You’ll pay a premium of just £800 for the more powerful of the two diesels, and given that they both return the same claimed fuel economy, that’s not a particularly difficult decision to make.

In terms of specification, the standard car doesn’t come too generously equipped, so you’ll probably want to upgrade to either Super or Speciale trim, in which the Stelvio remains competitively priced.

Richard Lane

Road tester
Expect the Stelvio to take a bit of a hit in terms of depreciation compared with its German rivals

However, you should ask yourself whether you’re the kind of person who should consider the Stelvio at all.

For all the good work that Alfa Romeo has done in translating the dynamism of the Giulia platform into an SUV, it seems to have come at the cost of refinement, which is a hallmark of the best cars in the class and regarded as a priority for some buyers.

With a family to transport, would you trade some involvement behind the wheel for serenity and a better-appointed cabin? In a premium-brand SUV, it’s likely that you would.

Consider also that while our Stelvio test car usefully undercuts its rivals from Porsche (Macan S Diesel) and Audi (Q5 3.0 TDI quattro) if you’re buying new, it’s expected to suffer the effects of depreciation more acutely. On the flip side, that makes a used Stelvio in a high specification a very tempting proposition.

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