Bought a new Stelvio today
Hi, Stelvio owners!
We've been in the market for a crossover for a while to replace a Mazda CX-5 we've had for 5 years and getting bored of. Honestly, I had not considered the Stelvio at all as a possible replacement until yesterday when I watched an episode of Grand Touring that featured the Quadrfoglio. Hmm, while a 505 HP vehicle is not for me, the show definitely piqued my interest.
So today I visited an Alfa dealer just to take a look and get a test drive. Low and behold a short drive later followed by some number talk and I left my CX-5 behind and walked away with a 2019 Stelvio Sport AWD!
I didn't even know that there was a "Sport" model. Certainly the Alfa USA site doesn't make it obvious from the main Stelvio page but I finally found it after the fact. My car has a number of options but the package that I wasn't aware of that makes this car the Sport model is package 22J that includes AWD, 19" 5-hole wheels (so cool), paddle shifters and other niceties that almost make this a TI model. I stopped short of purchasing a TI as it was more than I was willing to go, price wise.
The rather large paddle shifters take some getting used to. After about 25 miles I finally stopped hitting them by accident and bruising my hand!
Apple CarPlay works like a charm but the interaction with it using the "old-school" dial interface took some getting used to. I would have preferred a touch screen but I'll get used to it.
It's really no comparison the Stelvio driving experience vs my CX-5. It just went from boring to fun, though I didn't try the latest turbo CX-5 engine nor do I want to now.
Anyways, I'm glad I pulled the trigger and happy to join this forum. I hope to learn a lot more about the vehicle from all you experienced owners. I've got some questions about the car that I'm sure have been answered multiple times so I'll make use of the forum's search capability before posting.
Pic of my white Stelvio with black/red interior is attached. I really dig that red interior!