2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio stands out in a sea of jellybean shaped SUVs with its decidedly Italian styling that captures the Alfa Romeo brand heritage’s essence throughout. Unfortunately, the Stelvio came to U.S. shores in 2017 with a cheap interior and an outdated infotainment system giving it a severe disadvantage over its luxury competitors.

Thankfully, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has received a significant upgrade for 2020 inside and out, eliminating most of the Stelvio’s shortcomings. Fitting as 2020 marks Alfa Romeo’s 110th birthday.

What’s New for 2020?

The biggest change for the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a massively upgraded interior throughout. Starting with the center console, the Stelvio’s shifter mechanism feels much more substantial and is covered with stitched, perforated leather. An Italian flag serves as a garnish just underneath.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The center console is all-new, and the trim looks more substantial than before, with improved switches and control knobs for the “dna” drive mode selector and volume/track controls. A wireless charging pad is also available just forward of the center armrest. The knurled silver metal veneer on the console mimics carbon fiber and looks great. Actual carbon fiber is available as an option.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

A new 8.8-inch touch infotainment system sits atop the center stack and can also be controlled with the center console’s rotary controller. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the Stelvio lineup, but navigation is optional (though not needed if using one of the aforementioned smartphone integrations). Touch interfaces and navigation through multiple screens happen quickly and fluidly. The UI/UX in the Stelvio is a major upgrade and a great one at that.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Stelvio’s steering wheel is thicker, and wrapped in higher quality leather than before.

A new Active Driver Assist package is available on the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It provides highway assist, traffic jam assists, active lane keep assist, active blind-spot assist, traffic sign recognition, drowsy driver detection, and upgraded navigation functions through the 8.8-inch interface and the driver information display in the instrument cluster.

Driving Impressions & Fuel Economy

The Stelvio’s four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 280-horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 is achieved in around 5.4 seconds, onward to a top speed of 144 mph.

Our tester was equipped with the Q4 all-wheel driver system which is rear-wheel biased, but can shift up to 60% of available power to the front wheels if conditions dictate the need.

In true Italian form, the Stelvio’s steering is quick and exact. Power steering boost makes for light steering during parking lot maneuvers but stiffens up under speed. The engine has plenty of power for spirited driving but falls just shy of being exciting. Of course, there is the 505-horsepower Stelvio Quadrifoglio for those buyers looking for a bit of a spicier meatball.

EPA fuel economy is rated at 22mpg city, 28 highway and a combined 24 mpg overall. I observed 25mpg in mixed driving.

Overall Impressions

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a massive upgrade to a vehicle held back by questionable materials and build quality. Just about every surface in the Stelvio has been massaged and improved for 2020, resulting in a much higher quality product than the previous iteration.

All this quality comes at a slightly lower base price for 2020 than the outgoing 2019 models. The base price for our 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Sport Q4 is $45,800, with an as-tested price of $59,745. That might seem like a lot of money, but it’s one of the cheapest ways to get into an Italian vehicle that lives up to its heritage in style and presence.

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