Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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Introduction

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Can a performance SUV, such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that you see here, ever be considered a true driver's car? You know, one of those machines that has the magic ability to lure you out of bed on Sunday morning. A car that you don’t simply use to get from A to B.

Judging by the public’s insatiable appetite for high-riding performance machines, you might be tempted to answer in the affirmative. But we’re not so sure. You see, despite SUVs such as the Porsche Macan Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and Audi SQ5 often being described as ‘rapid’ or ‘sporty’, in reality, they don’t come close to delivering the same level of driving thrill as a well-sorted sports car – they’re simply too heavy, too tall and too blunt.

But what if you were to base your sports SUV on a well-sorted performance car? Well, that’s the route Alfa Romeo’s engineers took when developing the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. And the results look rather mouth-watering.

Based on the scintillating Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon, Alfa’s hot SUV benefits from using the same chassis and the same fire-breathing 503bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine, and has a four-wheel drive system borrowed from sister company Maserati. Oh, and did we mention that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was tuned by none other than former Ferrari' chief engineer Roberto Fedeli? It certainly bodes well that the brand’s 599, F12 and 458 Speciale sports cars appear on his CV.

In raw pace alone, the results speak for themselves, with Alfa claiming a 0-62mph time of just 3.8sec, an eye-watering top speed of 176mph and a record-setting Nürburgring lap time of 7min 51sec.  

But of course, while numbers like those listed above make for a good headline, they don’t tell you how a car performs in the real world. That’s what we’ll be investigating in this review.

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At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions24.6 - 24.6
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / No mileage cap

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