It's no secret that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia offer thrilling driving experiences. The Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan has a best-in-class 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and takes the title of Alfa Romeo's "most powerful production car" with a 3.8 second 0-60 mph. Not to be outdone, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV has a best-in-class 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph. Believe it or not, it takes more than a best-in-class horsepower and a hair-raising 0-60 time to satisfy the premium car shopper. Luxury shoppers make their final decisions based on criteria such as the latest safety and infotainment technology and a comfortable, premium interior.
Although they remain largely unchanged from the outside and under the hood, the 2020 Stelvio and Giulia get some important updates to their interiors and technology. Alfa Romeo hopes these changes will boost sales amid a competitive premium market to keep the vehicles on shoppers' lists until the next redesign. To get a closer look at the two updated vehicles, we joined the Midwest Automotive Media Association and the Alfa Romeo team at Iron Gate Motor Condos, an event and garage space for car collectors and enthusiasts.
The event space where we gathered housed dozens of classic cars with stunning floor-to-ceiling murals commemorating the founders of iconic car brands including Chevrolet, Cobra, Lamborgini, and Ferrari. After we marveled (and drooled a little) at the collection and artwork at Iron Gate, it was time to get down to business, learn about the 2020 Stelvio and Giulia, and go for a test drive. Here's what you need to know about the updates for 2020.
New standard features in both the 2020 Giulia and Stelvio include a redesigned console offering more storage along the side and in front of the shifter than the 2019 models. A thicker, racing-inspired steering wheel, premium leather-wrapped shifter with contact stitching, and an upgraded premium rotary knob can be found in the updates along with laminated glass which improves the overall aesthetic of the cabin.
Albeit small, these changes are made strategically to the key touchpoints in the cockpit that drivers pay attention to the most. When a shopper test drives a Giulia or Stelvio, these details will be noticed as soon as he or she gets behind the wheel, shifts into Drive, and gets a good grip on the steering wheel. When it comes to premium vehicles, all these details culminate in a more premium (and desirable) first impression.
New Technology and Safety Features
Nearly all the tech in the 2020 Stelvio and Giulia has been improved starting with a new standard 8.8-inch touchscreen which takes the place of the 6.5-inch standard screen available in 2019. The 2020 system also offers a faster processor and improved graphics for a better experience. User-friendly features are added, including driver-configurable interactive widgets and a better layout allowing for a multi-screen view.
New connectivity features also bring the 2020 Stelvio and Giulia up to date with driver demands. These include a Wi-Fi hotspot, mobile app, and standard SiriusXM Radio with a complimentary 12-month subscription. Finally, the instrument cluster gets a makeover with an all-new design, vehicle information pages, and driver assistance systems.
Along with the infotainment and driver information technology, the 2020 Giulia and Stelvio also get safety upgrades with new ADAS that features level II autonomy. All-new features include a highway assist system, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, active blind spot assist, and driver attention alert, and standard full-speed forward collision warning-plus.
Performance and Pricing
While the powertrains of the Giulia and Stelvio remained unchanged for 2020, we were still eager to get behind the wheel of the powerful 2020 Stelvio Quadrifoglio for a quick test drive. The 505-horsepower, Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V6 quickly made its presence known as we looped the neighborhood around Iron Gate Motor Condos. Accelerating from a stoplight was effortless which is no surprise given the Quadrifoglio's best-in-class 0-60 of 3.6 seconds. Unfortunately, the 45 mph speed limit restricted us from testing out the Stelvio's quoted top speed of 176 mph.
Without the speed restrictions we encountered on our suburban roads, this SUV makes itself right at home on a track thanks to its powerful engine and sporty handling. Its near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, torque-vectoring rear differential, and precise steering culminate in a capable (and fun) driving experience. The comfortable driver's seat offered plenty of bolstering and the premium details found inside made us want to keep driving, but grudgingly we returned to allow someone else a chance. If you forgo the Quadrifoglio trim in favor of the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti, you'll find a 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbocharged engine under the hood for 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, a 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 144 mph.
If a quick sports sedan is more your speed, check out the updated 2020 Giulia. The Giulia and Giulia Ti models, which share an engine with the Stelvio, offer 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, a 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. Upgrading to the Giulia Quadrifoglio gets you 505-horsepower, a 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a frighteningly fast top speed of 191 mph. Along with the significant power and torque advantage of the Quadrifoglio trims, there is also a significant price premium which we outline below.
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia: $39,345
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: $74,445
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio $41,345
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: $80,445