ALFA ROMEO STELVIO QUADRIFOGLIO
A real driver’s car, but it stretches Suv-related bounds of acceptability
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.