2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line:

The Stelvio is a new high-end SUV en­try sur­rounded by wor­thy com­peti­tors. Com­par­i­son shop.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling:

It gets good marks in all ar­eas — but not best in class. You must drive the BMW X3 or the Audi Q5.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient:

It is stun­ning to many and aw­ful to oth­ers. You will be no­ticed.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion:

It comes with a tur­bocharged (forced air) 2.0-liter, di­rect­in­jec­tion 16-valve gaso­line en­gine with vari­able-valve tim­ing. The en­gine is linked to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that also can be op­er­ated man­u­ally. Mileage: Not im­pres­sive. I av­er­aged 23 miles per gal­lon on the high­way. Pre­mium grade gaso­line is re­quired. Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes Brembo ven­ti­lated front and solid rear disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock brak­ing; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol; xenon high-in­ten­sity dis­charge head­lamps; side and head air bags.

Pric­ing:

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, now on sale, starts at $46,495. Price as tested, with Ti Lusso trim, it is $54,490. That in­cludes a $995 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment fee. With all of the close com­pe­ti­tion, you can bar­gain.

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