Today’s market is pretty crowded when it comes to compact crossovers, including those with premium badges. While most of the manufacturers try to stand out in terms of luxury and opulence, the famous Italian carmaker plays on a different card. This model isn’t as luxurious as German rivals but it offers way better performances. The driving experience is what makes this crossover premium and the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 will carry on in the same way.
The last-year update has brought a couple of novelties but things essentially remained the same. Therefore, we are pretty sure that this dynamics crossover will carry on in the same way for the next year. You may count on exceptional driving experience, especially with the Q4 model. It will make you forget about all drawbacks this model has if we can even consider them as drawbacks. In any case, the next-year model will hit the market by the end of 2020.
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Design
Despite the last-year update, the overall design hasn’t changed and things have been essentially the same for years, especially in terms of base design characteristics. This includes mechanics as well, considering that this compact crossover rides on a familiar Giorgio platform, which ensures exceptional driving experience, especially with the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 model. The “Q4” stands for all-wheel drive and in this case, it certainly has a fantastic impact on handling and overall performances.
Visually, we don’t expect to see any particular change for the next year. This model looks great and we think there is really nothing to add or remove.
The same thing goes for interior design. The last-year update has brought a couple of updates, particularly in terms of new switches, finer materials and a new 8.8-inch touchscreen. Everything looks pretty nice in this crossover though most critics say that this cabin isn’t exactly on par with models like Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC. Still, that probably isn’t something that will bother those drivers who put the focus on performances.
When it comes to comfort, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 won’t be the most spacious model in the class. The amount of passenger room is decent, but the cargo area features subpar ratings for the class. You may count on about 18.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 56.5 cubic feet of the overall cargo space.
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we are about to see two familiar engine options in the offer. Of course, base versions will come with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. That will certainly satisfy most drivers but those who are looking for something peppier can also get the amazing Quadrifoglio model, which comes equipped with Ferrari’s 2.9-liter V6. This engine puts out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines come in pair with n 8-speed automatic transmission. The base engine returns around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Pricing and Trim Levels
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 will come in the following versions and trim levels:
The base version with all-wheel-drive will cost around 43.500 dollars, which is $2000 more compared to the standard RWD model. It comes equipped with goodies like an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and an eight-speaker stereo. Besides lots of tech features, it is also well-equipped in terms of comfort and convenience. The list of standard equipment includes goodies like leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a power liftgate etc. Of course, there are several available packages and standalone options.
The Sport model comes with a pretty similar list of standard and available equipment. On the other side, it comes with a full load of visual upgrades, including bigger wheels, new body kit, tuned suspension, different steering wheel etc.
The Ti is the model where the Q4 all-wheel-drive system becomes part of the standard equipment. Also, this model comes with upgrades like a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and front parking sensors. Of course, several more standalone options are in the offer. This version will feature a starting price of around 46.000 dollars.
Finally, there is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Quadrifoglio, which starts a little bit over 80.000 dollars. Besides Ferrari’s engine, it also comes with goodies like high-performance Brembo brakes, a torque-vectoring differential, and retuned steering and suspension systems. Also, the list of standard equipment includes goodies like navigation, premium audio system, 14-way adjustable driver’s seat and many more.
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Release Date and Competition
We expect to see 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 sometime late in the year. When it comes to the competition, German rivals are the first ones that come to mind. Of course, we are talking about models like Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.