Why should I want it?
Performance SUVs are a growing niche, and Alfa Romeo has launched one of the most performance-y ones in the form of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the second model to get its high-power Quadrifoglio branding after the Giulia compact executive saloon. More than 500hp from a 2.9-litre bi-turbo engine, beefed-up bumpers, wheel arches, skirts and bonnet vents all help make the point, along with 20-inch alloy wheels. It makes a great noise, is ridiculously fast and handles with surprising prowess.
Why can’t I have it?
It’s almost £70,000 for a mid-sized SUV before you’ve added options such as the pricey but lovely Sparco race seats, and emissions are over 220g/km. The ride quality is also not great, especially over bigger bumps.
Arguments to use on
the fleet manager
Bonnet vents and quad exhaust pipes apart, it’s not as outrageous to look at as it is to drive, offering good looks with a degree of subtlety, at least until you start the engine. It’s also an SUV, so has practicality on its side.
More fleety alternative
The regular Stelvio was our 2018 CCT100 Premium SUV of the Year, and in rear-drive, 190hp diesel form it’s almost half the price of the Quadrifoglio, emissions are below 140g/km and the ride quality is much improved, while the handling and styling also still mark it out.
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