The Sport model added plenty of panache inside too, including black and red sport leather seats with power adjustable bolsters, a nice thick feel to its leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, aluminum interior trim accents, infotainment system with 8.8-inch touchscreen and dual pane sunroof. A useful smartphone slot with wireless charging in the center console and the Harman Kardon® premium audio system were nice extras.
The Stelvio is also an option If you’re torn between a sports sedan or an SUV. The Giulia sport sedan is Stelvio’s close cousin when it comes to performance and personality, sharing the same engine and underpinning. Stelvio’s turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque through a quick-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels–quicker than every other turbo-four SUV in its class. The Sport Performance package adds an adaptive suspension and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.
Overall, the Stelvio TI Sport AWD was a tidy package with a lot to offer for the price. With the extras added it was still under $60K. Yeah, yeah. With a 24 MPG gas rating it’s not as thrifty as some at the gas pump, and its lack of cargo space is criticized. But Stelvio doesn’t set out to be a direct comparison to the others; its buyers relish that it’s not as commonly seen on the streets as some of the “safer choices” in its segment.