When I was younger, I remember watching an episode of TopGear where James May reviewed the Alfa Romeo 159 and he had a race against a man in a wetsuit who won by the way. Anyway, where was I going with this?! Ah so the whole point was that James was trying to review the Alfa without saying the words ‘soul’ and ‘passion’ because they are often used to describe Italian cars but I’m not going to try and not use those words because taking the ‘soul’ and ‘passion’ out of an Alfa leaves little else as you’ll soon find out.
The Stelvio QV looks surreal, it looks like a Giulia QV on stilts but that's a good thing. It's got huge wheel arches with wheels that hide flashy red calipers that say Alfa Romeo in stylized writing, there's clover leaf symbols everywhere since it is a QV after all. It just looks damn good, it evokes passion. The tailpipes are finished in chrome, it's so unapologetically Alfa and I love that.
FLAMBOYANT ON THE OUTSIDE
That’s exactly what the Stelvio QV is, it’s flamboyant and proud. There are few SUVs that draw the eye on the road and fewer still that you can say are sure jaw-droppers and this is one of those few. Finished in the stunning shade of Competizione red, the Alfa drew eyes everywhere. It’s body has got beautiful lines and curves, they’ve got the proportions just right while also incorporating several styling cues from the Guilia like the headlights and the grille. Then there’s the massive four leaf clover badges on either side to represent the QV model. Another giveaway is its massive 22 inch wheels and the quad exhausts on the back which emit the passionate noise of a car filled with soul, ah dammit!
THE INTERIOR LACKS SOUL AND PASSION
Yes, I said it. While a lot of the interior like the infotainment screen and the gauges are taken from the Giulia QV which is perfectly fine, I was shocked to find that below knee level, the cabin is full of hard and scratchy plastics. For the cost of this car, that is really not acceptable. Sorry, Alfa. The interior seemingly lacks that Alfa flair and it left me disappointed because I didn’t see much soul there. The only highlights being the grippy seats and the Ferrari style paddle shifters which control that amazing 8 speed gearbox. The build quality isn't overly impressive as well but that's something car enthusiasts would know to expect from Alfa but we love them anyway because that's what gives the car its character.
However, where the car does not lack soul is the engine because that has got a lot of it. That award winning Ferrari engineered 2.9 litre twin turbo V6 packs a massive punch and it can’t wait to be unleashed. Plus, the sound it makes is just surreal. The engine propels this big Alfa from 0-100 in an incredible 3.8 seconds which makes it almost supercar quick
The Alfa Romeo is a breath of fresh air in the otherwise boring SUV market, they seem to have thrown the rule book out of the window while developing the Quadrifoglio and what they've ended up with is a masterpiece. The Stelvio is a gorgeous car and unlike other SUVs, there isn't much fancy leather and the cabin isn't really that well insulated at all. Make no mistake, this car is all about the driving experience and it delivers phenomenally well in that department with 505bhp going to the road through all four wheels, you'll never get bored of this SUV. It's just got so much soul and passion.
the stelvio qv is a car i'd love to hate but i just can't, well done alfa.