Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

alfa romeo stelvio qv review 2024 01 front cornering
alfa romeo stelvio qv review 2024 01 front cornering

When Alfa Romeo presented its very first sports utility vehicle back in 2016 at the Los Angeles motor show, it wanted to leave an indelible mark.

While lesser petrol models and their diesel counterparts were due to follow, on the stand sat the Stelvio in range-topping 503bhp Quadrifoglio form.

The flamboyant styling was recognisable from the Giulia. We also knew that the engine, the same characterful twin-turbo V6 designed by former Ferrari engineer Gianluca Pivetti, would ensure bite matched bark. And it was the fabulous Giulia that gave us hope.

And that hope turned out to be justified, too. Alfa Romeo delivered one of the best-handling saloon cars its history, then it applied that experience to the on-trend world of raised ride heights. The resulting Stelvio Quadrifoglio was terrific to drive at launch, and remains it now, mildly revised as it was early in 2024, with mechanical changes that do nothing to dim its driver appeal.