In Italy, it is often emotion, pride, and beauty. And when they talk about something these three ingredients have in them, the passion fades off. So if you ask an Italian what he thinks of an Alfa Romeo Stelvio you can wet your chest. You will probably hear all thinkable superlatives that you can think of. About the brand, the emotion, the history, the first SUV, the color red and how beautiful they find the Stelvio. Do not come to Alfa Romeo anyway, because they are capable of kicking you on the spot.
Actually I feel a bit like those Italians. Because once seated in the Stelvio, the Alfa Romeo blood starts to boil again. In addition, I am also a lover of everything that is called SUV or MPV. If you combine those two, you already know that everything below has a color. And rightly so, because the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is no ordinary SUV. It is firstly an Alfa Romeo, which means that the performance is all more fun and exciting.
Ordinary cars for ordinary people do not match the long history of the brand. They call it La Meccanica delle Emozioni. More power, more sound, more direct, tangible and with a nose that you would prefer to hang on the wall at home.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio came on the market last year and was ‘the successor’ of the other La Meccanica delle Emozioni, the Alfa Romeo Guilia. Models that herald a new era for one of the most beautiful car brands in the world. Alpha fans have been waiting too long because after the 159 and the 166 there was nothing for a long time. And then in 2016, the Alfa Romeo Giulia has not been followed so much later by the Stelvio. Actually a double world premiere that never before drove an SUV from the illustrious brand out of the factory.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Stelvio looks like a pretty big-washed SUV with an imposing nose that is so Alfa Romeo is as he can be. His backside is what you call ‘bold’ and gives him his cool looks. The latter is also due to the original 19-inch rims that every Alfa enthusiast will recognize. Behind these rims show off the equally beautiful yellow brake calipers. If you add up all together you will see a beautiful SUV with its own identity. Comparing we never do and with this Stelvio already superfluous because an Alfa Romeo has its own appearance and that may as far as we are concerned also being.
Italian Design in 2018
Once at the driver’s place it is noticeable that inside the designers have chosen a lot of peace in the interior. The dashboard is not striking, just like more parts. The new logo of Alfa Romeo, black without the brightly colored details of the old logo, shows off the steering wheel. It is clear that Italian design has left the exuberance of the past in 2018. Yet there are enough details hidden that make it a real Alfa Romeo. First of all there is the start and stop button. As befits a sporty brand, it is left on the steering wheel. From me, it could have been red, or yellow. In each something with a color that makes him stand out. However, they have reserved that red on the 510 hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio. With this La Meccanica Delle Emozioni is very clear.
Behind the wheel are two Ferrari-look-a-like fixed flippers in a polished aluminum look that might have been more convenient with the steering wheel. They are certainly beautiful and fit with this standard 8-speed automatic. After all, manual switching is so old-fashioned. But there is another detail that makes you as a car enthusiast / Alfist happy. The round button with the letters D-N-A which are freely translated for position green (A) with the Stelvio in the comfort zone, position normal (N) which says enough and the D-position of Dynamic. Where you have actually chosen this Alfa, the dashboard changed to the last to go to red and makes your Stelvio ready for even more driving pleasure. Although we have to say very honestly in the latter that you can use it better if there are only people in the front. Dynamic is a dynamic driving style with a faster throttle response, sporty suspension tuning and a higher gear speed. But once again no one puts on the back seat in this position.
The steering of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is very direct and really great. It means that the slightest movement of the handlebars is taken over. Do not think that the car is nervous because nothing is less true here. This Stelvio is like a block on the road and is very stable. You therefore hardly have to correct anything. Maybe it’s getting used to for a less experienced driver, but believe us get used really fast.
Do not settle for a half-hour test drive
You should not talk too much about the Alfa Romeo. This is a car that you have to experience in all its facets. Do not settle for a test drive of half an hour in the city. Take him for a few hours, find nice roads and decide for yourself if we have lied. That is an Alfa and you will know that too!