New Jaguar F-Pace SVR vs Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

With a mighty V8 engine, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR has the firepower to take on Alfa Romeo’s award-winning Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Let’s see who makes the best posh sports SUV...

Alfa Romeo Stelvio interior

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

There’s an initial sense of luxury when you climb into either of our contenders, with plenty of leather, metal trims and, in the Stelvio’s case, carbonfibre. But look past this garnish and you soon realise that both could have tried harder. 

In the end, it’s the F-Pace that feels plusher, with more solid-feeling switches and a greater spread of soft-touch materials, but in both cars you’ll find some surprisingly cheap-feeling plastics in areas you’ll touch regularly. 

Jaguar F-Pace interior

The F-Pace not only has a better driving position but also comes with comfortable 14-way electrically adjustable front seats as standard, whereas you have to pay £995 just to get eight-way electric adjustment for the Stelvio’s standard seats. There’s a second seat option in the Stelvio: carbonfibre-backed buckets (£3250) up front with electric adjustment for height but manual for everything else. Thankfully, they’re comfortable on long journeys and much more supportive than the F-Pace’s.