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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-06-2019, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
Peter A
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New Stelvio Owner

Just traded my beloved Jag XJL 5.0 S/C RWD for a Stelvio Ti. Picked the Stelvio over a new CX-5 prestige and a CPO F-type R-sport diesel with 20K miles. New job will require me to pull 30K+ miles per year, put a dog crate in the car and have AWD. Of course I picked the Stelvio because it drives most like a sports sedan.

I secured a great deal on a previously unregistered 2018 demo with 6K miles, probably b/c it has no sport seats, panoramic roof, premium stereo, nav or apple car play and no shift paddles. I can do without those although the seats would have been great. It did have the full package of safety features in the dynamic driver assist pack, seat/mirror/steering wheel heat, etc. The 19" wheels fine for me with bad roads here in the NE, will probably do 18" with snows in the winter for max insurance. MSRP was over $48K.

I've put 1000 miles on so far, super happy. The ultra quick steering required seat time to drive smoothly on the highway. Standard seats are comfortable 4+ hours in the saddle. Cornering is flat, understeer modest. Enough grunt to pick my spot in traffic. Interior noise level is acceptable. Adaptive cruise works as advertised. Standard stereo is acceptable (even the upgraded one would never be a match for the 1200w Bowers and Wilkens in the Jag). Like that tire pressures show each wheel.

Gripes? The infotainment is fiddly, the aluminum interior trim will scratch easily, a little rough shifting at slow speeds in all but D mode (the 6-speed Jag ZF was tremendous, and the power insane), crappy exhaust sound. I think the black exterior would look better with pinstripe although the (optional) metallic black paint is super nice. For my highway driving from NJ to Boston, it is a great vehicle. Nice offset to the GTV6s that I have!

Will resist the urge to do the Eurocompulsion or other intake+ecu+exhaust upgrade, a set of lowering springs or 20" wheels. If I keep it long term, will do those things and find a pair of sport seats in the junkyard from a Guilia or Stelvio. Resisting the urge to go for Quad which would be great but a waste rolling along the highway.

Peter A
'82 gtv6 3.0, '86 gtv6 3.0, '18 Stelvio TI
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