2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

on The Heels Of The Engaging Giulia Luxury Sports Sedan The. Italian Alfa Romeo Brand Is Bringing To The United States Its First Sport Utility Vehicle The Stell Vo Now The SEL Vo Competes Roughly With Things Like The BMW X3 The.

Infiniti Qx70 Particularly The Porsche Macan And The Jaguar FP Now Two Things Tend To Distinguish Alpha Males One Is How They Look And Even Though This Is A Design You Don't See That Much In America It's Been Around For Decades This Shield Grille And Overall Front-end Design It Manages To Make The Vehicle Look Really Distinctive In The US Market Without Looking Ugly The Other Thing That Alpha Males Are Known For Is How They Drive. So, Let's Take A Look For The First Time And How The Stell Vo Takes To The Street Unfortunately The Full Performance Quadrifoglio Version Of Salvio Doesn't Come Until 2018 They're Launching Starting Now Essentially June July And Dealerships Near You With The Regular Sell Vo And Silvio TI What We Have Here Is The First Catch Of The Day The Sell Vo Ti Equipped With The Sport Package When The Giulia Sedan Came Out It Started Out In The Quadrifoglio Version Which Is The Performance Version They Flipped It For The SEL Vo And. I Was A Little Disappointed At First Until.

I Found Out That The Regular Sell Vo And Spell Vo TI Which Is What We're Driving Right Now Has 0 To 60 Times Of Roughly Five And A Half Seconds Which Is Pretty Darn Good Overall The Powertrain Is Pretty Impressive It Is A 2-liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder Has 280 Horsepower And 306 Pounds Feet Of Torque Now Specs Say That That Torque Peak Starts At About 2,000 Rpm It Feels Like It's Probably A Little Bit Higher Than That When You Stand On It From A Stop It Does Tend To Take A Little Bit Of Time To Get Going Like It Needs To Get Through First Gear, But It Definitely Delivers After That Point One Of The Strongest Aspects Of The Stelvio Is Its Powertrain Not Just Strong In Terms Of Horsepower, But The Way The Transmission Behaves It Is Super Super Responsive It Up Shifts Quickly It Down Shifts Quickly And You Feel It When You're In An Automatic Mode, But You Can Really See It, If You Go Into Manual And Use The Paddles The Paddles Come In The Optional Sport Or Performance Packages. I'm Just You Know Whacking These Paddles And The Tachometer Needle Just Jumps Immediately And It's Not To Say There Aren't Other Vehicles Out There That Have Quick Reacting Transmissions, But More Often We See This In Dual Clutch Automated Manuals This Is More Of A Conventional Automatic Transmission From ZF The Supplier In Germany And Many Manufacturers Use This Transmission, But. I Got To Tell You It Is Not This Quick In Those Vehicles As It Is Here And.

I Also Like How Big These Paddles Are They're Big Aluminum Paddles Attached To The Column. So, You Always Know Where They Are Even, If You're In Normal Driving You're You Know Turning It At An Intersection Or Something Like That The Steering Wheel Is Turned More Than A Few Degrees You Still Know The Paddles Are There Pretty Much Start To Finish, If You're Going To Have An Automatic Transmission And Attempt To Make The Car Sporty The Stelvio Does It Right A Quick Reacting Automatic With Really Big Metal Paddles Attached To The Steering Column That's The Way To Go Estelle Vo Handles Really Nicely The Specs Say That The Weight Distribution Is 50/50 Front Rear Actually Feels Like There's A Fair Amount Of Understeer Going Into A Corner Which Is Okay It's Safe Q For All-wheel Drive Is Standard, But Technically The Layout Of This Platform Is A Rear-wheel Drive Architecture. So, You Really Have The Feel Of A Rear-wheel Drive Car Even Though It Is All-wheel Drive All The Time It Sends All Of The Torques Of The Rear Wheels, But Can't Send As Much As 60% To The Front When It's Needed Overall The Steering Is Is Nice And Precise, But It Also Isn't Quite As Light As It Felt Julia.

I Thought That The Steering In The Julia Sedan Was Over Boosted In This It Feels A Lot Better Matched And There Is An Adjustment When You Choose The Different Modes Dynamic Mode Will Give You The Least Power Assist And A Little Bit More Feedback Than The Natural And Advanced Efficiency Settings Now Along With All The Positive Aspects Of Driving The Sylvio There's One That. I Think Is A Negative And That Is The Braking Now The Actual Braking Force Is Good It'll Bring The Car To A Stop You Get Standard Brembo 4-piston Front And Single Piston Rear Calipers Good Hardware It's The Pedal Feel That. I'm Not Crazy About Feels Kind Of Numb To Me And Not Particularly Linear.

So, Now. I'm Driving What Might Look The Same It's A Different Stealthy Oh This Is A Base Model It Is Not The TI And It Doesn't Have The Optional Sport Package. So, What That Means Is It Has A Base Suspension Which Is Not Tuned For Sport.

So, Between The Softer Suspension And The Taller Sidewalls On The Tires This Definitely Rides Softer And. I Felt Considerably More Body Roll In The Curves Than This One So. I Would Say, If You Want A Sporty ER Vehicle Definitely Go For The Sport Option Package And You're Not Really Giving Much Up The Ride Quality In The Selvi Oti With The Sport Package Was Perfectly Comfortable.

I Wouldn't Say Soft, But Comfortable A Sophisticated Ride Not At All Punishing Bears Noting Even Though This Doesn't Have The Paddles You Can Still Pop The Lever Into The Manual Mode And The Transmission Behaves Just As Quickly It Responds Just As Quickly As It Did In The Version With The Sport Package The Interior Is Pretty Nice Generally Speaking The Materials Quality Is Good For This Price One Of The Best Things You Get Is Real Genuine Leather Standard In All Silvio's And That Is Not The Case In All Luxury Cars Especially And Luxury Cars. I Also Find These Seats To Be Quite Comfortable This Is The Sport Package Equipped Selvi Oti. So, It Has More Adjustments And Sport Of Your Seats, But Even Though It Has These Tight Side Bolsters They Aren't Outrageously Tight For A Guy My Size And It Does Come With The Little Thigh Extension As Well One Nice Plus About These Seats Is Even Though Their Sports Seats Or Sporty Seats They Don't Give Up The Adjustable Head Restraint Even Though The Design Is Sleek Overall Visibility Is Pretty Good In The Salvio Eight Pillars Are A Little Bit Thick, But You Can Work With It The D Pillars Are Also A Little Bit Thick, But A Backup Camera Is Standard As Our Rear Sonar Sensors One Small Downside We Notice Is That The Image For The Standard Backup Camera Is Pretty Small You've Got An Eight Point Eight Inch Display Here This Is The Upgrade Display And It Runs From Here To Here Somehow They Use Only This Much Of It For The Backup Camera They Use A Little Bit More Space Than As Necessary For The Graphic Representation Of The Car That Shows You What The Sonar Sensors In The Back Are Seeing When You're Backing Up Now As An Option You Can Also Get Front Sonar Sensors Point Being This Graphic App That Doesn't Have To Be.

So, Big. I'd Rather Have A Nice Big Backup Image Having Been In The Giulia Sedan Recently. I Was Really Pleased In The Sylvio To Find That The Controls The Multifunction Controller Here Has A Better Feel And Sound In The Giulia That Was More Of A Rickety Feel And Sound In This Case It's Much Better Though.

I Have To Say The DNA Control For The Driving Modes Probably A Little Better Than The Giulia, But Not Quite As Solid As. I'd Like One Thing That Does Carry Over From The Giulia Unfortunately Is The Spring Back Turn Signal Lever Automakers Are Getting Away From This Even BMW Which Started It Has Gotten Back To The Kind Where You Move It Down And It Stays There Until You Make Your Turn And Then It Pops Back Up Complicating Things Further This One, If You Hold It After A Few Clicks It Stops Collecting Even Though You're Holding It Down It's Just A Weird Thing Wouldn't Bother You Right Now And Once You Buy The Car And Own It In My Father Overall The Sell Vo Delivers On Alfa Romeos Promise Of Style And Drivability And Alpha Is Being Quite Aggressive With The Pricing With A Starting Price Of Just Under Forty Three Thousand Dollars With The Destination Charge For The Base Sell Vo You Get A Lot You Get The All-wheel Drive You Get The Backup Camera The Rear Sonar You Get Apple Carplay Android Auto Bi-xenon Headlights Power Liftgate Four USB Ports Lots Of Stuff That People Want These Days And, If You Compare That With Competitors The Jaguar FP Starts At Essentially The Same Price, But That Is With The Diesel Engines Nice And Efficient, But, If You Want A Sporty SUV You're Going To Have To Go With The Gas Engine And That's Going To Cost You More And As For The Porsche Macan For That You Pay Five Thousand Dollars More And You Get Less Sporty SUVs Are Definitely Not A New Idea, But Somehow The Stell Vo Makes It Feel That Way You.

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