yeah, it can definitely blend with a CX 5. The details are very different, but in passing...definite similarities.
Probably why Mazda is a close second favorite brand right now, just wish they would go back to a more sporting focus. And make a RX again...
, great comparison! It's funny since some of the things you describe..the higher position, the slight body roll, sway, etc...I think is part of the fun of the Base Stelvio...although I have 20's and the lower sidewall does change things some...not huge though really.
The extra level of control required feels rewarding to me. Totally get why you would enjoy the other experience more too, though. To me one feels more serious and the other more wacky. Both are fun and have benefits.
As far as not pushing you back the same...if yours is a Q4 (you said base..a base 2wd is different, just not sure which you have) the power moving to the front accounts for some of the different feel..fwd doesn't put you back the same...and the lower axle ratio up front magnify's the effect to me. Be interested if you ever time it!
Still the lower Giulia with less weight transfer in the car will "feel" faster...and probably is.
For the confidence around corners...you have to take the attitude of a 20 year old in a WRX.....grip the wheel with both hands and repeat "In all wheel drive I trust, in all wheel drive I trust..." (Not if yours is RWD though!)
You'll get used to it. Not saying it will be faster than the Guilia or anything, just saying it'll be faster than you think and a lot of fun!!!! Like stupid fun, especially once you figure out how to manage the side to side sway at high speeds through s-turns like a champ.
The RWD I would enjoy that extra oversteer maybe...but maybe not too....
Either way..great write up again. Kinda deserves it's own thread.