If the interior of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelio looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it already. It’s on this site, in the Giulia. (Yes, You Can Afford An Italian Sports Sedan) That’s not a bad thing. We loved the Giulia.
Safford Alfa Romeo In Tysons Corner, VA (http://www.alfaromeousaofvienna.com) gave Auto Mentality a unique chance to spend a morning climbing around the New York International Auto Show “show car”. Here’s what you should know:
The Stelvio is a good looking car, every bit as attractive as the Giulia. You can call it a Giulia wagon. Apparently there were discussions of an actual Giulia wagon, given the popularity of “Estates” overseas, but the project was nixed. You can see why, as the Stelvio sits just under three inches higher than a Giulia. A wagon would be redundant.
Interior fit and finish is really good. As in the Giulia, there is a lot of plastic, but all is forgiven when you grab the Ferrari-like shift paddles behind the wheel.
The excellent, supportive driver’s seat puts you in a very comfortable driving position. This makes for a nice big view from the cockpit.
Back seats can be a little tight for taller adults, but they’ll fit kids and dogs just fine.
All occupants will appreciate the full length sunroof.
It’s a smaller SUV, but the interior can swallow a surprising amount of cargo. We dug the tie down rails in the rear cargo area.
Alfa Romeo was ambitious in designating the new Ute. The Stelvio is named for the Stelvio Pass in the Ortler Alps. The road features 48 hairpin turns, and is the highest paved pass in the Eastern Alps. Top Gear named it “the greatest driving road in the world”. Though Auto Mentality did not get to drive this particular preproduction model (various driving bits of the show car were left incomplete), European test drives yielded smiles for miles. The DNA drive select system works much the same as in the Giulia. 280 horses from the 2.0 liter I-4 is much more than adequate. The 8 speed ZF transmission it’s paired to feels great, despite not being a DCT.
We eagerly await the US models, and wait we shall. Alfa Romeo estimates a Fall arrival with a starting price just under $42K.