Quadrifoglio trim that will give any SUV from Porsche, Mercedes-AMG or BMW's M division a run for its money. Want to know more? Check out the in-depth evaluation categories of our Expert Rating to learn more about this year's Stelvio.
Which Stelvio does Edmunds recommend?
Alfa Romeo Stelvio models
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is available in four trim levels: Sprint, Ti, Ti Sport and Quadrifoglio. The Sprint, Ti and Ti Sport are all powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (280 horsepower, 306 lb-ft of torque) and use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance Quadrifoglio gets a significant bump in power thanks to a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine (505 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque).
The Sprint is the base trim for the Stelvio. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available as an option. Standard features include:
- 18-inch wheels
- Xenon headlights
- LED taillights
- Leather upholstery
- Power-adjustable front seats
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- 8.8-inch touchscreen display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- Power liftgate
- Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
- Front parking sensors
- Active Assist 1 package
- Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
- Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Stelvio and the car in front)
- Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
- Automatic high-beam headlights
- Front and rear parking sensors
The Stelvio Ti builds off the Sprint trim. It comes with standard all-wheel drive, plus:
- 19-inch wheels
- Heated front seats
- Integration navigation system
- Dual-pane sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
The Ti is also available with more options than the Sprint. These include:
- Active Assist 2 package. It's similar to the Active Assist 1 but also has:
- Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
- Lane keeping assist (steers the Stelvio back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
- Traffic sign recognition
- Premium package
- Household-style power outlet
- Adjustable cargo rail tie-down system
- Harman Kardon sound system
- Heated second-row seats
- Wireless device charging pad
The Ti Sport isn't much different from the standard Ti, adding a few sporty visual touches and some performance upgrades. Those include:
- Limited-slip rear differential (can enhance traction when accelerating)
- 20-inch wheels
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Sport steering wheel with column-mounted paddle shifters
- Sport front seats
- Aluminum interior trim
- Gloss black exterior trim
This is the hottest version of the Stelvio you can buy. It's one of the fastest and most powerful SUVs on the road today, but performance upgrades aren't limited to the Quadrifoglio's turbocharged V6. Other changes includes:
- Upgraded all-wheel-drive system
- Adaptive suspension
- Torque-vectoring rear differential (can enhance traction and handling balance when exiting corners)
- Leather and simulated suede sport front seats
- 20-inch wheels
- Brembo brakes
- Restyled hood, bumpers and grille
- Dual-mode exhaust
- Carbon-fiber interior trim
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Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 17 City / 23 Hwy / 19 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: all wheel drive
- Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
- V6 cylinder
- Horsepower: 505 hp @ 6500 rpm
- Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
- Length: 185.1 in. / Height: 66.3 in.
- Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 77.0 in.
- Curb Weight: 4313 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 18.5 cu.ft.
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.
- Highway and Traffic Jam Assist Systems
- Keeps pace with the speed of the car in front of you, even if that means slowing to a stop.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Alerts you if you unintentionally drift out of your lane.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. the competition
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Porsche Macan
The Porsche Macan is a top rival to the Stelvio. Both SUVs aim to be engaging to drive no matter what trim or options you get, and both feature styling that draws heavily from other models in their respective lineups. The Macan is smaller than the Stelvio, and adding options can quickly send the price soaring. Still, the Macan is one of the best-driving SUVs, even if it isn't as good at being an SUV as the competition.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of our favorite SUVs on the road today, excelling at just about everything we look for in a luxury SUV. It's comfortable and quiet, and it features an interior that looks and feels premium. It's larger inside than the Stelvio, and we prefer the GLC's tech, but we do think the Alfa edges out the Benz when it comes to pure driving pleasure.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. BMW X3
We don't think the BMW X3 is quite as good as the class leaders, but it shines in some areas that the Stelvio falls short in. Compared to the Alfa, the BMW's tech is far more refined and packs a wider range of features, and the interior and cargo area are much more spacious. We don't think the X3 is tops in any one area, but it does a lot of things well.
Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio a good car?
What's new in the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio:
- No major changes for the 2021 Stelvio
- Part of the first Stelvio generation introduced in 2018
Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio reliable?
Is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?
The least-expensive 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $81,250.
Other versions include:
- Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $81,250
What are the different models of Alfa Romeo Stelvio?
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Overview
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is offered in the following styles: Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What do people think of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Stelvio Quadrifoglio 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Stelvio Quadrifoglio featuring deep dives into trim levels including Quadrifoglio, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio here.
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What's a good price for a New 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio?
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $89,795. The average price paid for a new 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,822 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 6.5% below the MSRP.
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What is the MPG of a 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio?
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Quadrifoglio 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
19 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/23 highway MPG
|EPA Est. MPG||19|
|Transmission||8-speed shiftable automatic|
|Drive Train||all wheel drive|
|Passenger Volume||116.1 cu.ft.|
|Curb Weight||4313 lbs.|
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