2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive review: the SUV we've been waiting for

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio needed style, personality, and drivability to help the fledgling brand not only survive, but thrive. The only question we had: Could all those things be too much?

Let's ignore that the Stelvio has the body of a crossover SUV—it's not one. It's the same skeleton as the Giulia sedan; check the tale of the tape. Sure, the Stelvio is 8.9 inches tall and has 8.1 inches of ground clearance, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is that the Stelvio is only 2 inches longer despite having the same space between the wheels as the Giulia. That's important.

The similarities with the Giulia makes the Stelvio very easy to place on the road. It also makes it a relative iron maiden in the back seats—like the Giulia. The Alfa is down over 4 inches on the next closest competitor, and its cargo hold is smaller than the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Read more about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio...

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07 May 2018

By Brandon Turkus