Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Engines offer reasonable economy for the power available
Reasonably powerful petrol and diesel engines are available in Alfa Romeo's first-ever SUV, with surprising economy considering the performance on offer thanks to the SUV’s relatively low weight – rather than any hybrid assistance.
Another financial fear among owners in the past was depreciation, with Alfas historically tending to lose a large percentage of their initial price when it came time to sell. However, the Stelvio – a desirable and fashionable SUV – has fared well thus far, with residual values on par with rivals.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio MPG & CO2
The economy champion of the range is the 2.2-litre diesel, which can return up to 46.3mpg while emitting 159g/km of CO2 in the facelifted version. While these figures should be fine for private buyers, the fact it sits in the top Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band won’t draw in many company car customers, who are more likely to seek out a plug-in hybrid or electric performance SUV instead.
The 2.0-litre petrol will be more expensive to run, because with 276bhp it only manages 33.2mpg. The high-powered Quadrifoglio claims an official fuel economy of 24.6mpg, which is similar to the Porsche Macan GTS, while the Alfa’s CO2 emissions stand at a hefty 261g/km. All Stelvio models cost the standard rate in VED (road tax) after their first year’s CO2-weighted payment (which is usually rolled into the on-the-road price). Most performance SUV models now tip over the £40,000 mark and the Quadrifoglio definitely does; so you’ll pay a surcharge payable for five years from the first time you tax the car after a year of ownership.
The Stelvio is relatively pricey to insure, with the pre-facelift 187bhp diesel in Super trim sitting in group 30 out of 50. The entry-level petrol gets the same classification, while the 276bhp Milano Edizione sits in group 36. Unsurprisingly, the Quadrifoglio sits in the very top group.
Alfa Romeo cars require yearly servicing, and servicing packages are available. Your dealer should be able to advise you on a service package that matches your annual mileage.
The Stelvio has five years' warranty cover, made up of 24 months from the manufacturer and then 36 months additional cover from Alfa Romeo’s UK operation. The 75,000-mile limit may seem a little restrictive, but equates to 15,000 miles a year, which is more than the average UK motorist will expect to cover. It’s worth noting that ex-demonstrators and fleet sales get a three-year warranty.