The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Gives You a Sporty Sedan in an SUV Package

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio takes everything people know about sedans and throws them out the window. Blurring the line between your standard small-sized vehicle and SUV, Alfa Romeo gives its drivers a wholly unique experience on the road and in your driveway. However, while the car has many fans and lots to be excited about, some might want to think twice before spending their money on such an ambitious project. 

Driving the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

According to Car and Driver, the $42,845 base model packs a punch with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and up to 280 hp to boot. For those looking to drive in town, the car should have them covered, but for those who might desire something more thrilling, all-wheel drive is available for a price.

The car’s engine packs some power for such a small car, but those looking to test the limits of an SUV may want to look elsewhere. For casual drivers and adventure seekers, the 3,000-pound limit of the base model may be a turnoff. The upgrades add the extra oomph that drivers want and need if they are will. 

With the peak upgrade, the horsepower goes up to 505 hp thanks to its twin-turbocharged 2.9L V6 engine that allows its drivers to go from 0 to 60 mph in just a few seconds. However, the cleanness of the driving combined with the ease of use remains one of Stelvio’s biggest sells of them all. 

The car boasts adaptive cruise control, several packages ranging from sunroofs to a ten-speaker sound system, and a variety of packages that add both functionality and entertainment to the traditional car.

According to Car and Driver, the Quadrifoglio package runs drivers a significant amount, $82,854, it might not be the car for everyone, but for those who like the sleek Sedan design but want a bit more power in the background, the hefty price might be worth the potential driver’s investment. 

Concerns under the hood

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While MotorTrend praised the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s design, power, and interface they felt like the car’s look and aesthetic leaves much to be desired. One of their biggest concerns had to do with the car’s size.

With a bigger build than similar cars like Alfa Romeo’s in-family Giulia, the people at the website believe that the extra weight and extra height can run a bit cumbersome. Furthermore, with the compact design which aims for power, the car can be a little cramped for anyone hauling anything but their own bodies. 

Furthermore, when it comes to some cosmetic and user-based features, the car leaves a lot to be desired. People might not care about next-level infotainment, custom designs, and eye-popping internal design, but those who are looking to feast their eyes on top of their driving may want a little bit more. When it comes to the performance, however, the people at MotorTrend still named it one of the best sports cars on the market. 

What to expect in the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

For those who are looking for an SUV experience without the size and cost, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is among the best options on the market. However, the car may not be for everyone. The performance is, even at the base level, hard to beat for the price. However, with every additional feature that potential drivers want, it might not be the car for them. 

Few cars provide the level of compact space combined with the SUV sentiments that the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio does. With peak performance and much to be desired in terms of user-friendly options, however, potential buyers may want to weigh the good with the bad before they drop money on it.

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