There's always been a dream among luxury crossover shoppers: A luxurious vehicle with the practicality of a crossover, but with the driving dynamics of a true sports car. Normally, there's a lot of sacrifice in one direction or the other. Alfa Romeo is looking to change that, bursting onto the scene with the impressive 2019 Stelvio. New for 2019? Standard rear wheel drive that pushes the Stelvio's driving dynamics even further into sports car territory.

So let's take a deeper look at this exciting, Italian-designed luxury crossover.


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The Stelvio - Nothing Boring Here

Crossovers have a reputation for being boring, family-hauling vehicles. Even paired with strong engines, they just can't match the nimble handling of their sports sedan counterparts. However, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio finally delivers on the promise of a fun-to-drive luxury crossover.

The standard engine, a turbocharged 2.0l engine making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, goes a long way toward giving the 2019 Stelvio its sporty dynamic. Combined with standard RWD and Alfa Romeo's famous suspension tuning, this powertrain makes the Stelvio more fun to drive than possibly any other crossover out there. Considering that even many European sports cars don't even start off with RWD or such an exciting engine, the Stelvio becomes even more impressive.

Of course, AWD is also an option on the Stelvio, but rather than try to market it as an "off-road capable" feature, Alfa Romeo embraces its AWD implementation as a way to maximize performance and grip on the road. Drivers will feel supremely in control, and find it hard to believe they're driving a vehicle with the raised drive height and practicality of a crossover. And we haven't even gotten into the Italian styling yet.

With attractive lines and Alfa Romeo's signature grille, the 2019 Stelvio stands out from the pack when it comes to luxury crossovers. The Stelvio's stance is decidedly sporty, and its luxury is apparent at every turn.

Quadrifoglio - Something Completely Different

We've already touched on the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio's sporty driving dynamic, which is even further accentuated by the more responsive suspension that comes with the Sport package. But there's truly nothing on the market that compares to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Its Ferrari-designed engine puts out a whopping 505 horsepower, and is paired with Brembo brakes, a special driver-adjustable suspension, and other touches that turn it into the most exciting driving experience you can find in a crossover.

Driving the Quadrifoglio for the first time, buyers will find it hard to believe they're not driving a low-slung supercar. Alfa Romeo, which has recently surged onto the American market, is truly setting itself apart, not only in performance and style, but in price as well. The base 2019 Stelvio starts at just $40,000 MSRP, significantly undercutting its European counterparts. And a 505 horsepower Ferrari engine with serious upgrades at under $80k? It really makes you question what German manufacturers are charging a premium for, as they simply don't match the capability or features of the 2019 Stelvio.

This is a Must-Drive

For those shopping for a luxury crossover, or even a well-equipped mainstream vehicle, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a must-drive. With vehicles like the Toyota Highlander tipping the scales at over $40k when equipped with luxury features, the 2019 Stelvio's Italian luxury and sporty performance put it in serious contention for best crossover at its price point. Offering a no-compromises driving experience, as well as the extra comfort and practicality of a crossover, Alfa Romeo has created a true must-drive in the 2019 Stelvio.

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