While looks aren’t everything, the compact Stelvio is a thing of beauty. Staring at it from any angle, you’ll find perfect proportions and distinctive styling details that make it clear this is not your typical sport-utility vehicle.
And the key word here is “sport.” While virtually all other SUVs make at least some pretense of being rugged, the all-wheel-drive Stelvio is designed primarily for on-pavement performance. From its superbly tuned suspension to its ultra-precise steering, it’s not a stretch to say the experience is like whipping along in a two-seat Italian sports car that just happens to have room for three friends and their luggage.
Nevertheless, the Stelvio is not without flaws, including a relatively small, narrow cargo hold. That said, those looking for an SUV that’s fun to drive will find this exotic entry endearing enough to overlook its shortcomings.
- Perhaps the best-handling SUV on the market
- Distinctive looks that will turn heads at every stoplight
- Smallish cargo area limits usefulness.
- Some SUV fans may wish for a taller driver’s seat.
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Base Price: $40,295
As Tested: $94,190
NHTSA: Not yet tested
22/29 (2.0L I4/automatic)17/23 (2.9L V6/automatic