A blistering ride full of power and speed that also offers family practicality.
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Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio is a large salivating beast – and with the Quadrifoglio treatment, it’s even more of a snarler.
Alfas don’t have the same build quality as the usual German suspects, but the Italian brand drives as well as any Bimmer, Merc or Audi.
The Quadrifoglio, or QV as we often shorten the name to in the UK, is like BMW’s M, Audi’s RS or Mercedes’ AMG. The green cloverleaf badge signifies blistering power and speed – as well as lots of stops at fuel pumps.
Room for five
Of course, if you’re a petrolhead, you won’t care too much about efficiency. Instead, you’ll be grinning about the 510ps lump that enables this SUV to get to 62mph in a mere 3.8 seconds. Drive it somewhere without speed limits, and you’ll feel like you’re about to take off. Why? Because the Stelvio QV can reach 176mph.
The car is also able to switch between driving modes – from “Efficiency” to “Race” – and it can be comfy, too. This isn’t always the case when it comes to sporty, large-wheeled high-riders.
A 2.9-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine propels the car – and this is hooked up to a reassuringly grippy four-wheel-drive system. The Stelvio QV is practical, too, with room in the cabin for five and a boot offering 525 litres of cargo space.
Sure, some of the interior isn’t screwed together that well, but behind the wheel of such a monster you’ll doubtless be concentrating on the road too much to let that irk you.
Fast Facts – Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.9 Turbo Petrol Quadrifoglio as tested:
- Max speed: 176mph
- 0-62 mph: 3.8 secs
- Combined mpg: 28.8
- Engine layout: 2891cc six-cylinder (V6) petrol turbo
- Max. power (PS): 510
- CO2: 222g/km
- Price: £70,900