Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD SUV 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio on a road test review

In the world of sports SUVs the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio stands almost apart from all the others.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio front qtrHere is an AWD SUV that is both beautiful to look at and beautiful to drive. It certainly attracted plenty of attention and compliments about its design when I was out and about.

Starting from a touch under $148,000, plus the usual costs, the range-topping Quadrifoglio boasts a powerful 2.9L V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering power of 375kW and torque of 600 Nm, it has a top speed of 283 km/h and will race from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio driver instruments

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio interior

Figures tell you one thing, driving tells us another. While many sports SUVs with that kind of performance tend to be a bit brutal in delivery, the Alfa is all smoothness and finesse.

In fact the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is deceptively quick, the acceleration, when you plant the right foot is exhilarating and there is a sharp raspy exhaust note.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio driver select

The closest to The Stelvio Quadrifoglio in terms of price performance ratio and smoothness is the Jaguar F-PACE SVR, which is also beautiful in design.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio driver dials

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Performance
  • Bang for Buck
  • Beautiful design
  • Unsettled suspension at low speeds
  • No HUD
  • Unsightly paddle shifts

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio engine

Model   

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Model Price $147,950 MLP*
Engine 2.9L V Twin Turbo Petrol
Drivetrain AWD 8 Sp Sports AT
Power 375kW @ 6500rpm
Torque 600Nm @ 2500-5000rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested Mar 2018)
CO2 Emissions 233 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 10.2L/100km / 12.1L/100K on test / 64L
0-100kmh/Top Speed 3.8 Secs / 283 kmh
Servicing 12 Mths / 15,000km Fixed price service
Warranty 3yr/ 150,000 km with 3 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio profile

Overall Rating    

89/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 10
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing/Payload Capability 9
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 9

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio rear qtr

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Performance - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Design / Style - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / connectivity - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.9/10

Summary

In the world of sports SUVs the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio stands almost apart from all the others.

In fact the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is deceptively quick, the acceleration, when you plant the right foot is exhilarating and there is a sharp raspy exhaust note.

About Rob Fraser 1989 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.