The standard version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been revealed, and is now available to order in selected markets, including Europe

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition has been revealed, marking the first time we’ve seen the SUV not in its hot Quadrifoglio guise. 

The First Edition is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 276bhp and 295 lb ft of torque, coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This gives it a 0-62mph time of 5.7sec and a top speed of 143mph, which Alfa Romeo claims is class-leading performance.

With this engine, Alfa Romeo claims the Stelvio gets fuel economy of 40mpg and CO2 emissions of 161g/km.

The Q4 four-wheel drive system, which also features on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, sends 100% of the car’s torque to the rear wheels until it senses that more grip is needed, and can then split it 50/50 between front and rear.

Despite not being the range-topping model, the First Edition gets 20in wheels, aluminium paddle shifters and contrastingly coloured brake callipers. The styling is more toned down than the Quadrifoglio's, of course, with two large exhausts in place of the hot car’s four, less aggressive air intakes and more aerodynamically subdued bodywork. 

Inside, there’s an 8.8in infotainment system with sat-nav and DAB, and a 7in TFT display set into the instrument panel. Leather upholstery and real wood trim replace the Alcantara and black finish of the performance model. 

Standard equipment includes Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and lane departure warning, a reversing camera and all-round parking sensors, as well as an electrically powered tailgate and automatic lights.

It's likely that the regular Stelvio will be revealed in the metal at the Geneva motor show in March.

Our Verdict

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is as entertaining as the badge promises, combining enthusiastic thrust with enjoyable handling - but is it a good enough alternative to the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace?

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18 January 2017
IMO The only car that is as good looking as the F-Pace. Nothing else can compare against both these SUV in this class.

18 January 2017
F-Pace looks far less special on the road though. Just another bloated crossover. The Stelvio photographs well in a more subdued colour.

18 January 2017
scrap wrote:

F-Pace looks far less special on the road though. Just another bloated crossover. The Stelvio photographs well in a more subdued colour.

I disagree, I've seen one parked and it looks fabulous. The Alfa doesn't look good in pics, and neither will it in the flesh.

18 January 2017
They both look awful, very generic, neither Jaguar or Alfa, just a mish mash of trendy styling cues, they both look like they could be from any number of Chinese manufacturers.

18 January 2017
typos1 wrote:

They both look awful, very generic, neither Jaguar or Alfa, just a mish mash of trendy styling cues, they both look like they could be from any number of Chinese manufacturers.

You gotta admit they both demolish the Fugly overstyled german rivals.

19 January 2017
I not exactly a fan of the German rivals, but at least they look like they come from those brands - the Macan looks like a Porsche, the Q5 looks like an Audi etc.

18 January 2017
looks like a facelifted Giulietta on stilts

18 January 2017
I'm not the biggest Alfa fan after a disastourous Mito - but this blows any MQB based VAG box out the window.

It looks stylish inside and out.

18 January 2017
Weirdly, this look to my eyes better than the top Quadrofoglio version. Looks like a more emotional and classy version of the Q5.

18 January 2017
Pleasantly surprised by the side and rear but still not 100% sold on the front. Those oversized lights somehow make it look rather narrow and top heavy. Biggest gripe though, as with the Giuilia is that very obvious cruise control radar/sensor part on the lower air intake. Whilst it's noticeable on quite a few modern cars it's not very well integrated here and sticks out a little too much.

Interior looks great though. not necessarily cluttered or fussy like BMW can be.

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