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Motoring: Five stars for the brilliant Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Turbo

Rugby Editorial 19th Mar, 2021   0

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce 2.0 Turbo 280HP

Motoring Review by Tony Yates

This week’s review is so easy. What Alfa has done here is made another perfect car that has an engine more powerful than you can comprehend – plus it’s utterly brilliant.

And, I’m not just saying that either.

Power and Efficiency:




The version I currently have on test is powered by a 1995cc turbocharged petrol engine with 280HP and 400Nm of torque which makes the Stelvio move along like a rocket.

So, big & powerful engine usually means bad fuel economy – well actually it’s not – and you can easily achieve around 30.4.mpg (combined).


Plus, you have the addition of an eye wobbling top speed of 143mph and a 0-62 time of 5.7s.

Of course, I understand that speed needs to be kept on the track, but the big Alfa loves to ruffle a few feathers – not only in its appearance – but also in how well it gets down the road. All I can say is ‘bring it on’.

On the road:

The Stelvio feels very good on all road surfaces – and there are no dramas to talk about here because it’s well balanced and settled even on some of our most demanding roads.

All this means you will have less to worry about if you decide to start planting the Stelvio briskly into the corners.

Of course, you may want to just press the ‘snooze’ button and cruise along the motorway without a care in the world.

I mean after all, it’s an Alfa Romeo – it’s a pure driver’s car.

On the Alfa subject, there is something special about how an Alfa makes you feel once you get behind the wheel.

For instance – the Stelvio tells you exactly what’s going on beneath you – while Alfa’s onboard safety features do their job keeping everything present and correct, meaning you really can feel the Alfa DNA at its heart.

Safety and Technology:

Trim levels on the inside of the Stelvio are lovely and everything was bathed in leather and soft touch material – but for me, the Stelvio is a long-distance mile muncher and a car that can accommodate a large family and pretty much everything you can throw at it.

Plus, it’s fitted with lots of safety features to keep you and your family safe – which makes me feel all warm on the inside.

With technology now being one of the most important factors most people look for when buying a new car – the Stelvio needed to offer a lot of toys – and it does.

Some of the equipment starts with; 8 Speaker Audio System, Alfa Connect 3D Nav 8.8” Multitouch Infotainment system (radio, 3D Nav, Mp3) Wireless Charging Pad, Alfa Dynamic Suspension, Ambient LED lighting – front & rear, Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC -ABS+ASR+Brake Assistant) with Hill Holder, Dark tinted rear windows, Leather Sports Steering Wheel and Gear Knob.

Plus; Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 7” Colour TFT Instrument Cluster, Active Cruise Control, Start&Stop, Steering wheel paddles, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Headlight washer system, i-Xenon headlights, Body Colour Exterior trim, Leather dashboard, door panels and central armrest and 20” Dark V-spoke alloys.

To sum up: What a brilliant car – and a massive 5 stars from me.

Price (from) £49,755

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