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Alfa’s super-SUV? Heresy! You know the tactic by now. Global appetite for big, imposing 4x4s is insatiable. Alfa Romeo needs to make money. The Giulia saloon’s platform and mechanicals were always intended – destined – to spawn the mid-sized Stelvio SUV. And since the Giulia (despite being a fine steer and refreshingly sorted-for-an-Alfa) isn’t actually racing out of showrooms, Alfa needs the Stelvio to start racking up the orders. Offended by another classic marque kneeling at the super-SUV altar? Look at it this way: this is the closest you’re going to get to a fast Giulia Estate. Is it very practical then, the Stelvio? Not massively, compared to the new BMW X3 or a Mercedes GLC. It’s a sporty-focused car. Even the standard diesel version. Drive smartly, ask questions about visibility and spaciousness later.