The newly added Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti could be the sensible choice for buyers who want their luxury mid-sized SUV to offer graceful levels of grunt. It’s more plush and better equipped than the regular Stelvio, albeit not quite as sharply determined as the flagship V6 twin-turbo Quadrifoglio. 

Sipping premium benzina, the Ti is a petrol-powered performance-fettled offering that doesn’t quite ask for as much comfort compromise as the range-topping version - but, as with all things bearing the Alfa Romeo badge, it’s designed to be a compelling drive.

This Ti spec gets a bunch of extra stuff over the standard model, and has a thrusty tuned-up four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, too. It’s designed to put the ‘sports’ into Sports Utility Vehicle. 

So does a sporty SUV make sense, considering the long list of alternatives, such as the BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Lexus NX, Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar F-Pace? And does the sole Italian-branded offering in the segment deserve your consideration? Let’s find out.