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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio ranks near the bottom of the luxury compact SUV class. The Stelvio has athletic handling and stout engine performance, but its high ownership costs, mediocre cabin quality, and snug passenger space hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Muscular engine options
  • Many standard features
  • Mediocre cabin materials
  • Snug rear seats




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Overview

Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a fine option if you want a used luxury compact SUV that puts an emphasis on driving thrills.

The 2018 Stelvio’s highlights are many:

  • Muscular turbocharged engines
  • Agile, well-balanced handling
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Handsome styling
  • Many available safety features

It does have several drawbacks though:

  • Higher-than-average projected ownership costs
  • Cheaper interior plastics, especially in lower trims
  • Limited space for back-seat passengers
  • Some awkward infotainment controls
  • Firm ride on uneven pavement

Give the 2018 BMW X3 a look if these refinement issues are deal breakers for you. It offers enjoyable driving dynamics, a roomier cabin, and lower projected ownership costs.

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How Much Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

Based on listings for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio on our site, the average price is $34,900. Prices range from $29,600 to $42,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cost to Own?

The Stelvio’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $33,800, or $6,760 per year. That’s higher than average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Stelvio?

Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio for the 2018 model year as the brand’s first SUV. Updates for 2019 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment and heated rear seats as a new option. The 2019 Stelvio also became available with rear-wheel drive; all 2018 models are equipped with all-wheel drive. You may be able to save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used 2018 Stelvio instead of a 2019 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Recalls

At the time of writing, there are six recalls for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio:

  • Wiring could melt due to catalytic converter heat
  • Engine coolant hoses may develop a leak (Quadrifoglio trim only)
  • Water may leak into the body control module
  • Water may leak into the liftgate wiring connectors
  • Windshield wipers may not operate properly
  • Brake fluid may be contaminated

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is available in three trim levels: Stelvio (base), Ti, and Quadrifoglio. Most buyers should be pleased with the base model Stelvio. It offers great engine performance and a generous array of standard features.

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio: The entry-level Stelvio model has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, eight speakers, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, keyless entry, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and power-adjustable side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive pivoting headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti: The midrange Stelvio Ti trim has the same four-cylinder engine and drivetrain, but it adds an 8.8-inch display, satellite radio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wood interior accents, front parking sensors, and 19-inch wheels.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: The high-performance Quadrifoglio model adds a 505-horsepower V6 engine, an adaptive suspension, larger brakes, carbon fiber interior accents, performance front seats with larger side bolsters, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, HD Radio, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and 20-inch wheels.

Available features include a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a sunroof, and a hands-free power liftgate.

Other available features are included in packages. The Ti Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, transmission shift paddles, bolstered sport seats, and 20-inch wheels. The Ti Lusso package includes a leather-wrapped dashboard. The Ti Performance package contains the adaptive suspension plus a limited-slip rear differential.

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How Safe Is the Stelvio?

At the time of writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio through crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • adaptive pivoting headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • front parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • forward collision warning with brake assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • automatic high-beam headlights

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio or 2018 Porsche Macan?

The 2018 Porsche Macan and Alfa Romeo Stelvio aim to provide the same driving thrills. These luxe SUVs boast powerful turbocharged engines and snappy acceleration, and each feels light and agile to drive on twisting roads. Both SUVs also have comparable safety features and similar cargo space. Choosing between them may come down to the details. The Porsche has nicer cabin materials, but used Stelvio models tend to be less expensive to buy.

Which Is Better: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio or 2018 Audi Q5?

For most shoppers, the 2018 Audi Q5 is a better option than the Stelvio. The Audi boasts nicer interior materials, and it has an easier-to-use infotainment system. It offers more amenities like ventilated seats, as well as more standard safety features such as forward collision warning. The Q5 also has roomier seating and more cargo space, and it yields a smoother ride on rough roads. While both SUVs accelerate vigorously and feel composed around turns, the Q5 is a more-refined package overall.

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2018 Stelvio Performance

How Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Drive?

The 2018 Stelvio is a blast to drive. The SUV is stable around turns, its steering feels quick and responsive, and the brakes are strong. Both of the Stelvio’s engine options are punchy as well.

The standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine shuttles the SUV up to speed briskly and supplies ample passing power on the highway. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which executes swift gear changes, especially when equipped with the available shift paddles. The dash from zero to 60 mph takes about six seconds.

The twin-turbo V6 engine found in the Quadrifoglio model is even racier. It can rocket the Stelvio to 60 mph in less than four seconds, and its four exhaust pipes emit a throaty roar.

The Stelvio’s ride is a bit firm for a luxury SUV but not to the point of discomfort. The suspension absorbs most road bumps and dips without issue; it’s the larger potholes and rough patches in the road that tend to jolt the SUV around.

  • Base engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 with 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque (Quadrifoglio)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Stelvio gets good fuel economy when equipped with its four-cylinder engine. The same can’t be said of the Quadrifoglio model, which gets low gas mileage for a luxury compact SUV.

  • 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder: 22/28 mpg city/highway
  • 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6: 17/23 mpg
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Towing Capacity

The 2018 Stelvio is rated to tow up to 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Stelvio Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Stelvio Seat?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable, and they provide fine hip-hugging support. There’s adequate head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seats aren’t as accommodating. There’s enough space for kids and younger teens, but the sloping roofline means that headroom is slim for adults.

The Stelvio’s interior is elegantly styled, and it contributes to the SUV’s sporty feel. That said, some of its materials fall short of segment standards, especially on lower trim levels, which have numerous hard plastics. Some of these cheap plastics carry over to higher trim levels, but they are at least complimented with padded and leather-wrapped surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery

Available seating features:

  • heated front seats
  • upgraded leather upholstery
  • power seat bolsters
  • 12- or 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • Sparco racing seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The Stelvio has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Features

The Stelvio earns mixed reviews for its infotainment system. The standard 6.5-inch display and available 8.8-inch display are controlled using two rotary dials on the center console. This setup looks familiar to other vehicles from the luxury segment, but it’s a bit trickier to use in practice. The climate controls are more straightforward, but because of their low position on the dashboard, they can require too much attention when driving.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display, eight speakers, Bluetooth, and five USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, a navigation system, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Additional standard features: keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate
  • Other available features: a sunroof and a hands-free power liftgate

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Dimensions

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cargo Space

The Stelvio has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s about average for a luxury compact SUV, and it’s on par with competitors like the 2018 Lexus NX and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,044 to 4,360 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Built?

Alfa Romeo built the 2018 Stelvio in Italy.

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