2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
model. 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
as shown. $85,890
seating/style: 5-passenger SUV
engine. 2.9L 505 HP Twin-Turbo V6
transmission. 8-speed automatic (use the paddle shifters!)
driveline. AWD; RWD available on lower trims
fuel economy as shown: 17 city/23 hwy
I’m driving the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD, slogging through traffic in what should be a deeply annoying drive. But my hands are on the leather wrapped carbon fiber steering wheel, my bum nicely molded to sporty red-stitched Alcantara leather seats, the 2.0L 505 horsepower twin-turbo V6 rumbling beneath the hood.
I look around in the sea of boring cars, secure in the knowledge that I’m in the sexiest SUV under $90,000 on the road today. I wait my turn to merge, and as my foot hits the gas and the glorious exhaust note explodes, the Stelvio QV (as it’s known) reminds me again that so many good things come out of Italy. So many good things.
The Stelvio QV stands out in the crowd, not just for its beautiful, masculine styling and distinctive rims, but for its terrific ride. The mid-size SUV takes the potholes of New York with amazing aplomb, and its precision handling Hoovers up twists and turns faster than a footballer at an all-you-can-eat buffet. My only hesitation to owning one?
The threat of speeding tickets. Lots of speeding tickets. But if you have a good attorney, go for it. You won’t regret it.