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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

The 2020 Alfa Romeo has robust engines, sharp handling, and a plush ride, but its interior lacks the high-end materials and cargo space of many competitors. We don’t give this luxury compact SUV an overall ranking or score because of incomplete safety and predicted reliability data.

Pros & Cons

  • Serene ride
  • Crisp handling
  • Potent engine options
  • Subpar interior quality and comfort
  • Below-average cargo space

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is unranked in Luxury Compact SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data.

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Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 5.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury compact suvs.
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Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio a Good SUV?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a decent luxury compact SUV. Its base engine produces more horsepower than the engines in most rivals, and its handling strikes a good balance between comfort and athleticism.

The Stelvio offers less cargo space than some competitors do, but it’s not as small as its published dimensions would suggest. This Alfa's seating is comfortable, though the upholstery is a bit stiff. Fit and finish, as well as cabin materials, are OK but not what you’d expect from a vehicle at this price point.

Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

While this Alfa isn’t a bad choice, there are some rivals that offer similar strengths and fewer weaknesses. The Mercedes-Benz GLC balances poised handling and a gentle ride with posh cabin materials, and the BMW X3 has a roomy interior and lively handling. You might even consider the Porsche Macan, which has carlike handling and a high-end interior.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

For 2020, Alfa Romeo added an 8.8-inch touch screen and forward collision warning to the Stelvio’s standard features list. Both amenities were available in older models, so you might be able to find a similarly equipped used Stelvio for less money than a new one.

The Stelvio has changed little since it was launched for the 2018 model year with standard all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay became standard for 2019, while heated rear seats became optional. To save the most money, look for a 2018 Stelvio with the features you want.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Stelvio and 2019 Stelvio reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Stelvio »

We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions with 22 professional Alfa Romeo Stelvio reviews.

This 2020 Stelvio review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cost?

The entry-level 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has a starting MSRP of $41,345, which is comparable to the starting prices of many luxury compact SUVs. The high-performance Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio starts at $80,445, which is less than the top-trim models of the Porsche Macan and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is a good luxury compact SUV. Like the Alfa, the Audi provides a smooth ride and engaging handling. The Q5 has more cargo space behind its rear seats, but the Stelvio has a higher maximum cargo capacity. What gives the Audi the upper hand in this comparison are its handsome cabin materials and cutting-edge available tech upgrades, including a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit.

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

The Jaguar F-Pace has a lot in common with this Alfa, and choosing between them will likely be a matter of personal taste. At the time of writing, both of these SUVs are unranked because they’re missing safety and predicted reliability data. While both vehicles have some drab cabin materials, they also offer robust engine options and dynamic handling. The F-Pace features a spacious cargo hold and more room for passengers than the Stelvio. On the other hand, the Alfa provides a smoother ride and costs around $3,850 less to buy than the Jaguar in its base trim.

Compare the Stelvio, Q5, and F-Pace »

Stelvio Interior

How Many People Does the Stelvio Seat?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio seats five people. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Heated front and rear seats are available, along with 12- and 14-way power-adjustable front seats, sport-bolstered front seats, carbon fiber racing seats, a heated steering wheel, and several sport-styled steering wheels.

The seats are supportive, but the leather feels a bit firm, and the headrests are hard. Head- and legroom are about average for the class.

Stelvio and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Stelvio’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat. To install a rear-facing infant seat, you’ll have to move the front passenger seat nearly all the way forward.

Stelvio Interior Quality

Alfa Romeo has made some improvements to the 2020 Stelvio’s cabin, including improvements to details like the control switches. Interior materials are mostly attractive, and available pieces like wood inlays help the overall look. Still, the Stelvio can’t match the luxurious feel or top-notch fit and finish of many rival crossovers.

Stelvio Cargo Space

This vehicle officially has 18.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet behind the front seats. These figures are below average for a luxury compact SUV. Also, the opening to the rear cargo space is narrow.

Some reviewers find that the cargo space is more generous than the official measurements would suggest. This could be because Alfa Romeo uses a different measuring standard. Before buying, examine this space to see if it fits your needs.

A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

Stelvio Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the base Stelvio include an 8.8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, five USB ports, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo, and satellite radio.

Available features include navigation, a wireless device charger, HD Radio, a 10- or 14-speaker stereo, and a dual-pane sunroof.

The infotainment system is easy to use. It has a customizable touch-screen interface and well-placed physical controls, including a rotary knob.

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Stelvio Performance

Stelvio Engine: Peppy

The base Stelvio has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 with an output of 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.

Whether you opt for the turbo or twin-turbo engine, you’ll get an energetic setup that crushes many rivals in both horsepower ratings and zero-to-60 times. Getting around town or moving along the highway will be no problem in this vehicle.

Stelvio Gas Mileage: Average

The Stelvio with the base engine and rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (28 mpg with all-wheel drive). These numbers are par for the course among luxury compact SUVs. Ratings for the Quadrifoglio and its twin-turbo engine drop to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Stelvio Ride and Handling: Alpha Alfa

This crossover provides a cushioned ride and nimble handling. The Stelvio’s precise steering and road grip make it an engaging SUV. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Stelvio Reliability

Is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Reliable?

At the time of writing, J.D. Power has not evaluated the 2020 Stelvio for predicted reliability.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Warranty

Alfa Romeo backs the 2020 Stelvio with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Stelvio Safety

Stelvio Crash Test Results

As is common for many high-end luxury vehicles, the Stelvio hasn’t undergone crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Stelvio Safety Features

Every Stelvio features forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Several more driver aids are available. These include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a driver condition monitor, traffic jam assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Also available is highway assist, which helps the car attain semiautonomous self-driving capability.

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Stelvio Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Stelvio is about 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,885 to 4,360 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Built?

Alfa Romeo builds the 2020 Stelvio in Italy.

Which Alfa Romeo Stelvio Model Is Right for Me?

Alfa Romeo offers the 2020 Stelvio in four main trim levels: Stelvio (base), Sport, Ti, and Quadrifoglio. The Ti trim has two subvariants: Ti Sport and Ti Lusso.

The base trim is well-equipped, and it's available with several upgraded safety and tech features, which makes it a good choice for most shoppers. Those after the stronger engine will need to jump all the way up to the pricey Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Several features are available throughout the lineup, including a hands-free liftgate ($200), heated second-row seats ($350), a dual-pane sunroof ($1,350), and wireless device charging ($200).

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The entry-level Stelvio has a starting MSRP of $41,345 and comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It features an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and an eight-speaker stereo. Other standard features include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a power liftgate, and alloy wheels.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

You can add navigation and HD Radio for $1,200, as well as a 10-speaker stereo for $525. All-wheel drive costs $2,000. Blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, and a sport leather-wrapped steering wheel are available for $800.

Also available is the Driver Assistance Dynamic package ($1,200), which comes with automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, an infrared windshield, and adaptive cruise control. The Cold Weather package ($800) adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport

The Sport trim has a base price of $42,795. It adds a few styling enhancements, larger alloy wheels, a sport steering wheel, and a sport-tuned suspension. The same options are available.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti has a starting MSRP of $45,745. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and front parking sensors. A 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo ($900) is available. Upgrades for the base model are also available for the Ti.

The Ti Performance package ($1,650) features a limited slip rear differential and a sport suspension. You can also get the Active Driver Assist package ($3,250), which bundles several previously mentioned tech and safety options and adds lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist, and highway assist.

The Ti Lusso adds a few luxury styling elements and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. The Ti Sport does the same but with sport-styled elements, such as sport-bolstered and 14-way power-adjustable seats. Both have starting prices of $48,245.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The top-trim Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio retails for $80,445. Standard equipment includes a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, high-performance Brembo brakes, a torque-vectoring differential, and retuned steering and suspension systems. Navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, 14-way power-adjustable seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert also come standard.

The Active Driver Assist package remains available, though it costs $2,000 in the Quadrifoglio.

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The Final Call

If you’re looking for muscular engine options and great driving dynamics, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio merits a spot on your short list. However, when it comes to interior comfort, upscale cabin materials, and cargo space, the Stelvio falters compared to rivals in the luxury compact SUV class.

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

  • "The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a luxury SUV aimed at folks who want something different. … It has quick steering with great feel and excellent road holding that provide the sort of involved driving experience you probably don't expect from a high-riding crossover – and that goes triple for the outrageous, 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio that is without question the most desirable and competitive Stelvio." -- Autoblog
  • "This Italian thoroughbred … borrows heavily from the also-entertaining Giulia sports sedan. A turbocharged four-cylinder provides decent power, while the cabin offers a driver-focused layout and a stylish design. … [W]e think the Stelvio looks great and it certainly stands out among blander designs from Acura, Audi, and BMW." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Stelvio feels lively and eager on the road, and it encourages you to keep driving and push just a little harder. If you want a fun and sporty SUV and don't mind giving up some practicality and technology, it's a great pick. The Stelvio's distinctive styling helps it stand out too." -- Edmunds
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