Unlike other crossover SUVs that prioritize ferrying people and moving things, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is more concerned about the driving experience. Just like a boxer on steroids, it offers performance for days! There has been a huge demand for high-riding performance vehicles, and we believe that this is a true driver's car. The truth is that most SUVs like the Audi SQ5, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and Porsche Macan Turbo cannot match well-sorted sports cars when it comes to delivering spectacular driving thrills although they are referred to as ‘sporty’ and ‘rapid.’ They’re just too blunt, too tall and too heavy. This is why the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio is so special; engineers made it from a sports car that is well-sorted. Yes, it is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio, our Sports Car of The Year. We have to say that we love how it has turned out; it’s quite mouth-watering.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was introduced in 2018; it belongs to the first Stelvio generation. In 2019, all Stelvios come with standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It also adds a base model that comes with rear-wheel-drive.
What are the highs and lows of this vehicle?
We love that it has powerful engines, precise and exciting handling, smooth automatic gearbox, sharp steering, 17in alloy wheels, and competitive running costs. It also stands out because of its distinctive styling. On the negative side, we think that the diesel engines are a little bit too noisy and it has a subpar interior trim quality. We also think that the Alfa could have done better with the rear seat space.
Which trim do we recommend?
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is offered with six trims: Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Stelvio Ti, Stelvio Ti Lusso, Stelvio Sport, Stelvio Ti Sport, and Stelvio. We like the new 4WD base model, but the Stelvio performs better when it comes with all-wheel drive. We would highly recommend the Stelvio Ti because of its parking sensors, steering wheel, and heated seats. You will be enjoying the best of this vehicle when you add the Sport package which brings steering-column-mounted shifter paddles and better seats.
Where does the power come from?
This performance SUV borrows its chassis from Maserati, its sister company. It has a four-wheel drive system and twin-turbocharged petrol V6 with a capacity of 2.9 liters; it delivers 503bhp. Would you like to hear the best part? This vehicle was tuned by Roberto Fedeli, an accomplished engineer with an impressive CV that includes 458 Speciale, F12 and Ferrari’s 599. He is the Christiano Ronaldo of car engineering. If that doesn’t motivate you to buy it, nothing will. The maximum speed is 176 mph. It only takes 3.8 seconds to claim a 0-62 mph time.
What do we think about the interior?
The entry-level trim comes with many good features like blindspot monitoring, rear and front parking sensors, ambient lighting, keyless entry, a rear-view camera, Android Auto, an infotainment system that is 6.5 inches big, electric tailgate, Apple CarPlay, pedestrian detection, automatic braking, cruise control, leather steering wheel as well as automatic lights and wipers. The high-end models come with Luxury or Sport packs, interior color choices and part-leather seats. On the outside, they have 18in wheels. The practicality of this vehicle is quite similar to the standard Stelvio. It has a smaller trunk than the GLC 63’s, but it is bigger than the Macan’s. Generally, the rear and the front are quite spacious.
How safe is it?
It is a very safe vehicle to drive in. According to the Euro NCAP crash test, this vehicle earned a perfect score of five stars, beating rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Audi Q5 for adult protection. The Stelvio is also better than the Q5 when it comes to safety assist features like lane departure warnings and emergency braking. However, it falls behind the Q5 and the GLC in the department of pedestrian and child protection. The Stelvio can handle a crash well, but it also comes with standard automatic braking that has lane departure warning and pedestrian detection.
What is our verdict about it?
So is it a true driver's car? Well, we think that it has done enough to be considered, but we’ll let you decide that. Driving the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is as enjoyable as it gets, but you might find yourself wondering whether it is more fun to drive the Giulia Quadrifoglio, its saloon equivalent. However, one can argue that the Stelvio is certainly the most dynamically adept SUV in the market. Others like the GLC 63 and the Range Rover SVR are simply boisterous toys, but the Stelvio offers real finesse. It is a good choice for anyone looking for a hot SUV.