Alfa Romeo has been in business for 110 years and for about 106 of those years, it didn’t need an SUV.
That all changed as luxury ‘utes took over the world and compelled parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to steer the legend toward a suburban people-hauler.
Or not, as the Stelvio I drove in its original iteration back in 2018, while fine at hauling people, was far more optimized to provide driverly thrills.
I had complaints back then — about the interior’s lack of premium-ness and the absence of a good infotainment system. And lo! Alfa listened. They course-corrected with the refreshed Stelvio.
My 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio tester arrived in Ti Sport trim, wearing a Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat paint job that was simply luminous. Price? $45,745 before a lot of options took it to $61,240.
Took me back to 2018, when I first got my hands on the Stelvio, Alfa Romeo’s first crack at an SUV.
The 2020 refresh didn’t mess with the fantastic good looks — the Stelvio remains one of the most, if not the most, eye-catching luxury SUVs on the market.