The 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the Italian marque's halo SUV and it more than lives up to that description. It's powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Alfa will hit 60 mph in a blistering 3.6 seconds. Alfa's DNA Pro drive mode selector makes it easy to tailor the SUV's responses.
On the outside, the sexy Stelvio boasts 20-inch alloy wheels, quad-exit exhaust outlets, LED daytime running lamps, and parking sensors both front and rear. The cabin features a mix of leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber, along with amenities like dual-zone climate control, 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. By delving into the options list, the Stelvio can be equipped with a dual-pane sunroof, lane-keep assist, and road-sign recognition.
In most reviews of premium vehicles, we're used to seeing the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz charge a premium for their vehicles over all other rivals, but the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio reverses this trend. It carries a hefty starting MSRP of $84,650 in the USA, and that excludes a destination charge of $1,595. By comparison, the BMW X3 M starts at $69,900 in the US market and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 begins at around $75,000 - with even the GLC 63 S expected to undercut the Alfa with a 2022 MSRP of around $82,500. Loaded up with options, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio carries a price tag of over $96,000, including destination.
None of the four packages offered last year can be had for the 2022 model. Standard equipment has been improved and personalization reduced at the same time. However, to equip the more advanced driver-assist safety gear, the Active Assist Plus Package costs $1,000 and comes with active blind-spot assist, driver attention alert, traffic jam assist, traffic-sign recognition, lane-keep assist, and more.
For the rest, only standalone options can be specified and the most interesting ones include a dual-pane sunroof at $1,350, carbon-fiber Sparco racing seats for $3,500, gloss-red brake calipers for $650 and 21-inch alloy wheels for $1,500.
If you already have $85,000 to spend on a new SUV, a few options shouldn't be too much of an issue. For that reason, we'd tick the box for the $1,000 Active Assist Plus Package, as we believe a premium SUV should be equipped with many of the safety items it contains. We'd skip the 21-inch alloys, as they just add an unnecessary edge to the well-balanced ride. Finally, while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV looks good in pretty much any color, it looks great in the cheapest one: Alfa Rosso red.