Lusty and thrilling: What people are saying about Alfa Romeo's Stelvio
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles finally unveiled the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, and the crossover quickly became a hot topic. The Stelvio is the resurrected brand’s first crossover and is key to FCA’s hopes of restoring Alfa Romeo to global relevance. Consumers can’t get enough crossovers, but time will tell whether the Stelvio will be received as well as others. Here’s what people are saying about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
“The Stelvio looks fast standing still. It looks like a bulkier Giulia, with angular headlights and a triangular grille that’s similar to other Alfa models. The side sports a very strong shoulder line, and the rear end (especially the spoiler) echoes the Stelvio’s sibling, the Maserati Levante, although the similarities start and end right about there.”
— Andrew Krok, Roadshow by CNET
“From a looks standpoint, the Stelvio has hardly an equal, with accentuated curves, an impossibly aggressive front end, a handsome tapered roofline, and tall, rounded rear with quad exhaust pipes that tell you ‘this is how you’ll most often be viewing the Stelvio.’
“The scowling headlights and signature triangular grille make this SUV look wholly different from any luxury competitor that’s come before, and while it’s definitely not for everyone, I’ve got to admit that I’m a fan.”
— Brian Leon, New York Daily News
“Alfa Romeo, which has become notorious after a decade of announcing and then delaying models, takes a huge step toward finally getting its portfolio together with the arrival of the Stelvio. That said, the brand has not yet revealed any dimensions, pricing, or an on-sale date for the vehicle. Although we’re anxious to drive it, a part of us wishes Alfa had kept the Stelvio tag in its back pocket to use for a pulse-quickening, high-performance sports car or sports sedan rather than an SUV.”
— Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver
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“As good as the Giulia looks, with its muscular flanks and feline face, the Stelvio looks even better. The higher bodywork with the Alfa Romeo styling isn’t awkward at all, instead providing some better proportions of glass to sheet metal than the sedan, creating an aggressive, pumped-up look that (on the top-trim Quadrifoglio model, at least) promises dynamite performance.
“Inside, the cabin that we were introduced to on the Giulia is stretched and lifted to fit taller SUV dimensions, and it works well. The larger glass area allows for better outward visibility with clear sightlines in all directions.
“Material quality matches that of the Giulia, which is to say mostly good stuff with some questionable electronic displays for the gauge cluster and a multimedia system that feels simplistic and spartan.”
— Aaron Bragman, Cars.com
“Take the fire-breathing Giulia sedan. Jack it up six inches. Add AWD and throw on a fifth door and you have the Alfa Stelvio SUV. Named after Italy’s Stelvio pass — one of Europe’s greatest driver roads — this Italian promises to be a driver’s ute to rival the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets the same 505-horse, twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine that powered the Giulia Quad to a Nurburgring sedan lap record.”
— Henry Payne, The Detroit News
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“Your thoughts will immediately turn to its styling. It certainly has some; the front end is very blatantly inspired by the Giulia, while the rear end has glimpses of Porsche Macan in its proportions, with Alfa styling elements bubbling away at the surface.”
— Stephen Dobie, Top Gear
“This lusty luxury-sport SUV just may be good enough to deliver on Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s promise that the long-dormant Alfa Romeo brand is the key to FCA’s fortunes. Based on Giorgio architecture that underpins the thrilling Alfa Giulia sport sedan, the Stelvio promises Italian passion and more power than a Porsche Macan Turbo, a 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and top speed of 177 mph.
“The classic Alfa grille and LED signature lights make the Stelvio immediately recognizable from the front, but is profile is undistinguished.”
— Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press
“The Stelvio is Alfa’s most important car yet, hoping to capture a part of the booming crossover market. If it’s successful, that could mean even more great cars from the Italian automaker in the future.”
— Brian Silvestro, Road & Track