2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Misano Blue Metallic (a $600 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 165

Fuel used: 9.7 gallons

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortB-
Power and PerformanceA
Fit and FinishB-
Fuel EconomyC
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyB-
Tall GuyB+
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Engine Specs505-hp 2.9L
Engine TypeTurbo V6
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drive WheelsAWD

Real-world fuel economy: 17.0 mpg

Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 17/23/19 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Premium gas required

Base price: $80,445 (not including $1595 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Misano Blue Metallic paint ($600), Active Driver Assistance Package ($2000), Security and Convenience Pack ($400), Nero Edizione Quadrifoglio ($850), Brembo-brand carbon-ceramic brakes ($8000), dual-pane sunroof ($1350), heated second-row seats ($350), wireless charging pad ($200), Quadrifoglio carbon-fiber steering wheel ($400), yellow brake calipers ($350)

Price as tested: $96,540


Quick Hits

The great: Ferocious acceleration; agile handling

The good: Distinctive styling with Italian flair

The not so good: Steep pricing; iffy reliability record; some quirky controls; limited passenger and cargo space

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John Biel

When evaluating the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, a plus factor that Consumer Guide editors find with the premium compact-crossover SUV is its spirited driving character delivered at competitive prices for the class. If we thought that in 2019, nothing has happened to the 2020 model that can shake that conviction.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Wider rear fender flares help contain the Quadrifoglio’s extra-wide rear tires. Muscular-looking quad exhaust tips and unique four-leaf-clover badges on the front fenders are other Quadrifoglio exclusives.

In what has to rank as a pretty amazing coincidence, the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio that CG tested in 2020 had the exact same final price—$96,540—as the one it sampled in 2019. That was despite a fairly different options load, and a $200 rise in starting price for ’20. What’s more, that starting tab now covers Alfa Connect telematics, satellite radio, and forward-collision warning with full-stop capability.

Alfa updates the Stelvio for its third season on the U.S. market with a more flexible (but no less complicated) infotainment system and a revised center-console layout. Plus, there now is an Active Driver Assist Package option that provides “level II” autonomous driving.

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The Stelvio’s sporty dashboard design looks great, but overall assembly and materials quality isn’t quite up to the level of similarly priced rivals. The unorthodox location of the engine start/stop button–on the lower left of the steering wheel hub–becomes second nature fairly quickly. The center console houses the optional wireless charging pad.

The console shuffle is relatively slight. The lever for the electronic parking brake has been moved forward to a place next to the transmission shifter, and a bright bezel now frames the shifter. The same drive-mode selector and remote-control dial and buttons for the infotainment system employed during the Stelvio’s first two years continue to be used.

The Infotainment system has a new look and all sorts of functionality. The 8.8-inch central display is now a touchscreen that can be tapped and swiped to access and activate things like audio, navigation, apps, and more—though the console controls remain. Whether this driver twirled and twisted the controller or tapped the screen, he found making audio inputs less than intuitive. Going the console-dial route diverts driver attention. Also, response to commands seemed a little slow.

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The Quadrifoglio’s bolstered front seats provide good support in aggressive cornering but are comfortable in everyday driving. Rear-seat headroom is compromised by the sloping roofline, and legroom isn’t particularly generous either.

Active Driver Assist, a $2000 add-on, bundles highway-driving-assist technology with traffic-jam assist, lane-keep assist, active blind-spot assist, traffic-sign recognition, a driver-attention alert, active cruise control with full-stop capability, and automatic high-beam-headlight control. In street driving, the traffic-jam component works pretty well at automatically slowing, stopping, and resuming forward movement—when the system is active. Drivers have to always be at the ready for times when it quits because of insufficient data. Without driver intervention, start-ups from behind a stopped vehicle that has moved on seemed a little tentative. The whole business is activated by a thumb button on the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, if the thought of a slick-handling small SUV that can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (per the manufacturer) still excites you, you’ll be happy to know that Alfa Romeo has left the rest of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio alone. Possessed of 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6—working through an 8-speed automatic transmission—gets the “Quad” up to speed in a trice, and that’s true in urban traffic or in highway passing. Big, hard-to-miss steering-wheel shifter paddles are included for those who want to take a more-active role in their vehicle’s performance.

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Stevlvio Cargo Area
The Stelvio’s cargo area is on the narrow side, and its overall capacity (18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 56.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down) is middling for the premium compact SUV class.

The EPA fuel-economy estimates for the vehicle are 17 mpg in city driving, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 combined. When this tester put 52.8 miles on the ’20 model, it returned 16.9 mpg, that with 53 percent city-style driving. (A longer stint by the same driver in the 2019 Quadrifoglio resulted in almost identical performance.) The fast and the frugal can take advantage of a standard stop/start feature, and dialing in “Advanced Efficiency” mode—the “A” on the DNA Pro menu—enables cylinder deactivation when driving conditions allow.

Finely tuned handling; quick, direct steering; and able body control around corners make this most stirring of Stelvios a kick to drive. Ride is firm to begin with and gets a little less forgiving in Dynamic mode that alters steering and damping characteristics. The 20-inch alloy wheels with their distinctive and open 5-hole design are wrapped in standard “summer” tires that are wider in back than they are in front. Available only with all-wheel drive, the Quadrifoglio packs a torque-vectoring differential to maximize power delivery. If you’re planning to track-run a Quad, you may find the $8000 asked for a set of Brembo CCM carbon-ceramic disc-brake rotors money well spent. They were on our 2019 and 2020 test vehicles, and stopped both with complete surety.

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Stelvio Engine
The Quadrifoglio’s twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 pumps out 505 horsepower–enough to enable 0-60-mph runs of less than 4 seconds. Our tester’s “Nero Edizione Quadrifoglio” package added dark-finish 20-inch 5-hole wheels (9 inches wide in front, 10 inches at the rear). Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and yellow brake calipers added another $8300.

Stelvios, particularly the Quadrifoglio, do performance somewhat better than passenger accommodation. A lowish, sloping roofline shaves some headroom from both seating rows and cuts into driver vision to the rear corners and directly back through the tailgate. Legroom is better in front than in back, where it gets more restricted. In contrast to the complication of the infotainment system, dual-zone climate controls are more convenient. Rotary dials set temperature and fan speed, and buttons located between the dials handle other functions.

None of the usual personal-item storage spaces—the glove box, console box, and door map pockets—are especially big. There is a bin that drops down from the left side of the dash and net pouches on the backs of the front seats. The console has a handy slot for the optional wireless charger, as well as covered cup holders. Additional cup holders are found in the pull-down armrest in the middle of the back seat. Cargo loads onto a good-sized flat floor, and when more load space is needed, the 40/20/40-split rear seats fold just about level with the floor.

Passengers settle into standard leather-and-Alcantara seats with multicolor contrast stitching (when all-black upholstery is selected). There’s additional leather on the dash, upper doors, flat-bottom steering wheel, and shifter knob, and carbon-fiber trim is laid down around the interior. What else does 82 large buy? Eight-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustment, heated front seats and steering wheel, aluminum-faced pedals, 7-inch thin-film transistor driver-information display, Harman Kardon audio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts, keyless access and starting, remote start, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, and a power liftgate.

For 2020, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn’t standing still. Neither, though, is it running away from what it is.

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Stelvio Profile
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets a few minor updates for 2020, but none of them change its essential character: a super-pricey, super-performance crossover SUV with a distinctly Italian character.

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