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Just curious, why the Stelvio instead of the Giulia?
It fits our needs better as we do a lot of traveling over mountain passes which sometimes has snow accumulation. We were looking for a all purpose vehicle. This is a new niche in the highly competitive SUV/Crossover segment for Alfa. While it cetainly has performance it will not see "road and track" time. It is what it is, all the new technology and creature comforts. Not what one would expect from Alfa.
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Jim G, we tested BMW, Ford Edge also and my wife made the selection. She continues to rave about the " blind Spot" warning especially after dark. Size and fit for her was a big factor.
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I hear both the Giulia and Stelvio ads at least every two hours in California on the weekends on 1070 all news station from Orange County Alfa Romeo. They are currently advertising $3,500 off MSRP.

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Jim G, we tested BMW, Ford Edge also and my wife made the selection. She continues to rave about the " blind Spot" warning especially after dark. Size and fit for her was a big factor.
Cheers, Jon
We're up in Akron Ohio with her parents for Christmas. Went a drove one at the Alfa dealer in Strongsville, Ohio. Right off the bat they asked her if she wanted to drive one. Gave her the key, brushed off the snow and said enjoy the drive. I rode in the back. I was impressed with the room it has. I could feel the AWD system kicking in to prevent wheel spin since it was still snowing.

My wife committed about it being hard to see out the side and back. It was close to dusk when she drove it. I told her about the blind spot option. I'm glad to hear it really works well.

After Christmas We'll probably go down to Jim Ellis Alfa in Atlanta and look and see what kind of deal they will give. Hopefully a good one since they look to have around 150 of them in stock.

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Hey Jim,
It takes a bit to get used to the rear window because it is shaded and tinted. My wife has a vision problem with her left eye so the blind spot monitoring was a must.
I have driven it once( supervised) so not a lot of behind the wheel time. It is doing the kind of driving my wife's cars are accustomed too, short trips, lots of on/ off ignition. Like many Alfa owners we have had other marques for daily driving due to increased reliability. That said she drove an Alfetta for 12 years as a daily driver( sad when we sold it) and a Milano for a while although not so sad to see it go.
Having a Alfa for a driver is going to be nice if it holds up or a big financial loss if not.
We have had a couple contacts from AlfaRomeoUSA in which they appreciated our purchase and also emailed links to Utube which covers many of the owners manual items particularly when it comes to learning the options.
I noticed two nostalgic styling features to early Alfa's; the bump on the nose above the center grille as on my Duetto and the twin hooded gauge cluster similar to 1750 GTV
I did notice that the dealer in Atlanta was giving generous allowances.
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We have a new Stelvio for my wife as well.

In my limited seat time I feel they have done an excellent job of making a high quality, well thought out "normal" vehicle, with enough little Alfa touches to make it enjoyable for me as well. Materials and fit and finish are impressive. It is not a sports car, but the handling is tight and precise, and it is surprisingly quick without really working that hard.

It drives as well or better than the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, which is what I consider to be the best in the small Euro crossover segment. For that, Alfa deserves huge praise!

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We have a new Stelvio for my wife as well.

In my limited seat time I feel they have done an excellent job of making a high quality, well thought out "normal" vehicle, with enough little Alfa touches to make it enjoyable for me as well. Materials and fit and finish are impressive. It is not a sports car, but the handling is tight and precise, and it is surprisingly quick without really working that hard.

It drives as well or better than the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, which is what I consider to be the best in the small Euro crossover segment. For that, Alfa deserves huge praise!
Do the brakes on the Stelvio give you the same feeling of the older/original Alfas where when the the brakes are applied it feels like a hand has reached up under the car and is sucking the car toward the pavement while stopping?

I realize the Stelvio probably doesn't ride as low as the Alfas I'm accustomed to driving, but I've become accustomed to the better vision available with an SUV as opposed to a sedan etc.

One of the previous comments concerns me about it being hard to see out of -- my current SUV does not give me that problem, but it is a SUV, not a crossover.

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Cheryl ...I should have phrased that my wife is getting used to the differences between her old car and the Stelvio. Not difficult to see out of the rear window, just different as the window is tinted and has a trim piece to divert the air and grime away from the rear window and covers the upper portion
Brakes have evolved since the days of our early Alfa's and you can expect them to stop faster and firmer. You may not experience the "grabbing" feeling due to ABS and other improvements but be assured they will stop you when needed.
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