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MSRP: $40,545 - 80,245

6.9

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Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 5.8
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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers athletic handling and a powerful engine lineup. It lands near the bottom of our luxury compact SUV rankings, however, because its interior quality is less than impressive, and it comes up short on passenger and cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Engaging handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Unimpressive cabin quality
  • Some confusing infotainment features
  • Below-average cargo space
  • High base price

New for 2019

  • Rear-wheel drive now standard
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard
  • Heated rear seats optional

Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio a Good SUV?

Despite the Stelvio's poor ranking, this luxury compact SUV boasts agile handling and strong engines across its lineup. Most everything else about the Stelvio, however, is just OK – or worse. Cargo space is modest, while passenger space is among the worst in the class. The cabin also has more low-rent materials than many of its competitors.

Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

We recommend bypassing this Alfa Romeo for one of its more well-rounded class rivals, such as the sporty Jaguar F-Pace. If a luxurious interior is your priority, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is a much better choice than the Stelvio.  

Compare the Stelvio, F-Pace, and GLC »

Should I Buy a New or Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio for the 2018 model year as the brand’s first SUV. Major changes for 2019 include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment, and heated rear seats as a new option. Though all-wheel drive was standard in the 2018 Stelvio, the 2019 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. You can likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2018 Stelvio instead of a 2019.

Compare the 2018 and 2019 Stelvio »

We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 19 Alfa Romeo Stelvio reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Stelvio is the right new car for you. This 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio full review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2018 and 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cost?

The base 2019 Alfa Romeo has a starting price of $40,545. All-wheel-drive models cost an additional $2,000. The midlevel Sport, Ti, Ti Lusso, and Ti Sport trims cost $42,545, $44,745, $47,245, and $47,545, respectively. The high-level Quadrifoglio trim starts at $80,245.

The Stelvio's primary competitors are comparably priced. The Mercedes-Benz GLC starts at just over $40,000, while the Jaguar F-Pace is a little over $42,000. The Porsche Macan has a higher starting price, at nearly $48,000.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Jaguar F-Pace?

Like the Stelvio, the Jaguar F-Pace is one of the better picks in this class for driving enthusiasts. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive, this Jag has responsive steering and solid road grip. It offers a lineup of four intriguing engine options, including a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. However, no F-Pace model can keep up with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s power. Inside, the F-Pace offers a little more rear-seat room than the Stelvio, along with one of the largest cargo holds in the class. Cabin quality is slightly better with the Jaguar as well. With comparable prices, you're better off going with the F-Pace, unless you want the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s 500-plus horsepower rating.

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Porsche Macan?

The Porsche Macan has better performance than almost every vehicle in this class, including the Stelvio. The Macan has sports-car-inspired handling, and all four of its engine options deliver thrilling acceleration. The high-end Macan Turbo dashes from zero to 60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds. Both of these SUVs have similar cargo capacities, and their second-row accommodations are so-so. When it comes to everyday utility, there's no reason to go with one or the other. The Macan boasts an exquisite interior with premium materials and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, that all comes at a cost of almost $48,000, making it one of the most expensive SUVs in the class. If you can afford it, the Macan is a great choice.

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Mercedes-Benz GLC?

If elegance is what you're after, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz GLC. This German SUV comfortably seats adults in both rows, and it has a long list of features. Standard driver assistance technology like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring complement the GLC’s excellent crash-test scores. Although it can’t match the Stelvio's performance, the GLC is no slouch. . It has balanced handling and a supple ride, while high-performance AMG models have muscular engine power.

Compare the Stelvio, F-Pace, and Macan »

Stelvio Interior

How Many People Does the Stelvio Seat?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV seats five. It features standard niceties like leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. There's plenty of support for long drives, and optional upgrades like the sport seats have better side bolstering to keep you in place when cornering. However, the Stelvio isn’t as comfortable as some other luxury SUVs, with its firm leather and hard headrests.

Second-row accommodations are pretty typical of a compact crossover, with head- and legroom that are decent but not ideal. Taller adults may also feel short on headroom because of the sloping roofline.

Stelvio and Car Seats

The Stelvio has two complete sets of rear-seat LATCH connections and an additional tether anchor for the middle seat. Like in many luxury vehicles, the lower anchors are behind plastic flaps. This makes them easy to find, but the anchors are recessed and hard to reach. Installing a rear-facing infant car seat requires moving the front passenger seat nearly all the way forward.

Stelvio Interior Quality

Many Italian cars deliver top-notch craftsmanship and exquisite interiors, but the Stelvio is not one of them. There's a general lack of satisfying fit and finish for how the whole thing is put together. While this Alfa Romeo features real wood and metal trim pieces along with standard leather seats, it also has plenty of cheap-feeling plastic surfaces. Quadrifoglio models up the sportiness factor with carbon-fiber trim and contrast stitching.

Stelvio Cargo Space

The Stelvio has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 56.5 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold down the rear seats. Though both numbers fall short of the class averages, the Stelvio's cargo space is more practical than those numbers might suggest. The second row folds nearly flat and the load-in height is low, so it's easy to get heavy stuff into the car.

Stelvio Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Rather than a touch screen, the Stelvio’s infotainment system has a standard 6.5-inch display that is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console. It takes some practice to navigate through the system's menus, but there are physical controls to adjust the volume and temperature.

For 2019, Alfa Romeo added standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is a welcome respite from the regular infotainment system and its learning curve, so we suggest hooking up your phone for a more streamlined experience. The Stelvio's display screen gets knocked for some sub-par graphics, and the standard 6.5-inch screen is somewhat small for a luxury vehicle. You can opt for a larger 8.8-inch display, however.

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Stelvio Performance

Stelvio Engine: Two Awesome Choices

The 2019 Stelvio comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 280 horsepower. That's one of the highest outputs in the class for a base model, and the engine is a nice fit for daily driving. You'll have no problem taking off quickly from a stop, and the eight-speed automatic transmission rockets through the gears to get you up to cruising speeds. Some test drivers think that the transmission’s upshifts are too quick though.

If the regular Stelvio is Dr. Jekyll, then its high-performance alter ego is the wild Mr. Hyde. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine good for 505 horsepower. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds, making it one of the fastest SUVs you can buy. The Quadrifoglio comes standard with high-performance Brembo brakes and a performance exhaust, and it can be equipped with carbon fiber Sparco racing seats and carbon ceramic brakes.

Stelvio Gas Mileage: Nothing Special

The Stelvio gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, its highway mpg rating drops by 1. These estimates are about average for the class. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a different story, however. It delivers only 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Stelvio Ride and Handling: Carve It Up

The 2019 Stelvio delivers dynamic handling for an SUV. It may feel more like a high-riding, athletic car given how well it handles sharp turns on twisty roads. The steering is light, which makes it easily maneuverable in tight parking lots. Some reviewers have noted it could deliver more road feedback for the driver.

For 2019, the Stelvio comes standard with rear-wheel drive. That could increase its sporty chops, but you can still opt for the dependable road grip of all-wheel drive.

This luxury crossover maintains a comfortable ride at lower speeds or on broken city roads. At highway speeds, the stiffer suspension results in a slightly harsher ride.

Read more about performance »

Stelvio Reliability

Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Reliable?

As of this writing, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio does not have a predicted reliability rating.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Warranty

Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That coverage is common for many luxury cars and SUVs.

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Stelvio Safety

Stelvio Crash Test Results

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio hasn’t gone through crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It likely won't, either, as is the case for many luxury or performance vehicles, including the 2018 Stelvio.

Stelvio Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the Stelvio include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. There are also several safety options, including front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Alfa Romeo Stelvio Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes in six trim levels: base, Sport, Ti, Ti Sport, Ti Lusso, and Quadrifoglio. The base model is well-equipped with amenities like leather seats, five USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Most of the Stelvio's optional features are optional in the base model, so this is likely the best value. You can add individual options or packages to get the features you want and balance that with your budget.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio costs $40,545 and comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, five USB ports, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a power liftgate, proximity key entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

The optional Cold Weather package ($800) adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated washer nozzles. The Navigation package ($1,900) includes an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, navigation, and satellite radio. Other optional features include heated rear seats, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, a dual-pane sunroof, and a hands-free liftgate. 

A few packages add driver assistance features like front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport

The Stelvio Sport has a starting price of $42,545. It adds a few upgraded appearance features, larger wheels, a sport steering wheel, column-mounted paddle shifters, and a sport-tuned suspension.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti is priced at $44,745 and comes with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors, satellite radio, and the 8.8-inch infotainment screen. It's available with many of the same options and packages as the base model, along with a performance package that includes paddle shifters, an active suspension, and a limited-slip differential.  

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport  

The Stelvio Ti Sport is similar in features and options to the regular Stelvio Sport, though it comes with standard 14-way power-adjustable front sport seats for $47,545.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a starting MSRP of $80,245 and features 14-way power-adjustable performance seats up front, leather and suede upholstery, a performance steering wheel, upgraded brakes, a torque-vectoring differential, specially tuned steering and active suspension systems, a Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Options for the Quadrifoglio include a leather- and suede-trimmed steering wheel, Sparco carbon fiber racing seats, and ultra-high-performance carbon ceramic brakes.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a luxury compact SUV that deserves your consideration if you value potent engines and good driving dynamics. In areas like interior comfort and cabin materials, however, the Stelvio lags behind the high standards set by its rivals.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Most crossover SUVs trade heavily on their ability to move things and ferry people. The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, however, prioritizes the driving experience over such plebeian concerns. It strives to be the driver's pick among premium compact crossover SUVs - vehicles that generally aren't known for their dynamic attributes. … There are compromises, of course. The Stelvio gives up some cargo volume and towing capacity to its competitors, while the interior is a mixed bag of material choices. But if you're searching for a sport-oriented premium crossover, this is one of the best." -- Edmunds
  • "Staring down the gun barrels that are the Lexus RX, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and their ilk, the Stelvio carries a heavy weight in terms of keeping the historic brand's U.S. return forging ahead while duking it out in the thick of a huge, well-heeled market. I went in skeptical and came away impressed. You just might, too." -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "Though the Alfa Romeo is late to the premium-crossover SUV party and must compete with popular rivals like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Stelvio looks like one of the most interesting guests. [It] boasts power, performance and premium appeal. If we can add a fourth ‘P’ to that list, it's ‘passion.’ The Stelvio has an intrinsic allure and natural dynamism that could be just the keys to cracking its competitive segment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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