2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

Automotive Journalist

July 17, 2020  at 1:40 PM

In the compact luxury crossover SUV segment, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is one of the big players. It offers a strong engine, great handling, and more power than most of its rivals. Even with-it strong performance characteristics the Stelvio also has some major drawbacks like the sub-par interior and comfort. The 2021 model is looking to improve on its downfall to make it a perfect luxury CUV. The 2021 model is expected to bring a facelift and along with some updated interiors and features. The 2021 model will face off against its usual rivals like the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, BMW X3, and Jaguar F-Face.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio was first introduced in the market in 2016 as a vehicle in the compact luxury crossover SUV segment and it received a facelift in 2020. Winning a number of awards in 2018 and 2019, this car is the current best-selling model of Alfa Romeo with 9,444 units sold in the U.S. in 2019 and 26,866 units sold in the whole of Europe in 2019. 

Sharing the platform and body with Alfa Romeo Giulia, this car comes with a satisfactory engine, impressive ride quality, excellent handling, luxurious driver-friendly cabin, and sophisticated exterior design. Not to mention one of the best MPG figures in the segment.  The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be introduced in the market by the end of 2020. 

What's new in the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

  • Redesigned exterior
  • Possible interior Redesign 
  • More tech to be included
  • More safety features

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio came with a base engine of 2.0 L Turbo-4 along with the 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This turbocharged engine is capable of producing a power of 280 hp and a torque of 306 lb.-ft. The 2021 Stelvio does not make any changes in the engine options and offers the same 2.0 L Turbo-4 engine and an 8-speed auto shifter. This 2.0 L turbocharged engine offers solid performance and is more powerful than many of the heavier engines. 

The strong engine is excellently mated with a swift transmission and impressive handling. According to the test results, this engine can reach 0-60 mph within 5.7 seconds and can reach the quarter-mile mark within 14.0 seconds. The top speed offered is 143 mph. Compared to its rivals the Stelvio offers more power and more miles per gallon. It is one of the best performing vehicles in this segment when it comes to performance. 

Models

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Expected)

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Jaguar F-PACE

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class

Base MSRP

$42,850

$42,950

$45,200

$42,500

Engine

2.0 L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

7-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

Horsepower

280 hp @ 6,500 rpm

248 hp @ 5,000 rpm

247 hp @ 5,500 rpm

255 hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque

306 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm

273 lb.-ft @ 1,600 rpm

269 lb.-ft @ 1,300 rpm

273 lb.-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Apart from this, a more powerful engine is offered by another model of Stelvio. The 2021 Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with the same engine as offered in its previous model. The Ferrari-sourced 2.9 L twin-turbo V6 engine can produce a horsepower of 505 and a torque of 443 lb.-ft. Having a top speed of 176 mph, it takes only 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. 

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio deliver?

Since the exact mileage figures of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is not yet known, we cannot make any definite comments about the mileage it would offer. The 2020 model of Stelvio offered an impressive combined mileage of 25 mpg with a city mileage of 22 mpg and highway mileage of 29 mpg. The fuel tank capacity of Stelvio is slightly lesser when compared to its rivals. It is 16.9 gallons.

Model

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Expected)

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Jaguar F-PACE

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class

MPG (city)

22

22

22

22

MPG (highway)

29

27

27

29

MPG (combined)

25

24

24 

24

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

16.9

18.5

21.7

17.4

Range (city/highway) (miles)

372 / 490

407 / 500 

477 / 586

383 / 505

*2020 Figures used for reference

Though having a smaller fuel tank than its rivals, the mileage offered by Alfa Romeo Stelvio is best among its rivals. Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-PACE also provide good mileage in this segment. However, there are speculations that further improvements will be made in the engine and transmission of the 2021 model to improve the fuel economy of the car.

What to expect from the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s interior?

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio introduces a number of impressive changes in its interior. It comes with a more stylish and classier cabin with a carbon-fiber trim for a sporty look and a wood trim to give it an elegant look. The center console is redesigned to give it a brand-new look. Covered with better quality materials, it comes with larger cup holders, a newly added chamber to keep your smartphone, wireless charging facility, etc. The position of the gear shifter, buttons for electronic park review and transmission lever has been changed. Moreover, the armrests present between the seats will also get a new design. 

The design of the steering wheel, as well as the gear, is also changed to make it look more attractive. Apart from all these, new upholstery options have been added with available green or red seat belts over the standard black seats trimmed in leather or faux suede. Though the previous model of Stelvio came with a luxurious cabin with comfortable seats and premium materials, it failed to provide a satisfactory cargo space and proper space for rear-seat passengers. While the first row came with ample head and legroom, the second-row offers a legroom of only 31.9 inches, which is not at all comfortable for adults. 

Model

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Expected)

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Jaguar F-PACE

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.2/57.5/36.6

41.7/57.7/41

37.8/57.7/37.2

38.9/57.3/40.8

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.9/56/31.9

39.3/56.5/37.8

37.5/55.8/37.2

38.3/55.8/37.2

Cargo Space (cu.ft.)

18.5

25.1

33.5

19.4

*2020 Model used for reference

The 2020 Stelvio came with a cargo space of only 18.5 cubic feet behind the second which is much lesser when compared to other cars in this segment. Though it can accommodate adults, the rear seat is suitable mainly for children. All the rivals of the 2020 Stelvio offered better passenger space with Audi Q5 providing the most comfortable cabin. We hope that this will be changed in the 2021 model of Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Infotainment and Connectivity

As per the speculations, the 2021 model of Alfa Romeo Stelvio will introduce an optional digital instrument cluster as well as a number of upgrades will be done to the infotainment system. The 8.8-inch central display will get a new touchscreen along with a new multimedia system as well as a carryover rotary-dial controller. The newly introduced setup will get an advanced processor with better graphics and will comprise of driver-configurable interactive widgets. 

The infotainment system will come with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and with optional navigation. Apart from all these, it will also come with an optional14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Wireless smartphone charger and Wi-Fi hotspot fall under the category of standard infotainment features. 

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is arguably one of the best looking CUV is the market. With its curvy body and angular lights, the Stelvio is one of the best-designed vehicles. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is expected to make some minor changes in its exterior design. The 2021 model will continue to share its body and platform with Alfa Romeo Giulia. It is expected that Stelvio will get a new gloss black Trilobe grille in its rear end with new LED taillights, having new clusters as well as smoked lenses. 

It will also get 21-inch alloy wheels and three new color options will be added - 6C Villa d’Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green. The 2021 Stelvio Quadrifoglio will get some new optional external features - mirror caps, rear spoiler, carbon-fiber grille and titanium Akrapovič exhaust system with carbon-fiber exhaust tips.

Model

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Expected)

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Jaguar F-PACE

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,313*

4,034

3,870

3889

Length (in.)

184.6*

183.6

186.3

183.3

Width (in.)

74.9*

74.5

81.5

74.8

Height (in.)

66.0*

65.3

65.0

64.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.1*

8.2

8.4

5.0

Wheelbase (in.)

111*

111

113.1

113.1

Track Width (in.) F/R

63.5/65*

63.3/63.6

64.6/65.1

63.9/63.7

*2020 Figures used for reference

The standard Stelvio comes with 18-inch y-spoke aluminum wheels with contrast color-matched brake calipers. The Stelvio also has an option to upgrade to the Quadrifoglio body kit which makes the cars look aggressive as well as beautiful. The 2021 model is expected to be similar in dimension to the 2020 model. Speaking of dimension, the Stelvio is similar in size to its competitors in weight and dimension. 

Will the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio?

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a decent vehicle with powerful engines, crisp handling, and impressive ride quality. However, there are various issues related to the 2020 model. Firstly, the interior materials are not up to the mark. Secondly, the cargo space is lesser than that offered by the rivals. Thirdly, the legroom for the rear seat is not enough for adults. The 2021 model is expected to solve all these problems. There are speculations that the interior will be modified with a newly introduced design as well as equipped with premium materials. It is also expected that Alfa Romeo will improve the cargo space and the passenger space in its 2021 model to increase the utility of this vehicle. Thus, it is better to wait for the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

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