Car and Driver Covers What's new for 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia

The Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV have loyally fulfilled their roles as benchmarks of the brand we love to represent so much every day here at Jim Butler Alfa Romeo of St Louis. Car and Driver agreed wholeheartedly that for the new year, both vehicles arrive brandishing the same very sharp handling, crisply communicative steering, confident braking, and perfectly-pitched exhaust as the 2019 versions. The location for taking the two for a spin was late autumn sunshine-soaked roads of Southern Italy's Puglia region, where the team claimed the cabins were much quieter than the outgoing models.

  

Laminated side-window glass and additional sound dampening help with this task, and a new 8.5-inch infotainment touchscreen replaces both the 6.5 and 8.8-inch non-touch displays from the outgoing model. There is now a new software interface designed by Marelli with an upscale appearance, and elements like the optional navigation system, climate control, performance metrics, and radio settings reside on tiles that  can be dragged and dropped into your preferred order. There's also a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot on board, and turn by turn navigation to help you discern direction during the drive.

 

Automated forward emergency braking is now standard on both model lineups, and there are optional extras such as traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, active blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance, a driver attention monitor, and a semi-autonomous driving mode that is paired with adaptive cruise control. It's called “Traffic Jam and Highway Assist”, and is a lane-centering system that allows for hands-off cruising. There has also been a revamping of cabin materials: the center console in both vehicles has now been redesigned, providing increased storage space, an optional wireless device charging pad, a new leather-wrapped shift lever, and knobs and switches with a higher-end feel.

 

Directly facing the driver is a now-standard 7.0 – inch color information display right between the gauges, and there are upgraded materials and a new finish for the steering wheel. Some Stelvio trim levels that can now be had with body-colored lower trim pieces in place of the regularly-appearing dark plastic bits. The 2020 Giulia and Stelvio offer a level of driving satisfaction that the Car and Driver seasoned staff “would love to see from every passenger car”, and Alfa Romeo's goal has always been to put forth an experience that is elevated from the norm.

  

The base Stelvio engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder number, producing 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque, paired with a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission in either rear or all-wheel drive. The car-loving crew on staff at Motor1.com also reflected over the past month that they felt what was previously a “hyper-sensitive brake by wire system” has been tamed, and that the 2020 model has a much more behaved and modulated pedal feel. There's even a free 12-month trial of SiriusXM radio to sweeten the pot on these two new beauties, and we couldn't be more proud of their performance, prowess, and prime stature!


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