Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0 280 Speciale 2019 UK review

Putting both the snarling, fire-breathing Quadrifoglio-badged model and the limited-run Milano Edizione launch special firmly to one side, this Stelvio Speciale is the poshest version of Alfa Romeo’s Giulia-derived SUV you can get your hands on.

And with a 276bhp turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet, it’s also one of the quickest. Of course, this greater degree of performance and pedigree does come at a higher cost; to get one, you’ll have to part with a not-so-miserly £43,705.

So, what does your money get you, aside from what we already know to be one of the more agile, keener-handling SUVs currently on sale?Mostly, it’s a healthy amount of standard kit. Even before you delve into the options list, Alfa Romeo will throw in full leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8.8in infotainment with DAB radio and navigation, 19in alloys, a heated leather sports steering wheel and a veritable arsenal of active safety systems. Not a bad haul, really.

Even without the snarling twin-turbo V6 from the Quadrifoglio under the bonnet, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is still a compelling driver's SUV

Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0 280 Q4 AWD Speciale

Where Surrey; On sale Now; Price £43,705; Engine 4 cyl, 1995cc, turbo, petrol; Power 276bhp at 5250rpm; Torque 295lb ft at 2250rpm; Gearbox 8-spd auto; Kerbweight 1660kg; Top speed143mph; 0-62mph 5.7sec; Fuel economy 40.4mpg; CO2 rating 161g/km; Rivals Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace.

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