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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio ranks poorly among luxury compact SUVs because it has some low-rent interior pieces, unintuitive infotainment controls, and high ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Two forceful engine choices
  • Deft handling
  • Mediocre cabin quality
  • Learning curve for infotainment system
  • Below-average cargo space
  • High ownership costs

New for 2019

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

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 6.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 3.5 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Overview

Is the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio a Good Used SUV?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a good used SUV when it comes to performance. It's sporty and fun to drive, and it has ample engine power. Nearly everything else about the Stelvio fails to stack up to its rivals. Passenger room and comfort are modest for a luxury compact SUV, and you get less cargo space than with many rivals. This crossover also doesn't have the elegant interior you would expect from a high-end vehicle, and its technology features aren’t particularly straightforward.

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How Much is the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

Based on listings for the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the average list price is $27,936. Prices range from $40,545 to $80,245 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cost to Own?

The 2019 Stelvio’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $36,750, or $7,350 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: What's the Difference?

There are a few significant differences between the 2019 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. You’ll get standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the 2019 Stelvio, and heated rear seats were introduced as a new option, as well. Also, rear-wheel drive became standard; all-wheel drive was standard in the 2018 Stelvio, but it’s optional for 2019.

Alfa Romeo launched the Stelvio as its first SUV for the 2018 model year.

Compare the 2018 and 2019 Stelvio »

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Stelvio full review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on vehicles such as a new Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio does not have a predicted reliability rating.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/PANEL Recall Date: 07/24/2019
  • Summary: Alfa Romeo (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Giulia and Stelvio vehicles. The Body Control Module (BCM) may indicate an inaccurate fuel level that displays higher than the actual amount.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 21914
  • Consequence: The vehicle may be operated without enough fuel in the tank causing a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Alfa Romeo will notify owners, and dealers will update the BCM software, free of charge. The recall began August 12, 2019. Owners may contact Alfa Romeo customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Alfa Romeo's number for this recall is V84.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 15, 2017 to MAY 29, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: V84
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V551000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE Recall Date: 02/28/2019
  • Summary: FCA US LLC (Alfa Romeo) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and 2017-2019 Giulia vehicles. The Brake System Module (BSM) software may prevent the driver from disabling the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) after the traction control system detects a specific wheel slip.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 19114
  • Consequence: The driver's inability to deactivate the ACC can increase the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Alfa Romeo has notified owners, and dealers will update the BSM software, free of charge. The recall began March 25, 2019. Owners may contact Alfa Romeo customer service 1-800-853-1403. The Alfa Romeo number for this recall is V27.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 19, 2017 to FEB 20, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: V27
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V148000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSES/LINES/PIPING/FITTINGS Recall Date: 09/13/2018
  • Summary: Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio vehicles. The engine cooling hose may have inadequate webbing material allowing a coolant leak.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 674
  • Consequence: A loss of coolant can cause the engine to overheat and the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the coolant hose, free of charge. The recall began October 10, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U99.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 27, 2017 to AUG 29, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: U99
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V635000

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Which Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes in six trim levels: base, Sport, Ti, Ti Sport, Ti Lusso, and Quadrifoglio. All models but the Quadrifoglio have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine; the latter features a twin-turbo V6 and a host of other high-performance upgrades.

The base model is well-equipped with amenities like leather seats, five USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Most of the features found in higher trims are also available in certain base models, so it's best to focus your search on finding that trim equipped with the options you want.

Available features in every model include a dual-pane sunroof, automatic high-beam headlights, heated rear seats, a household-style power outlet, a hands-free liftgate, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Standard features in the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and an eight-speaker stereo. The Stelvio also comes standard with adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, driver's seat memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport: The Stelvio Sport adds a few appearance upgrades, larger wheels, a sport steering wheel, steering column-mounted paddle shifters, and a sport-tuned suspension.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti: The Stelvio Ti comes with an 8.8-inch infotainment display, voice recognition, satellite radio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and front parking sensors. The Ti Performance package adds an adaptive suspension and a limited-slip rear differential.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport: The Ti Sport trim combines the features of the Stelvio Sport and Ti models and adds 14-way power-adjustable front seats.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Lusso: The Stelvio Ti Lusso mainly adds more luxurious interior trim pieces and upgraded leather on the seats, steering wheel, and dashboard.
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: The Stelvio Quadrifoglio features 14-way power-adjustable performance front seats, leather and suede upholstery, a performance steering wheel, upgraded brakes, a torque-vectoring differential, specially tuned steering and active suspension systems, a race mode drive setting, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Options unique to the Quadrifoglio model include a leather- and suede-trimmed steering wheel, Sparco carbon fiber racing seats, and ultra-high-performance carbon ceramic brakes.

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How Safe Is the Stelvio?

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio or 2019 BMW X3?

The 2019 BMW X3 ranks very highly among luxury subcompact SUVs because of its near-perfect safety and predicted reliability ratings. The X3 impresses with its lithe handling, and though it doesn't match the 500-plus horsepower of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, performance enthusiasts should still be satisfied with the X3 M40i and its sub-five-second zero-to-60 mph sprint. This BMW offers plenty of passenger space and has among the most cargo volume in the class. It also features a nicer interior than the Alfa, and it comes with more standard safety equipment. The X3 is a far better pick than the Stelvio.

Which Is Better: 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio or 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is another solid pick in the top half of this segment. The GLC has arguably the most opulent cabin in the class, along with plush seats and a comfortable ride. This Mercedes' base engine is a little tame, and overall the standard Mercedes GLC isn't as athletic as the Stelvio. However, look to one of its AMG models – which include a 503-horsepower V8 engine – to scratch that performance itch. Go with the GLC.

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2019 Stelvio Performance

How Does the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Drive?

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has two awesome engine choices. Its standard 280-horsepower variant is among the most powerful base engines in the class. The eight-speed automatic transmission is tuned to get you up to speed quickly, switching gears with precise timing. The high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio, powered by a Ferrari-derived twin-turbocharged V6 engine, goes from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. That’s an eye-popping figure for a sports car, much less an SUV.

This Alfa delivers lively, engaging handling that’s exhibited by few other crossovers. It shares a platform with the company's sporty Giulia, and it ultimately feels like a high-riding version of that car. At low speeds, the steering is light, which makes the Stelvio easy to maneuver in tight parking lots. It also maintains a comfortable ride over broken pavement, but at highway speeds, the stiff suspension results in a slightly harsher ride.

  • Base engine: 280-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 Stelvio returns about average fuel economy for a luxury compact SUV. Estimates for the performance-oriented Quadrifoglio model are noticeably lower.

  • Four-cylinder, RWD: 22/29 mpg city/highway
  • Four-cylinder, AWD: 22/28 mpg
  • Quadrifoglio, AWD: 17/23 mpg
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Towing Capacity

The Stelvio can tow up to 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 Stelvio Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Stelvio Seat?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV seats five people in two rows. The front seats can be adjusted in a variety of ways and have a good amount of side support for long drives. However, the seats aren't as plush or as comfortable as those in other luxury crossovers because of firm leather and hard headrests.

Second-row accommodations are just fine but not especially notable compared to rivals. Taller back-seat passengers may feel a little cramped because of the sloping roofline. The Stelvio's interior quality fails to impress. It has underwhelming fit and finish, and you'll notice plenty of cheap-feeling plastic surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Sport leather upholstery
  • Luxury leather upholstery
  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 14-way power-adjustable performance front seats
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Performance steering wheel
  • Sparco carbon fiber front racing seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The 2019 Stelvio has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are located behind plastic flaps, which makes them easy to find. However, they're fairly recessed and hard to reach. Installing a rear-facing car seat requires moving the front passenger seat nearly all the way forward.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Features

Instead of a touch screen, the Stelvio’s infotainment system is controlled with a rotary knob on the center console. Despite being a product of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Stelvio uses a different native interface than the company's much-lauded Uconnect setup. It takes some practice to learn where everything is in the various menus. Additionally, the standard 6.5-inch display is small for a luxury vehicle, and some graphics are subpar. If you prioritize in-car technology, find a model with the available 8.8-inch infotainment display.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and an eight-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch infotainment display, voice recognition, satellite radio, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, and HD Radio
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener
  • Other available features: a dual-pane sunroof and a household-style power outlet

See 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio specs »

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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Dimensions

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Cargo Space

The Stelvio has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 56.5 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats. The volume with all seats in place is subpar for a luxury compact SUV, while the maximum amount is more in line with the class average.

The second row folds nearly flat and the load-in height is low, so it's easy to load heavy stuff into this SUV. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,885 to 4,360 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Built?

Alfa Romeo built the 2019 Stelvio in Italy.

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