2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport variant now on sale in Australia

Alfa Romeo Australia is introducing a new variant of its only SUV, the Stelvio, for 2021, called the Stelvio Sport. It comes in as the new entry level variant.

The new variant blends in plenty of the company’s latest technologies while ensuring its sporty DNA is carried through. For example, the Stelvio Sport comes standard with the Advanced Driver Assistance System which includes traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed control, active blind-spot assist, and driver attention monitoring.

Thanks to the clever hardware of these features, the adaptive cruise control can automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed according to speed signs, once the driver engages the control on the steering wheel. The system also includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, auto high-beam headlights, and lane-keep assist.

Other standard features include a new 8.8-inch touch-screen media interface, heated front seats with power bolsters in the front, aluminium dash trimmings and sporty pedals, and wireless phone charging. Buyers can option up to a premium 14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, hands-free tailgate, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and space-saver spare wheel.

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As for the power? The new Stelvio Sport features a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that develops 147kW and 330Nm, which is sent through an eight-speed auto transmission and into Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel drive system. The company claims 0-100km/h can be done and dusted in a very respectable 7.2 seconds.

Alfa Romeo Australia says the new variant is on sale now, with prices starting from $69,450 (excluding on-road costs). That’s a bit more than the previous entry-level model, which started from $65,900 back in 2019, however, the new Sport comes with a lot more kit. Buyers have two standard and seven premium exterior colours to choose from, including the latest Racing Green.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.