You must have been there an hour or so before me... I was going up Forge Hill on Saturday, saw the Stelvio and took a sharp detour
I'd agree with everything. It's not quite as stuck to the road as the Giulia, but you only end up thinking that because you forget that it's not a car at all. An SUV shouldn't be this good to steer - there are cars that don't drive as well as this. The other thing is the engine: it's absolutely whisper-quiet at standstill, even quieter than the 180 diesel in the Giulia - When I started it up, I had to check where the redline was on the rev gauge to be sure if it was a petrol or diesel.
That's the good, now the bad. The price! Around €57k, give or take. That's actually pretty good value for this size of vehicle with AWD: Jaguar want nearly 60k for the equivalent F-Pace, which is not as powerful (and has a way cheaper cabin), and the Germans want various amounts over 60k.
My wife liked it more than the Giulia due to the higher driving position and slightly more space inside (that could be due to the Stelvio having a nicer interior than the "black-and-black-and-black" interior of the Guilia we tried).
If I was still driving long distances, and came into a bit of money, I would seriously consider one, though. The finance/lease deal isn't bad at the moment either: 2.9% PCP or 0% finance.
By the way, the 200bhp Petrol model mentioned above is already on the pricelist and configurator: Super trim only, and only in AWD, it costs €57k (it's in VRT band D just like the 280, so it's hit with 27%; the diesels are all in band A4 or B for 17 or 18% VRT)