In many cases, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio makes good on many of its on-paper promises. This SUV can absolutely tear it up on race tracks and canyon roads alike. It turns highway on-ramps into thrill rides and can wake the neighbors with its raucous wail of aural delight.
But taken as a whole -- an $80,000 purchase (OK, lease) proposition -- I'm not sure the prospect of exhilarating Italian performance can make up for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio's many shortcomings.
The Good A ripsnorting, Ferrari-sourced engine makes this Italian SUV really scoot. On tracks and backroads alike, it’s quite the performer.
The Bad While most luxury/performance SUVs also excel in calm, daily driving, the Stelvio really falls apart. It’s cramped, uncomfortable and its onboard tech needs help.
The Bottom Line In the right conditions -- i.e., on a great canyon road -- the Stelvio Quadrifoglio excels. But as a daily driver, it’s a really tough sell.
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