Hard to beat

Saturday Star - - LIFESTYLE -

to the fore.

The steer­ing needs a bit get­ting used to as it’s very di­rect and a bit twitchy. Weight dis­tri­bu­tion is per­fect, ac­cel­er­a­tion – al­though not tear-the­skin-off-your-face quick – is smooth and quick and thanks to a re­mark­able sus­pen­sion and a to­tal weight of 1 660kg, in part due to the alu­minium en­gine and car­bon drive­shaft, it’s ev­ery­thing and more you could ask for.

Sharp cor­ners and long curves are its din­ner and it’s then that you ap­pre­ci­ate the work that has gone into mak­ing this prob­a­bly the best-han­dling SUV in its seg­ment.

With a boot of 525 litres we eas­ily man­aged to fit two large young adults’ gear and they still had space at the back.

It’s safe, too, with an in­te­grated brake sys­tem, for­ward-col­li­sion warn­ing and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brake with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross-path de­tec­tion and ac­tive cruise con­trol.

It’s my wish for the new year that South Africans take off their blink­ers and at least take a stroll through an Alfa Romeo show­room be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on what to pur­chase.

The Stelvio comes with a 3-year/100 000km war­ranty and a 6-year/100 000km main­te­nance plan.

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