What is it?
Despite recent market shifts away from diesel, Alfa expects that 84% of Stelvios sold will be oil-burners. This in turn means a 2143cc four-cylinder engine in either entry-level 178bhp form (available in rear-drive or ‘Q4’ four-wheel-drive spec) or the peppier 207bhp version driven here, which comes with Q4 as standard. This is our first spin in a UK market right-hand-drive example.
Rounded up to 2.2 litres for naming purposes, the car features an all-aluminium diesel engine and defies convention by actually weighing less than its 2.0-litre petrol counterpart – albeit by only 1kg. At 1659kg, it’s a lightweight by premium SUV standards, further aided by the extensive use of aluminium body panels and suspension components, and a carbonfibre prop shaft. The transmission is the same eight-speed ZF torque converter that features across the line-up.
The suspension architecture (front double wishbones, multi-link rear) is lifted from the Giulia saloon with which the Stelvio shares the Giorgio platform, although new springs and dampers have been introduced for the higher-riding Stelvio.
Our test car comes in Super specification – the lowest grade available with this engine. It features the likes of power tailgate, hill-descent control, 8.8in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, Alfa’s DNA drive selector, 18in alloys, sat-nav and part-leather seats; although after the options list had been raided, this example’s spec largely surpassed the £3800 pricier Speciale model. Limited-run Milano Edizione spec is a temporary range-topper at launch, commanding an additional £1700.