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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

(2018 – present)

    Summary


    Named after a challenging Alpine road, the Stelvio launched as Alfa Romeo’s first SUV in 2017, and quickly became the Italian brand’s best-selling model.

    The Quadrifoglio name was applied to the outright performance version which joined the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2 diesel in showrooms in 2018. It employs a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, pushing out some 510hp and encouraging Alfa Romeo to describe the Quadrifoglio as the world’s fastest SUV – it takes 3.8 seconds to reach 62mph and goes on to some 176mph.

    In truth there are faster SUVs than the Quadrifoglio, but according to testers few with a chassis that copes so well with the power. “It has a remarkable level of precision and body control and a natural cornering balance,” says Autocar.

    Ride comfort also gets the thumbs-up, though at slow speeds it can crash over potholes. And the looks come in for praise, the Daily Mail describing the Quadrifoglio as “the world’s first ‘pretty’ SUV.”

    The interior impresses rather less. It was improved with a facelift in 2020 and the worst of the brittle plastic surfaces removed but still reviewers argue that it’s not quite as upmarket as premium rivals. The infotainment system may be much-improved but still regarded as way behind the competition.

    All testers agree that the seats are very comfortable and SUV interior practicality has not been sacrificed for speed; “one of the most practical 500bhp cars ever made,” says Carbuyer.   

    Overall, however, reviewers feel the Quadrifoglio will be bought purely for its potency; Carbuyer summing up the general view by describing it as “a true performance SUV with a fantastic engine that’s great fun to drive.”

    As of June 2022, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio currently holds an Expert Rating of 80% from 18 reviews.

    Stelvio Quadrifoglio highlights

    • Very powerful
    • Handling ability to cope with the power
    • Sporty looks for an SUV
    • Lots of space inside
    • Comfortable seats

    Stelvio Quadrifoglio lowlights

    • Ride quality not great at low speeds
    • Expensive to buy and tax
    • Expensive to run with low mpg
    • Giulia Quadrifoglio still more fun to drive

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
    Engines: 2.9-litre petrol
    Price: From £74,065 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2018
    Last updated: Summer 2020
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: July 2017
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 97%
    Child protection: 84%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 60%

    Notes on safety

    The Alfa Romeo Stelvio was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 when it launched, testers basing their review around the 2.2 diesel version and giving it a top five-star rating. Testers noted the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking as performing well in all situations but decided the driver-set speed limiter was too complex and did not mark it.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    If the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here. However, don’t be expecting an outstanding set of results from a 500hp petrol V6-powered sports SUV…

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio range to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has received

    2020

    • 4×4 Magazine Awards – Best Performance SUV

    2019

    • What Car? Awards – Best Performance SUV for more than £60K

    2018

    • Carwow Awards – Driver’s Award

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    There are not many hugely potent SUVs and so the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has few direct rivals. The Porsche Macan Turbo comes at a similar price but with less equipment, and the BMW X3M is significantly more expensive than the Alfa.   

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