A real driver’s car, but it stretches Suv-re­lated bounds of ac­cept­abil­ity

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadri­foglio is a first-or­der per­for­mance cre­ation of breath­tak­ing pace and un­com­pro­mis­ing tem­per­a­ment, as ab­sorb­ing to drive as al­most any­thing Turin has made in decades. You’ll prob­a­bly have as­sumed that, be­cause it’s an SUV, it might be some­thing of a half-mea­sure in most of those re­spects. Well, guess again. This car has speed, soul, poise and verve to burn. But was it a mis­take to have its cre­den­tials as an ev­ery­day-use fam­ily car ham­strung by such a hard­core ride, and by han­dling that can, at times, feel like too much to stom­ach? Not least given that the Stelvio’s dy­namic tem­per­a­ment seems even more un­com­pro­mis­ing, at times, than the Gi­u­lia Quadri­foglio’s does.

But while we fear plenty of own­ers might ul­ti­mately con­clude the same, oth­ers will em­brace a re­ally ab­sorb­ing, fast, vi­va­cious and won­der­fully un­likely driver’s car here; one that might not have the dy­namic ver­sa­til­ity you ex­pect of an SUV, but so often suc­ceeds and se­duces any­way with an ar­ro­gant, ge­nial shrug of Latin su­per­car at­ti­tude.

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