by Valerio Verdone
In the recently revised Alfa Romeo Stelvio range, there is no shortage of turbodiesel variants, a power supply that is still chosen by many motorists today. We tested the 2 hp 2.210 turbodiesel version, the most powerful one, which can also count on all-wheel drive.
The look is what we appreciated with the introduction of the latest stylistic innovations, so it has been embellished through the adaptive Full-LED Matrix headlights with "3+3" lights and the smoked finish taillights that allow a glimpse of the interior. The Veloce version of our test can also count on the 20-inch two-tone wheels, which sport red brake calipers, and on the black details that highlight different points of the bodywork, giving a dynamic character to the whole set.
The line of the Stelvio does not seem to have been affected by the years, and with the interventions of the style center it is still modern without denying tradition, as can be seen from the design of the front. The rear view features a sloping coupe-style rear window, but headroom for those sitting in the back hasn't been sacrificed on the altar of design.
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Once on board, you will find that familiar dashboard which, through the new digital instrumentation, also allows you to choose an instrument panel with vintage graphics. To tell the truth, a modern style works better on the Stelvio, but even in this case the link with tradition represents a proud memory of the brand's origins.
The infotainment screen is not among the largest in its category, nor in a position that stands out compared to the other controls, but it is well integrated and does not affect the overall design of the interior. Yet it is modern, communicates with smartphones and can count on over-the-air updates. To remind the driver that this SUV is a real Alfa, albeit with high wheels, there are the aluminum paddles behind the steering wheel to manage the gearbox manually, the seats with a sporty cut, and a well-centered driving position. There is no shortage of silver details to make the environment even more appealing, while the trunk with 525 useful liters has a family-proof capacity even if it is not the largest in this market segment.
It is between the curves, however, that the Stelvio immediately makes it clear how good its Giorgio platform is, how quick the steering is, and how stable it is in support. The naturalness with which it lets itself be driven makes it a benchmark in the category, and the 2.2-liter turbodiesel with its 210 hp and 470 Nm of maximum torque, manages to move the mass of the snake SUV without apparent effort, thanks also to the support of the smooth and precise 8-speed automatic gearbox in the transition from one gear to another.
Another dynamic and safety highlight is the Q4 all-wheel drive which, in less than 150ms, transfers up to 50% of the drive torque to the front axle. Normally it is perceived that it is the rear axle that conducts the operations, especially on corner entry, but the grip of the front wheels on the wet asphalt highlights the work of the Q4 system, punctual and discreet in intervening. In this flattering picture, the engine, in some situations, when cold, and during acceleration, can be noisy. In terms of consumption, we are between 13 and 14 km/l, a value that allows daily use, because it is decidedly more favorable than that of the petrol variant.
To have all the driving aids available, it is advisable to choose the 1,500 euro techno pack, which includes traffic jam assist, intelligent speed control, perimeter and volumetric alarm system, and highway assist system. The cost of the Stelvio 2.2 turbodiesel Q4 Veloce is 66,450 euros, excluding promotions, and the rich standard equipment can be integrated essentially by two packages, including the Harman Kardon one which includes the audio system with 14 speakers.
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