• Italy’s Full of Surprises: Stelvio and Velar Duel On and Off-Road [Video]

    We pitch Stelvio and Velar  head-to-head on the track and up Gold Mine Hill

    Here’s the scenario: You’re shopping for premium crossovers, and you have somewhere in the region of $50-75,000 to spend. Lucky you, but which one do you buy? The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, or the Range Rover Velar? Well, each brand is known for their performance. Although, in this instance, they go about achieving that performance in different ways. In this TFLcar video, we throw these new crossovers at Gold Mine Hill to see just how well they handle the rough stuff. To see how they fare as performance machines, we also pitch the Stelvio and Velar against each other in a sprint for glory on the track. Watch the video above to see the results!

    The contenders: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

    2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

    In this Stelvio and Velar challenge, let’s take a look at the Alfa Romeo first. This is the brand’s first SUV offering. It uses a similar platform to the Giulia sedan, and houses similar engines. Namely, it uses a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine in this particular model. With that engine, the Stelvio puts out 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. At sea level, this crossover accelerates from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. Although, at our track a mile above sea level, it makes the sprint in 6.36 seconds.

    Alfa Romeo designed this $53,640 (in this specification) crossover for the road, but how does it handle going off the beaten track? Well, despite omitting all the off-road switchgear you’d expect, the Stelvio’s all-wheel drive system handles the rough stuff fairly well. Approach and breakover angles are a concern for such a sporty crossover, but it did haul itself up stages 1 and 2 with few issues.

    The contenders: Range Rover Velar

    Stelvio and Velar on Gold Mine Hill
    2018 Range Rover Velar

    Now, in the Stelvio and Velar battleground, you’d expect the Range Rover to perform off-road. And it does, quite admirably. Sporting a 2.0-liter Ingenium turbodiesel with 180 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, its no speed demon. The numbers on the track bear that out. In the 0-60 run at a mile above sea level, the Range Rover Velar ambled up to pace in 11.13 seconds. In an out-and-out drag race, the Stelvio walks away from the Velar thanks to a 100 horsepower advantage and a significant weight advantage.

    However, on Gold Mine Hill, the $75,415 Range Rover Velar brings the off-road kit you’d need to trek farther off the beaten path. As evidenced in the video, the Terrain Response 2 system pulls the Velar up all three stages of the course.

    These vehicles, as equipped, aren’t in the same price bracket. However, they do cross paths near the bottom of the Velar’s price range. Either way, both crossovers are capable when it comes to light off-roading. The Range Rover is more luxurious and off-road capable, while the Alfa Romeo is less expensive and a better performer on the road.

    Which one would you prefer? Let us know in the comments! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more videos on your favorite new models, including runs up Gold Mine Hill.

    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach is a writer and Managing Editor for TFLcar. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in hot hatchbacks and off-road rigs. Born and raised in Colorado, Zach holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Colorado State University, and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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    7 thoughts on “Italy’s Full of Surprises: Stelvio and Velar Duel On and Off-Road [Video]

    1. Really wish TFL would review a Tesla Model X. It would destroy these SUV’s in every way. Luxury, speed, safety, new tech. Off road, OK, not as good as a Range Rover. But why not review a Tesla? And it is All American.

    2. I would take the Alfar Romeo without hesitation. I see many Range Rovers coming back to the dealers on the top of flat bed trucks for some problem,but not sure what they are.

    3. I think the Range Rover is nice looking but I can’t ignore the fact their both made for women designed by women. I still get get over how great the Alfa sounds but it looks hideous.

    4. Rambro Theirs a video of a tesla model x off-road and it’s literally falling apart on the trail on you tube it’s a blue one with an Asian dude driving it kool guy but it’s literally falling apart.

    5. TFL you need to get a better course for dedicated off roaders like TRD Pro’s, power wagons, FX4’s and Pro 4x’s.

      No offense to the prowess of these cuv’s, but if they can do it, I’m not impressed when dedicated off roaders can.

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