Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £73,195What Car? Target Price from£70,561

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Nobody enters into ownership of a performance SUV and expects it to be a cheap experience, but nobody wants to end up throwing money away, either. Thankfully the Stelvio Quadrifoglio costs less than both the BMW X3 M Competition and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S – the latter being its closest rival in terms of raw performance.

And unlike with the BMW and Mercedes, there’s little impulsion to go crazy on the options list: 20in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, xenon headlights, leather-and-Alcantara seats, cruise control, sat-nav and Bluetooth are just some of the luxuries included. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are competitive versus those rivals', too, and servicing costs are similarly eye-watering.

As part of its refresh in 2020, the Quadrifoglio was treated to a whole host of new safety features to bring it up to spec with rivals. So, as well as featuring automatic city braking technology (AEB) with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection, and lane-departure warning as standard, you can now add a ‘Driver Assistance Plus Pack QV’ that brings lane-keeping assistance, active cruise control (with traffic jam assist), traffic sign recognition, active blind spot assist and driver attention assist.  

Euro NCAP awarded the standard Stelvio, on which the Quadrifoglio is based, a full five-star safety rating, and on closer inspection of the scores shows that it outperformed the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC in the adult occupant protection test, although there were a few issues noted that weakened the child occupant protection it offers – the likelihood of chest injuries, mainly. 

Although we don’t have data for the Stelvio specifically, Alfa Romeo as a whole performed below average for reliability in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 25th out of 31 manufacturers featured. Happily, all Alfa Romeos come with a three-year warranty that has no mileage limit.

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Overview

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an impressive piece of kit. Not only does it offer enough comfort and practicality to be usable every day, but it also delivers a driving experience that will have you clambering out of bed on a Sunday morning just to go for a drive. Granted, it’s not quite as plush inside as rivals such as the BMW X3 M Competition and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, but its lower list price makes this disparity easier to accept.

  • Wonderful engine
  • Fluent handling
  • Generous standard kit
  • Interior feels cheap in places
  • Poor infotainment system
  • Inconsistent brake feel

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