With so much talk of the Stelvio being designed to out-handle the opposition, it shouldn’t be a great surprise to find that it has a rather firm ride. Although it never bangs, crashes or gets too upset by imperfect surfaces, you will feel lumps, bumps and potholes through your seat. This is most noticeable at low speeds.
At higher speeds, however, the sports oriented suspension set-up comes into its own, dealing with crests and compressions with a fluency and finesse that is usually reserved for the best sports saloons. And unlike softer rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5, pitch and roll are well controlled, so sudden direction changes have less of an effect on passengers.
As always, we’d suggest sticking to smaller wheels if you are looking for the best ride, although from our experience with the Giulia, we suspect that fitting optional adaptive dampers will have an even greater impact on passenger comfort (we have yet to test this system on the Stelvio).