The interior layout, fit and finish
Let’s start with what’s good, shall we? The Quadrifoglio truly feels like a step above the regular Stelvio. It gets a leather-wrapped dashboard, glossy carbonfibre trim splashed throughout the interior, beautifully crafted aluminium shift paddles and a steering wheel laced with Alcantara and carbonfibre.
However, if you compare the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to other similarly priced performance SUVs rather than to cheaper versions of itself, it falls down somewhat. Put simply, the plastics used inside wouldn’t look out of place in an entry-level family hatchback, while none of the switches operate with the pleasing precision of those found in the Macan and SQ5. And although it comes with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped 8.8in infotainment system, poor graphics and slow response times limit functionality.
That said, equipment is generous, with front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, keyless entry, blindspot monitoring and ambient lighting coming as standard.
Plus, the driving position is also impressive – important in a car with this much performance. So far, we’ve only tried cars with the Sparco Carbon Shell sports seats. They’re an admittedly expensive option, but they look absolutely fantastic, offer loads of support and allow you to sit down nice and low behind the slim-rimmed steering wheel and well-positioned pedals. Just, remember that the only electric adjustment you get on them is for height.