- All versions top 40mpg on paper
- Depreciation may be heavy
Alfa Romeo claims the 280hp Stelvio petrol will return 40.3mpg, and the 210hp Stelvio diesel 58.9mpg.
You’re unlikely to match either of those figures in real life, but the diesel will certainly be the more economical in regular driving – helped by its additional torque.
Alfa Romeo’s traditionally patchy reliability record means you should probably expect the Stelvio to depreciate more than its German rivals.
Meaning it will probably be worth less in three years’ time than the equivalent Audi, BMW or Porsche.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||109p||£1,239 - £1,239 *|
|Diesel||107p||£811 - £839 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Servicing intervals are every 12,500 miles or two years. The Giulia was launched with three years’ free servicing included in the asking price and it’s likely Alfa Romeo will repeat this offer for the Stelvio – though as with UK pricing, this is yet to be confirmed.|
|Warranty||Three years/unlimited mileage|
|Road tax (12 months)||£140 - £450|
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
- Low CO2 emissions
- Already prepared for 2018 legislation
CO2 emissions – which decide the first year’s taxation only, after 1 April 2017 – are reasonable for a vehicle of this type, and especially one with this level of performance.
The 280hp petrol emits 161g/km, while the 210hp diesel emits 127g/km. Both meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standard, so should have NOx (nitrogen oxides) well under control.
In fact, Alfa reckons the engines are already capable of performing well in the forthcoming ‘real world’ testing regime that’s set for introduction in 2018.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.2D (180hp) Diesel||124 g/km (Min)||£140|
2.0 (200hp) Petrol,
2.0 (280hp) Petrol
|161 g/km (Max)||£140|
- Too early to tell
- Not traditionally an Alfa strong point
The Stelvio shares its platform with the Giulia, but both are so new at the time of writing that there’s really not much to go on in terms of reliability – except to say this has never been a strong point of the Alfa Romeo marque.
This doesn’t mean you should expect the Stelvio to be unreliable, but you should be prepared for the possibility. Especially since Alfa Romeo has never built a vehicle of this type before, so doesn’t have any historic experience understanding the different stresses that SUVs have to withstand.
We did notice a couple of warning signs during a drive in Italy. The sat-nav went haywire a number of times, showing roads that were completely to those we were on, and some of the interior fixtures and fittings - such as the air vents on either side of the dash - felt like they wouldn't last very long without cracking
You do get a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty for added peace of mind.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|