The 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is proof that labels can be awfully misleading. Just as “sugar-free” or “all-natural” may lead you to believe that you’re making healthy choices in the grocery store, the reality is that you’re probably being deceived.
By the same token, even though the 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s spec sheet describes this as an “SUV”, nothing about this remarkable vehicle feels SUV-like. This is a sports car that just happens to have a taller body and back seats.
The first sign that you’ve been misled is when you press the red starter button and that tuneful 505-horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 springs into life. It propels this all-wheel-drive Alfa to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.
It’s also blessed with a poised chassis and communicative steering that make this crossover even more fun to drive than a BMW X3 M. As further proof that this isn’t an SUV in the traditional sense, the Stelvio isn’t even that spacious at the back, while the trunk is smaller than rivals.
Alfa Romeo has duped us and delivered an “SUV” only by name – and that’s precisely why we’re smitten with the 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The only changes to the 2022 Stelvio Quadrifoglio involve newly standard features. These include a suite of previously optional driver assists such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.
It also now comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, built-in navigation, front and rear heated seats, and wireless phone charging.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The sole engine is a hypnotic twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 that makes 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It pairs exclusively with a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
One version we tested rocketed to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, making it one of the quickest SUVs we’ve ever tested. The most impressive trait of this hot crossover—along with its stunning body—is an ethereal chassis that rides as well as it turns.
A set of standard adaptive dampers allows you to select the firmness of the ride, but only the bumpiest roads diminish the ride quality. Otherwise, the Stelvio QF corners with remarkable poise and rewards the driver with communicative steering feedback.
The sticky performance tires and beefy brakes on our test vehicle helped haul the QF from 70 mph to zero in 157 feet, performance befitting that of a sports car.