Can Alfa Romeo's first SUV shake-up the establishment?

Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition v BMW X3 xDrive20d v Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription

After years in the wilderness Alfa Romeo announced itself as a serious premium car maker again in 2017 when it launched the Giulia.

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    • Blake Swan
      Blake Swan

      I actually find the BMW interior more drab that the Alfa. Volvo's interior is on a level above both of these. Driving wise, I would want the RWD based SUV in the Alfa. Really depends on what you are after. The Volvo is classic luxury. The Alfa is the driving performer. Very different audiences. I'd take the Alfa. This review did an excellent job capturing this. Very well done.

      about 1 year ago
    • Matthew Crocker
      Matthew Crocker In reply to Blake Swan

      Just replaced my X3 & Z4 with a Stelvio, since it’s as good & practical as the X3, and as fun as the Z4 (seriously). Awesome and gorgeous car, and Alfa was in the top 5 of What Car! driver survey too (Germans and Swedes were lower) .. so I don’t think quality/reliability is a concern any longer.

      about 10 months ago
    • Chris CC
      Chris CC In reply to Blake Swan

      The Alfa all day every day. It's a drivers car. You can drive it slow and enjoy its comfort. Or on the right road you can push hard. It's the best of both worlds.

      about 1 year ago
    • Blake Swan
      Blake Swan In reply to Blake Swan of course! Well deserved. Honestly you guys nailed it

      about 1 year ago
    • In reply to Blake Swan

      Thanks Blake!

      about 1 year ago
    • Tony
      Tony In reply to Blake Swan

      Blake Swan in Italy is available the Stelvio RWD for the base model 150hp diesel engine

      about 1 year ago
    • Kenneth P
      Kenneth P

      The Alfa every day, with its dynamic driving ability and performance, good looking on the outside and interior. The Bmw is another hum drum with nothing to feel proud of whilst the Volvo has the worst looking dashboard, who really needs a large tablet in the dash, that I leave at home and drive an Alfa for exhilaration and exclusivity

      about 14 days ago
    • Michael Mesolella
      Michael Mesolella

      The BMW X3 is the best all-around vehicle in this segment.

      about 28 days ago
    • bearmegmoo

      Is it me or these guys talk shit ?

      about 2 months ago
    • Marcio Oliveira
      Marcio Oliveira


      about 3 months ago
    • Oh adams
      Oh adams

      Would you guys take the RDX a spec or the Stelvio ti sport???

      about 4 months ago
    • Terry C. North
      Terry C. North

      I have driven BMW's for a long time throughout my career as a Sales Rep. I had shopped the Alfa from the day it was introduced, driving one day in Iowa, I passed by a dealer in Des Moines who had several Stelvios in stock. Two days later I had traded in my 750ix Msport for a Stelvio Sport Ti. I cannot describe the enjoyment I get driving the Stelvio, it is quick and nimble, not luxurious. Always a consideration are netteling issues with Alfa quality, after 18K miles on the clock I have had zero issues. There are certainly details this SUV doesn't have that I wish it did, but what a joy this is to drive. Could use Heads Up display, and the infotainment doesn't even compare to my '15 Jeep (from the same FCA family). But I just tell myself the interior is all I really need, the dash is unencumbered, clean in a word! Buy it, you will not regret it!

      about 5 months ago
    • Pauly Flyer
      Pauly Flyer

      Alfa Romeo would be the most fun but I like to be able to get to my destination without breaking down sorry Alfa

      about 5 months ago
    • alfredo gueli
      alfredo gueli

      I test drove all 3. Volvo bored me to sleep. BMW was good but didnt want to join the million asian women driving them. Was not even contemplating on the Alfa and it was sheer co-incidence showroom was next to BMW. Took it for a test drive and actually bought it.!! (First Edition) Have lived with it now for almost 6 months and its exciting as it was when I test drove it. People really need to realise how good the Stelvio is. In my opinion Alfa got it right on.

      about 5 months ago
    • Shaun

      One of the most annoying reviews I have ever heard, how much More can You emphasise Words during the Narration.

      about 5 months ago
    • Kurt Muroki
      Kurt Muroki

      Alfa for me. I've tried the BMW and the Alfa. No comparison in my mind. Volvo I still need to try, but I prefer sporty and fun to luxury only because I'd get bored after a few months. to be clear, I prefer the standard Alfa to the X3 M40i!

      about 6 months ago
    • MaZEEZaM

      They should add servicing and parts costs to the comparison, from what I understand Alfa Romeo have very high servicing and parts costs compared to many manufacturers. My pick would be the Volvo.

      about 6 months ago
    • Kurt Muroki
      Kurt Muroki In reply to MaZEEZaM

      I have a 10 year and unlimited powertrain warranty. That's way more than enough compensation.

      about 6 months ago
    • Peter Steele
      Peter Steele

      Alfa has the others licked in all departments. But I can see why you’d take the Volvo. Very stylish.

      about 7 months ago
    • Jose Castro
      Jose Castro

      I test drive the Volvo and the Alfa and as soon as I got on the road with the Alfa, I knew that was my pick and bought it that same day. The X3 is very boring so I didn’t even consider it and I couldn’t afford a M model. I’m more about the driving experience so the fancy interior and tech didn’t really sway me. However, the new gen X4 looks amazing.

      about 7 months ago
    • Galaga

      The BMW all day, any day of the week.

      about 8 months ago
    • Jon Bird
      Jon Bird

      Having owned Alfa's I find one loves Alfa's "in spite of" - not "because of". It seems the Stelvio will sit comfortably in this stable. Currently looking for a good deal on one.

      about 8 months ago
    • Theodore Taylor
      Theodore Taylor

      When it was time to write the check I couldn't stomach the idea every day of looking at either the front end or dashboard of the Alfa and it has a horrible reputation for build quality. The BMW 3 Series was the third most recalled vehicle in the U.S. last year and not only are they omnipresent where I live, the X3 is boring to look at (unless on 21 inch rims with M Sport) and again the interior looks as if it's from the 90's. The XC60 was a no brainer. More spec, more safety and more a thinking man's SUV than anything other than the much more expensive Macan.

      about 8 months ago
    • Steevenoo

      BMW for sure !!!

      about 9 months ago
    • mahdi Moha
      mahdi Moha

      Surely Volvo is the winner here!

      about 9 months ago
    • Grant Muir
      Grant Muir

      BMW X3 looks old compared to the other two.

      about 10 months ago
    • Henrik Lindegaard Jensen
      Henrik Lindegaard Jensen

      Alfa for sure

      about 10 months ago
    • Daniel Kell
      Daniel Kell

      Mercedes GLC

      about 10 months ago
    • Ben Lee
      Ben Lee

      X3 is more balanced between Alfa and Volvo.
      To me volvo sub is not man enough

      about 10 months ago
    • Mario

      Quand je vois une Alfa Romeo, je retire mon chapeau! Henry Ford.

      about 10 months ago
    • C Beaty
      C Beaty

      Well, as I am dumping my huge clunky '16 x5, and wanted something a bit smaller, I drove all of these. The x3 Beamer was just a scaled down version of the x5, and the updates since my '16 just make it feel cheesier on the dash, not cooler. Still, it's solid (of course) but for my money, a bit boring. The Volvo was really luxurious, but has no sex appeal. Its squared-off hood feels very Volvo and very old-fashioned, and personally, I hated that huge touch screen infotainment console up front. Whereas the Stelvio! Oh my, what a lovely drive! I mean, if you just want a good medium-sized SUV to commute in, or take your 2 kids to soccer, go with either of the other two. They will both be great cars. But if you have to spend a lot of time in your car, and you care about how your car drives and FEELS, then the Alfa wins it hands down. The heart wants what the hearts wants...

      about 10 months ago
    • In reply to C Beaty

      Great stuff Constance!

      about 10 months ago
    • YorkU Degree
      YorkU Degree

      BMW X3 (my choice), Audi Q5 and MB GLC are better overall vehicles. The Volvo XC60 is a great vehicle, but not better than the Germans in overall driving and the tablet screen is diverts your attention from the road. Stelvio has a confusing array of low quality options that don't blend together, but they're the most expensive vehicle close to the Macan. An excellent 1st Edition effort, but this is far from being a good choice.

      about 10 months ago
    • James Williamson
      James Williamson

      I bought an Alfa Romeo Stelvio after testing driving the Lexus RX350 and Volvo XC60. Wasn't interested in the BMW X3 because didnt like the appearance that much. Lexus was bulky and boring to drive. Volvo had better handling and performance with dressiest interior. Stelvio, however, was far and away best handling and performance with best value. Agree with youtube video on Volvo being dressier interior but handling and performance definitley lacking compared to Stelvio and Volvo much pricier. Wife even liked Stelvio better. After 4500 trouble free miles and I couldn't be happier. You've got to test drive to feel the differrence,

      about 10 months ago
    • Robert Jenkins
      Robert Jenkins

      Bought the Stelvio , first edition love it drives better than X3.

      about 10 months ago
    • W J
      W J

      bmw looks like a pig

      about 11 months ago
    • Sgt Garnier
      Sgt Garnier

      Heart says Alpha, reliability says bmw.

      about 11 months ago