2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

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2018 iteration of the powerful SUV, Stelvio Quadrifoglio, is here. Named after the famous pass in the Italian Alps, the ride is all set to mesmerize SUV enthusiasts with its powerful performance. The SUV is best known for its unconventional performance benchmark. It's faster than almost all SUVs.

Featuring a 2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 engine, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a beast in terms of power. Along with 505 hp of power, it delivers 443 lb.-ft. of torque. With a torque-vectoring AWD drivetrain and an 8-speed automatic transmission mode, it is capable to cruise on canyons as well as a race across tracks.

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Pros

Unconventionally powerful performance

Remarkable combined fuel economy

Comfortable and spacious seating

Luxurious, fully-functional cabin

Cons

Poor interior sound insulation

Not many customizations options

What's New?

Not much is new with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio revamp for 2018

However

There are several smaller changes that make the ride lucrative and appealing


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$79795

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

176 cu. in.

horsepower

505 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

443 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Double Wishbone

suspension rear

Multi-Link

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8 in./14.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

185.1 in.

width

77 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

4360 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

towing capacity

3000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/23 mpg

highway range

368 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

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Silverstone Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

7.6

Fuel Economy

5.7

Interior

5.7

Exterior

8.5

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Base

Base

power
505 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$79,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $79,795 MSRP (17/19/23) 505 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2.9 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV
N/A

Engine: 505 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2.9 L V-6

MPG: 19 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 9, 2019

6.9

Overall Rating


 

7.6/10
Engine

 

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.7/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Adversaries of Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes BMW X6 xDrive50i and Maserati LEVANTE S. Porsche Cayenne GTS is another competitor of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Among the competition, the coupe is best known for its powerful performance and relatively cheaper pricing options. However, it delivers an appreciable fuel economy and a likable ground clearance.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Features

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is available in a single trim. Pricing options for the coupe start from $79,995. An adaptive suspension is standard, while carbon-ceramic brakes are an optional feature. The ride packs a dual-mode quad exhaust system, making the ride visually pleasing as well as powerful. Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with a Q4 All-Wheel-Drive System too.

Trims Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
MSRP $98,600
Feature
  • 505-Horsepower 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 Engine
  • Dual-Mode Quad Exhaust System
  • Q4 All-Wheel-Drive System

For keeping passengers entertained, the ride packs an infotainment system as well as a Harman/Kardon audio system. Under the hood, it features a powerful 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine.

 

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Engine

7.6/10

"The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio delivers plenty of power paired with dynamic, carlike handling. In short, this luxury compact SUV is fun to drive. It also gets better fuel economy than some competitors despite coming standard with all-wheel drive. The engine gets loud at times, and some rivals have softer rides, but performance is still the strength of this vehicle."- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with a 2.9L V6 Twin-Turbo engine. It is capable of providing 505 hp of power and 443 lb.-ft. of torque to the ride. Like its competitors, Stelvio Quadrifoglio offers an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride offers the most power in its league, even beating out BMW X6 xDrive50i. The ride comes with a 4.4L 32 Valve V8 engine that delivers 480 lb.-ft. of torque but only 445 hp of power.

Models Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
MSRP $79,995 $98,600 $77,700 $86,100
Engine 2.9L 505HP V6 Twin-Turbo 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 w/Direct Fuel Injection 4.4L 32 Valve V8 3.0L Twin Turbo V6
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 505 hp 440 hp 445 hp 424 hp
Torque 443 lb-ft 443 lb-ft 480 lb-ft 428 lb-ft

The least power is offered by the Maserati Levante S in the competition, 424 hp. It also generates the least torque of 428 lb.-ft. While the Porsche Cayenne GTS packs a 3.6L Twin-Turbo engine, the Maserati Levante S features a 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine.

Acceleration

The latest avatar of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio outshines the competition in terms of acceleration. The SUV is able to hit 60 MPH mark in a mere 3.9 seconds. The closest competitor is the BMW X6 xDrive50i, which takes about 4.6 seconds to accomplish the same feat. While Porsche Cayenne GTS takes 4.9 seconds, the Maserati Levante S takes full 5 seconds to reach 60 MPH from 0 MPH.

Models Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
0-60 MPH 3.9 sec 4.9 sec 4.6 sec 5.0 sec
Quarter mile 12.9 sec 13.2 sec 12.8 sec 13.6 sec
Engine 2.9L 3.6L 4.4L 3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.6 9.3 10.3 11.0

Stelvio Quadrifoglio is marginally beaten by the BMW X6 xDrive50i for covering a quarter-mile. While the former takes 12.9 seconds to do so, the latter do so in 12.8 seconds. Porsche Cayenne GTS takes 13.2 seconds to cover a quarter-mile while LEVANTE S takes 13.6 seconds. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, however, has a higher CO2 emission value of 10.6. This is second only to Maserati LEVANTE S’s CO2 emission value of 11.0.

Ride and Handling

There is nothing wrong with handling and steering of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. In fact, it is one of the SUVs that offer the best driving experience. With the 8-speed automatic transmission mode and a dual-mode quad exhaust system, controlling the coupe is a breeze. It is well-designed to sweep through corners and haughtily cruise on highways.

Braking

The front brake in Stelvio Quadrifoglio is 14.2 inches. This is the smallest in the competition. BMW X6 xDrive50i features a slightly bigger, 14.4 inches, front brake. The rear brake in Stelvio Quadrifoglio, however, is bigger 13.8 inches. It is second only to Porsche Cayenne GTS’s 14.1-inch rear brake. The braking system in Stelvio is powerful and responsive with no lags or infuriating misses.

Model Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
Brake Front(in) 14.2 15.3 14.4 15.0
Brake Rear(in) 13.8 14.1 13.6 13.0
Curb weight(lbs.) 4360 4652 5080 4650
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 106 107 113

However, the stopping distance in emergency scenarios is a downer for the fast SUV. It takes 120 feet for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to come to a halt from 60 MPH in emergencies. Maserati LEVANTE S takes 113 feet, while BMW X6 xDrive50i takes only 107 feet in doing so. The best distance is flaunted by the Porsche Cayenne GTS. It requires only a distance of 106 feet for coming to a halt from 60 MPH.

 

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Fuel Economy

5.7/10

In terms of combined fuel economy, the 2018 Stelvio bests all. It offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, more than any other SUV in the competition. It provides 17 mpg in cities and 24 mpg on highways. The next best-combined fuel economy in the league is offered by the Porsche Cayenne GTS, 19 mpg.

Model Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
MPG (city) 17 16 15 14
MPG (highway) 24 23 21 19
MPG (combined) 21 19 17 16

BMW X6 xDrive50i delivers a combined fuel economy of 17 mpg. The lowest combined fuel economy is flaunted by the Maserati LEVANTE S, 16 mpg.

 

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Interior

5.7/10

"The flamboyance of the exterior doesn't continue inside. Available wood and aluminum trims add a sense of luxury, but the overall impression is somewhat plain. You'll find richer interiors inside most competitors."-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has comfy and luxurious seating. It will please passengers throughout the span of a journey, whether it’s a long road cruise or a small one. Like other SUVs, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is capable of accommodating as many as 5 passengers. The front headroom, shoulder room, and legroom available to passengers in Quadrifoglio are 40.2, 60.2 and 36.6 inches, respectively. The headroom is most among the league.

Model Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.2/60.2/36.6 39.6/58.9/40.2 39.3/60.5/40.3 40.2/55.8/38.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.9/58.6/35.9 37.3/56.2/35.7 37.2/57.9/35.6 39.1/55.9/34.6

Second headroom, shoulder room, and legroom offered by Quadrifoglio are 38.9, 58.6 and 35.9 inches, respectively. The shoulder-room and legroom are maxima among the competition. Moreover, the second headroom is second only to Maserati Levante S’s 39.1 inches. All in all, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is comfy, luxurious and spacious.

Infotainment System

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with an 8.8-inch widescreen color display. Additionally, it comes with a 14-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audi System. The infotainment system is easy to use and features a simplistic operation. It has connectivity options in the form of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The infotainment system provides support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is also made simple by the infotainment system. All in all, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a mediocre infotainment system at its disposal.

Interior Features

There are a few new additions to the interior of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. However, there are issues to the insides too, including disappointing hollow buttons and nobs. Nonetheless, good things about the interior of the SUV include:

  • Standard leather and Alcantara seats
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Leather-wrapped door panel

Cargo Capacity

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has an average cargo capacity. Its 18.5 cubic feet of behind 2nd-row space is lowest among the competition. Maserati Levante S offers a little more 19.4 cubic feet of same space. While xDrive50i offers 26.6 cubic feet of space, Porsche Cayenne GTS offers the most 27.1 cubic feet.

Model Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
Behind 2nd Row (ft. Cube) 18.5 27.1 26.6 19.4
Behind 1st Row (ft. Cube) 56.5 60.3 59.7 57.0

Again, the Quadrifoglio has the lowest behind 1st-row storage space of 56.5 cubic feet. Porsche Cayenne GTS has the most space of 60.3 cubic feet. The xDrive50i offers 59.7 cubic feet of same space, while Levante S has 57.0 cubic feet of the same.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Exterior

8.5/10

It's easy to see this Italian SUV emphasizes "sport" rather than "utility." The Stelvio boasts a sleek and flowing profile, with a long hood whose face looks like nothing else out there. - Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Length, width, and height of 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio are 185.1, 77.0 and 66.3 inches, respectively. It is the shortest ride in the league and also the one with the least width. In terms of height, it has 0.2-inch more than that of the Maserati LEVANTE S. However, it flaunts to have the lowest curb weight of 4360 lbs. BMW X6 xDrive50i, on the other hand, is the most bulkiest SUV in the competition with a total curb weight of 5080 lbs.

Model Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S
Curb weight(lbs.) 4360 4652 5080 4650
Length(in) 185.1 191.1 193.8 197.0
Width(in) 77.0 78.7 78.3 77.5
Height(in) 66.3 67.0 67.0 66.1
Ground clearance(in) 8.1 6.6 7.8 9.7
Wheelbase(in) 111.0 114.0 115.5 118.3
Track width(in) F/R 61.2/63.3 64.7/65.2 64.7/67.2 63.9/66.0

The latest entry into the Stelvio Quadrifoglio line of SUVs has an impressive ground clearance of 8.1 inches. It is second only to Maserati LEVANTE S’s 9.7 inches. 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the least wheelbase in the competition, 111.0 inches. Once again, Maserati LEVANTE S has the most wheelbase of 118.3 inches.

Exterior Features

On the outside, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a delight to watch. The sports-car-like build resonates with the powerful performance supported by the SUV. Main feats of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio exterior includes:

  • Beautifully proportioned, sleek design
  • Distinctive Trilobo signature Alfa front fascia grille
  • Compelling LED headlamps
  • 20-inch tires with accessorized 5-hole aluminum wheels

 

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Safety

Safety and security offered by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio can be deemed average at best. Neither the greatest, neither the worst. Electronic Stability Control, dual advanced front airbags, engine immobilizer, and driver inflatable knee-bolster airbag are some of the best safety features the ride has. Moreover, the ride also has a backup camera at its disposal.

Safety Features

  • Anti-Slip Regulation / Torque Control
  • Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Forward Collision Warning Plus
  • Dual Advanced Front Airbags
  • Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • Front Seatbelt with Dual Pretensioner
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Outside Temperature Gauge
  • Passenger Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Backup camera

 

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Competition

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio vs BMW X6 xDrive50i

With pricing options starting from $77,700, BMW X6 xDrive50i is one of the cheapest SUVs. The ride packs a 4.4L 32 Valve V8 engine, capable of delivering 445 hp of power and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. The latter is the highest among its competitors. Acceleration-wise, it takes 4.6 seconds to cross the 60 MPH mark, second only to Stelvio. However, it even outlasts Stelvio in terms of quarter-mile distance time. Even though by mere 1/10th of a second, a win is a win.

The xDrive50i lags behind the competition in terms of combined fuel economy, 17 mpg. However, it is still better than that offered by the Maserati Levante S. The SUV, however, is the bulkiest among the competition, with a curb weight of 5080 lbs. Also, it has 0.3-inch less ground clearance than that of the 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio vs Maserati Levante S

Featuring a 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine, the Maserati Levante S packs 424 hp of power and 428 lb.-ft. Both of which are lowest among the fraternity. Pricing options for the SUV start from $86,100, cheaper than Cayenne GTS but expensive than xDrive50i and Stelvio.

It has the slowest 0-60 MPH acceleration, 5.0 seconds, most quarter-mile time, 13.6 seconds and highest CO2 emission value of 11.0. However, it offers better 60-0 MPH stopping distance than that of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. In terms of ground clearance, it beats all its adversaries with a value of 9.7 inches.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio vs Porsche Cayenne GTS

Porsche Cayenne GTS is a close competitor to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The ride packs a 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 w/Direct Fuel Injection engine, which gives out 440 hp of power and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The SUV comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds, full 1 second more than that of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Nonetheless, Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the least CO2 emission value of 9.3. Moreover, it offers the best 60-0 MPH stopping distance of 106 feet. 14 feet lesser than that of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. However, pricing options for the ride start from $98,600. About $20k more than that of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV Final Verdict

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a beast SUV. No other SUV comes even close to match the performance and stability offered by the coupe. Moreover, it is one of the inexpensive SUVs to go for. The interiors are great but plagued by the issue of sound insulation.

However, on the outside, it flaunts a bolder personality that most of its adversaries lack. All in all, the latest entry of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a great option for those looking for a powerful SUV with no compromise with the performance.