2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

MSRP $44,745

Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Alfa Romeo has been there since 1910 but their presence in the States has been intermittent. The 2019 Stelvio is their first-ever venture in the compact SUV segment and Alfa has quite a task to go against already well-settled rivals like Audi and BMW. Unlike other compact SUVs that focus more on interior comfort and convenience, the Alfa delivers a great driving experience second to none.

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Pros

Italian design benchmark

Fantastic handling

A true driver’s car

Gorgeous interior

Cons

Lackluster infotainment system

Some quality control issues

Have to spend extra on safety

What's New?

Optional rear heated seats

Anti-theft alarm system

New Imola Titanium Metallic paint has been added

Two new optional packages; Nero Edizione Package & Sports Carbon Package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44745

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

176 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

306 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

74 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

4044 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

116.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

4409 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

highway range

473.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Ti Sport Carbon$44,745 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Alfa Rosso color
Alfa Rosso

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


If you have loved the Giulia then you will definitely like this one too, as it resembles the coupe in both exterior and interior design. However, the Stelvio offers an AWD setup only. The Stelvio isn’t just another SUV from Europe; it has some serious tricks under its hood and rivals the likes of the 2019 Audi Q5, the 2019 BMW X3, and the 2019 Volvo XC60.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Features

The Stelvio comes in 7 trim levels; Base, Sport, Ti, Ti Lusso, Ti Sport and Quadrifoglio. Only the base trim has the option to choose either an RWD or AWD drivetrain, whereas all the remaining trims come with AWD as standard. Pricing starts at $40,550 for the base trim and goes up to $44,745 for the top trim. The base trim Stelvio has some interesting standard features like 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, xenon headlamps, roof rails, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and smartphone integration in the infotainment system.

Trim

Base

Stelvio Sport

Ti

Ti Lusso

Ti Sport

Ti Sport Carbon

MSRP (RWD)

$40,550

$40,545

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$42,550

$42,545

$44,750

$44,745

$44,745

$44,745

Key Features

Gloss black roof rails

In addition to the base trim

In addition to Sport trim

In addition to the Ti trim

Combines Ti and Sport trims plus

In addition to Ti Sport plus

 

18-inch Alloys, Sporty body accents

Sport steering wheel

8.8-inch infotainment system

Leather seats 

14-way power-adjustable front seats

Carbon fiber package

 

Dual-Zone climate control, Keyless ignition

Sport-tuned suspension

Steering column-mounted Aluminum shift paddles 

Aluminum pedal shifters

   
 

7-inch drivers display

Larger wheels

Wooden trim inside the cabin

Leather steering wheel

   
 

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay with a 6.5-inch screen

 

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD Satellite Radio

8-way power-adjustable seats

   
 

LED Tail Lights, Power folding mirrors with heating

 

19-inch wheels, Performance Package comes standard

     
 

Privacy glass on all windows, Tinted Windshield

 

Active suspension & limited-slip differential

     

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes with some optional packages as well. From interior and exterior customization to better safety tech, the Alfa Stelvio offers it all. These optional packages have been listed in the table below:

Package

Contents

Price

Sport

19-inch wheels, sports suspension, paddle shifters

$1800

Lusso

Upgraded leather seats, aluminum pedal shifters, leather steering wheel, 8-way power-adjustable seats

$2500

Nero Edizione

Blacked out exhaust tips, window surrounds. Colored brake calipers, 20-inch alloy wheels, body-colored mirrors

$1125

8.8’’ Infotainment Package

Bigger infotainment screen, Navigation, voice commands, internal hard disk

$1700

Navigation

Internal Hard Disk, Navigation, and voice commands

$550

Cold Weather

Heated front seats and steering wheel. Heated washer fluid

$740

Convenience

Foot-operated tailgate release, mains power outlet

$320

Driver-assist dynamic

Forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning

$250

Driver Assistance Static

Automatic folding mirrors, overtaking sensor, blind spot monitor, parking distance sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, front radar

$720

Which Trim should you buy?

The 2019 Stelvio can be customized exactly the way you want it to. There aren’t any trim exclusive features. You can purchase the base trim level with the desired Drivetrain and add a sport package or any other option. The base Stelvio with the Sports package, Lusso Package, and Driver Assist dynamic package should be the least you should look out for. Anything beyond this would be for your leisure.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Engine and Performance

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes with the same 2.0L turbo engine on base and Ti trims. The 2.0L Turbo engine churns out a respectable 208 hp & 306 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-Speed automatic transmission which is standard on all the trims. The Quadrifoglio comes with the 2.9L, Twin-Turbo V-6 engine that puts out 505 hp & 443 lb-ft of torque and also is equipped with fat, track-ready tires and carbon-ceramic brakes. 

The acceleration on the base trim engine is quick and responsive. The 5.4 seconds timing in the 0-60 mph run is nothing short of impressive for a compact SUV. The Quadrifoglio on the other hand is a different breed altogether. The Twin-turbo V-6 engine propels this heavy SUV like it's nothing and even beats the old supercar, Murcielago in the 0-60mph drag. As is with every Italian performance engine, this one not just performs well but has a soulful exhaust note too. No matter what engine you choose on the 2019 Stelvio, it performs better than its competition in every way possible.

Models

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2019 Audi Q5

2019 BMW X3

2019 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$40,550

$42,950

$41,000

$39,800

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed S-tronic DCT

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

Power 

280hp @ 5,200rpm

248hp @ 5,000rpm

248hp @ 5,200rpm

250hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque 

306lb-ft @ 2,000rpm

273lb-ft @ 1,600rpm

258lb-ft @ 1,450rpm

258lb-ft @ 1,500rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.4

5.9

6.2

6.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14

14.2

14.8

15.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

144

147

130

130

The Stelvio has the highest power and torque output among the three. Also, the 2019 Stelvio is the fastest SUV in the segment no matter what engine you have. The Q5 would have definitely done better if it had some more horses to back it up, the Dual-clutch transmission on the Audi works like a charm. It comes in second behind the Alfa with a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds. The Volvo and BMW are surprisingly the slowest among them, with 0-60 mph times of 6.5 seconds and 6.2 seconds respectively.

How well does the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio handle?

The handling of the Stelvio is astonishing. For an SUV, the car is nimble and likes to attack corners. Truly, Alfa Romeo has done an amazing job in making this SUV very fun to drive. The chassis feels agile and ready to make a move on your command. Body roll is very well under control. Moreover, the optional adaptive suspension makes things much better and the 8-speed transmission shifts accurately. In normal mode, it shifts sooner and keeps the revs on the low end.

The steering response of the Stelvio is one of its strongest suits. It feels very sharp and precise, gives the slightest of turns to the wheel and it reacts. The weight keeps gradually adding up as it should be. Stelvio comes with a D, N, and A (Dynamic, Natural & Advanced Efficiency) mode which adjusts throttle response accordingly. In our terms, the Dynamic mode with the optional paddle shifter is the best way to drive this SUV. The overall handling of the SUV is more like a hatchback and Stelvio quite literally looks like a beefed-up hatchback, isn’t it?

Braking Performance

The 2019 Stelvio comes with 13-inch rotors at the front and 12.5 inches at the rear and those handle the braking duties well. The Stelvio also has the least weight among its rivals which means better braking performance. The brake pedal feels on this Alfa Romeo is erratic. Sometimes it engages progressively, and sometimes it will engage in a snap. On the Quadrifoglio the carbon-ceramic brakes have more than enough stopping power and it isn’t your average joe SUV.

Models

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2019 Audi Q5

2019 BMW X3

2019 Volvo XC60

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13

13.3

13

13.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.5

13

13

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3885

4045

4034

4109

60-0MPH (feet)

127

136

N/A

N/A

The 2019 Stelvio has the best braking performance in the segment, stopping at 127 feet. The Q5 took only a few feet extra to stop from 60 mph. The Volvo is the heaviest but had a better front brake than the rear. The rest of the competition has similar rotor sizes and weights so we expect a similar braking performance from the X3 and XC60.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Fuel Economy

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has a similar fuel economy with its competition- it’s the overall range that differs. The AWD variant offers 29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city and returns 25 mpg combined. The performance-oriented Quadrifoglio demands a premium fuel to start with and returns 17 mpg in the city & 23 mpg on the Highway. The fuel tank capacity of 16.9 gallons takes a hit on the Stelvio’s range and thus has the least possible overall range in the segment, at 423 miles combined.

Models

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2019 Audi Q5

2019 BMW X3

2019 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

22

22

23

22

MPG (Highway)

29

27

30

29

MPG (Combined)

25

24

26

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

16.9

18.5

17.2

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

371.8/490.1/422.5

407/499.5/444

395.6/516/447.2

407/536.5/444

In terms of fuel efficiency, the BMW X3 is the most efficient with its combined mileage of 26 mpg. The Q5 and the XC60 return 24 mpg combined. The BMW X3 has a fuel capacity of 17.2 gallons. The Audi Q5 and XC60 have better fuel capacities overall, at 18.5 gallons. This converts into a range of 444 miles combined. The best combined range is offered by the BMW, just 3 miles more at 447 miles. However, the XC60 offers the best range out on the highway at 536 miles.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Interior

The interior of the 2019 Stelvio has a balance of luxury and sportiness. The first thing you would notice inside is the similarity of the interior with the Guilia. The dashboard design is artistic, like a piece of furniture. The lower and upper portions are separated and create a void in between. The way the infotainment screen is integrated inside the dashboard looks great. The dashboard gets covered in leather or soft-touch plastic depending on the options.

The front seats are pretty flat, some additional bolstering would have improved the overall comfort. The optional package will get you heavily bolstered seats along with contrasting stitching. The leather used on the seats is stiff and so are the headrests. The overall length of the seats is also inadequate for longer drivers. The second-row seats are flat bench-type ones and if options with the leather upholstery the overall comfort levels will take a hit. The headroom is enough on the second row if a dual-pane sunroof isn’t installed.

Models

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2019 Audi Q5

2019 BMW X3

2019 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

40.2/57.5/36.6

40.2/57.7/41

41.1/57.6/40.3

38/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

38.9/56/31.9

37.7/56.5/37.8

39.1/56/36.4

38/56.3/38

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

18.5

25.1

28.7

17.8

Maximum Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

56.5

53.1

62.7

N/A

The interior space on the four cars is similar in terms of headroom, legroom, and shoulder room, but the Volvo XC60 offers a long front legroom of 41.5 inches. In the rear, the Volvo again offers incredible space whereas the Alfa really pulls the legroom in at 31.9 inches. This is not uncomfortable, but really short when compared to the rivals. The trunk capacity of the Stelvio is generous but competition is offering much more: the BMW X3 offers a huge 28.7 cu-ft of standard cargo space. The seats can be folded in a 40/60 manner but it’s a two-step job. Flip a switch and then manually poke the seats away from the position. This opens up a maximum capacity of 56.5 cu-ft and comes close to the BMW’s 62.7 cu-ft maximum capacity. Standout interior features:

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

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2019 Stelvio gets a rather basic 6.5-inch screen and an 8-speaker sound system including Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. The screen is controlled by a rotary knob. You can opt for a bigger 8.8-inch screen but that isn’t touch-sensitive either. The overall UI consists of a small list type menu which is kind of difficult to see from a distance and the navigation graphics resemble old video game graphics. The unit is neatly done, with clean technology and a very focused approach. It is, however, pretty outdated and not Stelvio’s strength. Standout infotainment features:

  • 6.5-inch/ 8.8-inch screen
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM
  • Voice Commands
  • Bluetooth
  • 14 speaker Harman Kardon sound system (Optional)

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior

It is very obvious that Alfa Romeo didn’t really take any special efforts to design the 2019 Stelvio. The 2019 Stelvio is the Guilia, with a taller, wider, and longer body at best. For some people, this would be completely fine and kind of signifies the success Alfa has had with the Guilia. The front triple grille setup looks better on this SUV compared to the sedan Guilia. Even the headlight setup matches the overall brawn of this SUV. The Stelvio looks like a curvy SUV from afar but upon closer inspection, it reveals the Italian design elements. 

The body has very minutely designed lines and curves all over. The rear is strictly Italian by design, and Alfa has left no stone turned in making the rear as appealing as possible. The body lines on the tail light section, with the taillights that mimic the headlamps and the dual exhaust setup all, work in favor of the Stelvio. The lower part of the rear is punched in to create an integrated bumper-like effect. All these make the Stelvio standout and people who have an eye for detail will appreciate this SUV more. The color options for this SUV are vivid with 11 metallic shades present that cost just $550 extra over the standard Alfa Rosso(Red) and Alfa White options.

Models

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2019 Audi Q5

2019 BMW X3

2019 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs)

3885

4045

4034

4109

Length (inches)

184.6

183.6

185.9

184.6

Width (inches)

74.9

74.5

74.4

74.9

Height (inches)

66

65.3

66

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

8.2

8

8.5

Wheelbase (inches)

111

111

112.8

112.8

Finding differences between the exterior dimensions of these four cars is like finding a needle in a stack of hay. However, to point out differences that won’t be seen to the naked eye, the BMW X3 is the longest car here. The Stelvio and the XC60 are the widest ones, and the X3 and the Stelvio are the tallest ones. The XC60 sits the most far-off from the ground at 8.5 inches. The Stelvio has the shortest wheelbase, whereas the BMW X3 has the longer wheelbase. Standout exterior features on the Stelvio:

  • Gloss black roof rails
  • Distinct Alfa Romeo Grille
  • Brembo brakes
  • 18-inch/19-inch/20-inch wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Trailer hitch (Optional)
  • Headlamp washers (Optional)
  • Colored brake calipers (Optional)

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Safety

The 2019 Alfa Romeo hasn't been tested by NHTSA or IIHS. Though the SUV comes with many safety features like airbags, traction control, stability control, tire pressure monitoring system, and rear parking sensors. That’s it, this is the standard list. All the active safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning are optional and are bundled in two different packages becoming a total of $1000 approximately. Some safety features on the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio include:

  • Rear-view camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (opt)
  • Lane Departure Warning (opt)
  • Forward Collision Warning with emergency automatic braking (opt)
  • Blind-spot Monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert (opt)

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Competition

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs 2019 Volvo XC60

Volvo does everything better than the Stelvio except for the handling. The interior design and overall feel of the cabin are way better in the XC60. Volvo has an industry-leading infotainment system so no comparison here. The Standard set of safety features is something Volvo has been doing better than most in the industry and all this comes at a price lesser than the Alfa Romeo.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs 2019 BMW X3

The BMW X3 is a very capable compact and has been delivering on the promise for years. Here again, the X3 excels in the interior and infotainment sections. The front seats on the BMW are better and more comfortable than the Stelvio. It isn’t all sunshine & rainbows. A heavy steering wheel and with options list soaring way past $55k for the final product will make you keep this one aside for a moment.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs 2019 Audi Q5

The Q5 is one of the most popular SUVs among buyers and that’s for a reason, it is comfortable, spacious and that Dual-Clutch transmission makes it act quickly. The Q5 even has better cargo space than the Stelvio. The Q5 is a no-nonsense SUV that lets you have it all.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Final Verdict

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is still a very new product and needs some polishing. Sure, driving the Stelvio is fun and all but the rest of the package doesn’t inspire one to make a purchase decision. The interior is good if optioned with packages. Active safety features are all there if optioned properly. The only thing that is not optional here is the driving experience, the rest of the SUV depends on how you customize it. It is like a barebones chassis and then you add pieces one by one to make a final product. There are many better alternatives out there and the 2019 Stelvio is a nice option to keep as an option.