2018 Volvo XC40
Named for Italy’s challenging Stelvio pass, Alfa Romeo’s first-ever crossover is sufficiently roomy and imminently sexy. Built in Italy, Stelvio is based on the all-new rear-drive Giulia sedan and is offered with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that reaches 144 mph or, in Quadrifoglio trim, a 505-horsepower engine that romps 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Either engine is enough to put a dance into the Stelvio’s step. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive sharpens cornering, adjustable chassis settings adjust for sport and comfort and Italian craftsmanship only enhances the drive. If the Stelvio is any indication, Alfa Romeo may finally have what it takes to compete against Europe’s best models. $41,995
BASE PRICE: Range Rover Velar
Unveiled at The Design Museum in London, this is the meticulously-dressed, perfectly-coiffed sibling of the Land Rover family. Sharing architecture with the Jaguar F-Pace, it’s the right size for weekend flings and daily commutes. Streamlined styling with LED headlamps and flush deployable door handles resonate. Check the copper detailing on the hood vents, front bumper blades and fender vents. Twin 10-inch touchscreens and specially-developed leather-alternative upholstery spoil passengers. Moving it is a choice of 247-horsepower turbo-four, 380-horsepower supercharged V6 or 180 horsepower diesel engines.
BASE PRICE: November 24, 2017