A little more than a decade ago, the auto industry was shying away from even producing SUVs. In order to curtail high gasoline prices and please the government with lower CO2 emissions, automakers were pumping out hybrids and tiny four-cylinder cars.
Well, that’s changed drastically. It seems like we can’t get enough of crossovers and SUVs — and buyers love high-performance SUVs.
So meet the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD. A 505-horsepower SUV that goes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Like other high-performance machines, it’s also proved itself by lapping the Nürburgring, and set down a blistering time of 7:51.7. For a time, that made it the fastest SUV to ever lap the Green Hell. Let’s take a closer look at this Italian stallion.
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Exterior
When I recently test drove the Alfa Romeo Giulia, I felt that it was definitely one of the best-looking sedans in its segment. However, the new Alfa Romeo design language translates notably well on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, making it my favorite currently available Alfa in terms of design, and it looks exceptional, no matter which angle you view it from.
The Quadrifoglio features some extra beefiness and sharp character lines that especially accentuate its performance focus. In my opinion, the Stelvio also does one of the best jobs of carrying Alfa’s signature Villa d’Este grille. The model I tested here came with a couple of optional design upgrades including the $2,200 Rosso Red Competizione paint job, and the $500 20-inch black wheels that go really well with the red Brembo brakes.
Of course, the most striking design element on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the four-leaf clover badge. For those that don’t know the history of the badge, it was a good luck charm that race car driver Ugo Sivocci painted on his Alfa after being frustrated by a string of second-place finishes. Apparently, it worked and since then the four-leaf clover has been painted on all Quadrifoglio vehicles and Formula 1 cars.
When it comes to size, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio stretches a total of 185.1 inches in length, which is similar to the likes of the BMW X3 M / X4 M, Jaguar F-Pace SVR, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe.
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Interior
As I mentioned in my review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, I really expected some top-notch materials and sexy Italian styling when it came to new Alfas. Again, that’s not to say that the interior is a total let down, I just expected some more Italian finesse.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio I tested here is very similar to the Giulia in terms of design and quality but has some exclusive Quadrifoglio touches like carbon fiber trim and Alcantara sports seats. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes standard with heated seats, heated steering, an 8.8-inch display, rotary controller, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, a Harman Kardon sound system, and more. Optionally, you can go for the $3,500 carbon fiber Sparco racing seats, heated rear seats, a carbon fiber steering wheel, and a package that adds a range is safety features.
Space-wise, you get 36 inches of legroom in the front 32 inches of rear legroom. Cargo capacity comes in at 18.5 cubic-feet with the rear seats up and 56.5 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded.
Overall, the interior of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a nice place to be, but there are a few areas that can use some improvement.
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Performance
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine making an outstanding 505 horsepower and maximum torque of 443 lb-ft. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission which means the sprint to 60 mph takes just 3.6 seconds, and top speed is 176 mph. For fuel economy wise, you’re looking at 17 city and 23 mpg highway*.
It is easily much further along in the performance department than most of its rivals. No matter what driving mode you’re in (D, N, or A) – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a taunt machine. Selecting Race Mode gives you access to the overboost function for increased torque, which lets this Italian clover leaf get even crazier. Handling wise, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has near 50/50 weight distribution that makes it feel like it’s riding on rails. Stopping power can be upgraded with $8,000 Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. And while they stop on a dime, they’re likely overkill for a daily driver. I felt that even with the standard Brembo brakes I tested here.
Overall, if you like to go fast and hard, you’ll love the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Overall
Out of all its rivals, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is definitely the quickest and sharpest. While I still have yet to drive the new BMW X3 M or X4 M, I have a feeling that Alfa will still stand out more in the performance department, due to the brand’s racing heritage, and the attention it pays to building and all-out sports car.
Simply put, this thing is a rocket — and the exhaust makes it sound like one too. Prices for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio start at $79,995** and as tested with the options you see here, you’re looking at $85,890. Visit your local AutoNation Alfa Romeo dealership for a test drive today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.