Performance & Running Costs
The Milano Edizione is the halo of the range for now until the Quadrifoglio arrives. It comes paired with the most powerful engine currently available which is a 2.0l turbo charged petrol pushing out 280bhp.
This is the one we had on test, though your more typical Stelvio is more likely to be the 2.2l JTD diesel which you can get in power outputs between 180 and 210 hp. They all come mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission with the option of rear or all wheel drive.
The excellent 8 speed auto box provides immediate, seamless power uptake and, in the Milano Edizione edition anyway, there is plenty of it available too.
The handling is fantastic, and not just in that qualified ‘for an SUV’ way, though that does make it all the more impressive. The Stelvio is proof that SUVs can in fact be fun to drive. It corners really well, and offers a fantastically planted grip, particularly in its all-wheel drive guise.
For the most part it’s powered from the rear wheels, but in low grip conditions, it can transfer up to 50 per cent of that power to the front wheels too for some really impressive traction. The steering is pin sharp, and if you want to step things up another gear you can stick it in Dynamic mode, courtesy of Alfa’s famous DNA switch. This will liven things up considerably, changing the throttle response and making everything a bit more fun and frantic. It’s safe to say the Stelvio is not your typical SUV experience.
It’s not the one you buy for the fuel economy either with a claimed figure of 7 .0l per 100km and €570 tax bill. If running costs are a concern you might be better off with one of the more sensible diesels.
One slight trade off from the great sporty handling is that while that firm suspension is great fun on a windy road, it can be a little bit on the harsh side for the day to day of suburban life and the ramps that live there so you’ll have to take it a bit easy around town.