There is more to the 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio than meets the eye. This little luxury SUV, which bears the name of one of Italy’s most renowned driving routes, the tortuously serpentine Stelvio Pass, has a chassis that adheres to winding switchbacks like Pecorino Romano to spaghetti. Rear-wheel drive is standard on Sprint base versions, while all-wheel drive is standard on all subsequent trim levels. However, every Stelvio is equipped with an exciting 280-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
If you want a Stelvio that will light up your synapses, we suggest looking at the 505-hp Quadrifoglio variant, which was evaluated separately. The inside of the base model makes a solid effort to be luxurious, but it’s 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen is one of the smallest in the sector, with larger options. The Stelvio is a better option for travellers than Stowers because of its relatively modest back seat and luggage space. Still, its distinctive interpretation of the trademark Alfa grille prevents comparisons to other SUVs like the BMW X3 or Porsche Macan.
What’s New in 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
With the addition of a limited edition Estrema variant for 2023, Alfa Romeo is upgrading its top-tier Stelvio Veloce. The 505-hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio has adaptive dampers and a limited-slip rear differential for the Estrema. Carbon fibre grille trim, mirror caps, and 21-inch gloss black wheels are also part of the exterior style. The Stelvio Estrema has an even moodier appearance when staggered wheels are chosen as an option. Four paint colour choices are available for the Estrema: Alfa White, Alfa Rosso, Misano Blue, and Vulcano Black.
The Stelvio Ti, in our opinion, is the model to buy. All-wheel drive is a $2000 option on the base Sprint grade but is included as standard. A sunroof, wider 19-inch wheels, integrated navigation, and more available choices are just a few of the appealing standard features of the Ti. There are several wheel styles, and most paint colours are additional. We’d choose the Performance package (limited-slip differential, aluminium paddle shifters), the Premium package (14-speaker Harman/Kardon radio, leather upper doors), and factory rims in addition to these upgrades.
Performance of 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The turbocharged four-cylinder delivers a strong 280 horsepower in the Stelvio through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The basic model comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but the remainder of the range comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Stelvio’s solitary setup—aside from the high-performance Quadrifoglio—eliminates options for the customer and restricts towing to a maximum of 3000 pounds, even if the engine was quickly fast in our tests and sounded excellent. We like its fast throttle and excellent power delivery when driving every day. Its passionate, raspy exhaust noise was suitable for this application.
The Stelvio combines agile handling and a comfortable ride in addition to its stunning look. The version we tried, with 20-inch wheels, offered enough separation from all but the worst bumps. Although it has an identical maximum cornering grip to competitors, the Alfa is head and shoulders above the pack regarding driver engagement. The Giulia sedan’s standard chassis featured pleasant and well-balanced damping. Although the Stelvio’s steering isn’t as precise as the Giulia’s, it was exceptional—especially for a crossover—because of its minimal effort and rapid responses.
The Stelvio’s real-world fuel efficiency and highway range are average, although they are comparable to those of four-cylinder rivals. 22 city mpg and 29 highway mpg are the ratings for the rear-drive variant. The highway rating is reduced by one mpg when all-wheel drive is added. The Stelvio we tested on our thorough testing program’s 75 mph highway fuel-economy route returned 26 mpg on the test route. We don’t think this is a problem because of the Alfa’s unmatched performance and distinctive personality, but competitors like the X3 and the Lexus RX are more fuel-efficient.
Interior of 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Stelvio has a beautiful cabin and a comfortable driving posture, much like the Giulia sedan. Carbon-fibre trim is available for sportier vehicles, although wood inlays are an option for customers desiring a more upmarket appearance. The car’s comfortable front seats are covered in leather, and the centre console, doors, and dash all have attractive aluminium highlights. It also has an excellent driving position. The Stelvio has several practical storage solutions up its Italian sleeve. Still, it’s not the most spacious crossover in this group due to a tiny load compartment behind the rear seat. We valued the helpful smartphone slot located between the Alfa’s cupholders and the tray near the driver’s left knee, even though the other cubbies only contained ordinary quantities of items. A useful detachable tray is also included at the bottom of the centre console.
Infotainment of 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The 8.8-inch infotainment system is the only size available, and as a backup control, it also functions with the convenient rotary controller in the centre console. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation are included as standard. The infotainment system is visually appealing, but occasionally the navigation signals come too late, leading to missed turns. This small problem may be fixed using one of the two commonly used smartphone integration interfaces for navigation.
And that’s an excellent way to sum up Alfa Romeo’s transformation: electrified, linked, and digitised, but still, we hope, with the company’s essential qualities of good dynamics and excellent performance. Stay tuned to Auto Tech Portal for more automobile-related content.