2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio road test review 

Moving Well | Greg Hill | Posted on 23 January 2020

Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio Quadrifoglio is not your average SUV.

  • Thumbs up

    Outstanding performance and handling while remaining civilised for the daily commute. 

  • Thumbs down

    No spare wheel. Three-year warranty lags well behind mainstream manufacturers.

  • Perfect for

    The luxury sports car buyer who needs the family-friendly practicality of an SUV wagon.

  • Verdict

    The Stelvio Quadrifoglio brings a unique style and character to the sporting-focused luxury SUV field.

2019 red Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglio parked in front of dark fence


The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – or ‘Q’ as Alfa is now calling it – is not your traditional medium SUV. It’s more at home on the racetrack than a rugged bush track and brings an Italian flavour to the growing number of sporting-focused, top-end SUV variants now available, including the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Porsche Macan Turbo S, Jaguar F-Pace SVR and others. 

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the high-performance flagship of Alfa Romeo’s six-variant Stelvio range of petrol and diesel models. It starts with Stelvio 2.0T (a four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol turbo) at $65,900 plus on-road costs, the Stelvio Ti 20T is $78,900, and then there is a leap to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at $149,900. While this sounds expensive for a medium SUV, the price is competitive with other top-end sports models. 

Justifying the extra dollars, the Quadrifoglio dresses the part with a stylish body kit, big wheels, and a comprehensive list of comfort, convenience and safety features. The infotainment system, however, doesn’t seem quite as good as some of its competitors and it lacks active driver-assistance features, such as active lane-keep assist. It does, however, have lane-departure warning. For owners wishing to personalise their vehicle, Alfa Romeo has a range of extra-cost options, but it’s a less comprehensive offering than those from the likes of Mercedes or BMW. 

Cabin space in the Stelvio five-door, five-seat wagon is adequate rather than abundant. Judging from the fit and finish of our test car, Alfa’s build quality has improved significantly in recent years. 

The massive transformation from a family-friendly SUV to an aspirational sporting wagon is mainly the result of its sophisticated underpinnings, featuring a hi-tech engine, driveline and suspension. 

At the heart of this impressive set-up, Alfa employs a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 engine that runs on premium-grade petrol and produces 375kW of power at 6500rpm with a brutish 600Nm of torque arriving at 2500rpm and maintained through to 5000rpm. Paired to a rapid-shifting eight-speed automatic with a range of operating modes including a race mode, and column-mounted paddle shifters for manual changing if desired, the power is put to the road via Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system which has a strong rear-wheel-drive bias. 

View of drivers seat of the Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglia
Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglia badge


While the engine output figures are not quite class leading, the Stelvio’s relatively light body provides an excellent power-to-weight ratio. Alfa claims it is the fastest SUV in its class, and backs this up with the lap record for a production SUV around Germany’s famed Nurburging (although this was beaten by the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S in 2018). You don’t have to drive hard to realise the potential of this beast, the throttle response and deep note from the dual-mode quad exhaust system is enough to put a smile on the face of any enthusiast. 

With this type of vehicle, operating conditions and driving style have a major bearing on fuel economy. The official ADR combined consumption figure is a respectable 10.2L/100km, but when cruising around the suburbs for a week, along with an easy open-road run, our test vehicle averaged 14.2L/100km and there is no doubt the consumption would climb rapidly with more enthusiastic driving.  

There is no mistaking the sporting intent of the firm, flat ride, sharp steering, well-balanced feel and excellent cornering grip, yet it is civilised enough to be enjoyed as a daily commute – this is not always the case with such a performance-focused vehicle. 

Alfa Romeo’s new-car warranty is only three years. While that is well behind the five and seven years you get from many mainstream manufacturers, it’s on par with most premium brands. 

The Stelvio 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder models have a five-star ANCAP rating but the 2.9-litre V6-powered Quadrifoglio variant has not been rated yet. 

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

PRICING

List price: $149,900 plus on-road cost ($18,579). 

Model range: $65,900 to $149,900 plus on-road costs. 

DRIVETRAIN

2.9-litre, eight-speed auto, all-wheel drive. 

Power: 375kW@6500rpm 

Torque: 600Nm@2500 to 5000rpm

Wheels: 20-inch alloys. Spare wheel repair kit only. 

FUEL

95 RON petrol, 64-litre tank. 

Consumption: 14.2 litres/100km (RACV test), 10.2 litres/100km (government test).  

CO2 emissions: 233g/km 

STANDARD SAFETY

Not yet ANCAP tested,  six airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, tyre-pressure monitoring.  

STANDARD FEATURES

Active cruise control, anti-theft alarm, premium leather and Alcantara upholstery, carbon-fibre interior accents, rear-view camera, adjustable luggage-area rails.  

WARRANTY/SERVICING

Three-year/150,000-kilometre warranty, 12-month/15,000-kilometre service intervals.