Under the bonnet very little has changed since the previous iteration, although CO2 levels have reportedly been aligned with the competition. The Stelvio will still be offered with a selection of engines, namely a 2.0-litre, 200PS (147kW) petrol and a 2.2-litre, 190PS (140kW) diesel in the rear-wheel-drive Super, Sprint and Lusso Ti trims. In the Range-topping, all-wheel-drive Veloce you can have a 280PS (206kW) petrol or a 210PS (154kW) diesel.
We were driving the most potent engine on offer, the 2.0-litre turbo petrol, putting out a mighty 400Nm (296lb ft) of torque, and promising 0-62mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. Power is substantial but not overwhelming, allowing you to comfortably put your foot down without fear of booting the car to kingdom come.
Alfa Romeo claims a perfect 50-50 front-rear weight distribution for the Stelvio, but the car does feel tall. While the attractive 20-inch alloy wheels are only ever glued to the ground, there’s a feeling of top-heaviness that’s impossible to escape compared to the Giulia – it’s the nature of the SUV beast. That being said, compared to other SUVs the Stelvio hides its height very well. There are plenty of wobbly SUVs around. This isn’t one of them.
As before there’s a DNA dial on the centre console, with ‘D’ standing for ‘Dynamic’, ‘N’ standing for ‘Natural’ and ‘A’ standing for ‘Advanced Efficiency’. At the centre of the dial you’ll find a damper button, too.
The functionality of the dial remains the same, with each twist affecting the steering weight and throttle and gearbox response. Dynamic remains the ideal mode for fast driving while Natural is ideal for cruising around at a more subdued pace. Advanced Efficient, however, slows down the car’s responses far too much, and surely part of the point of buying an Alfa is because you enjoy driving?
The separate damper button, however, remains a blessing, as firmer suspension for fast driving on the Continent might work brilliantly, but it isn’t always what you need in the UK.