Firstly before anybody jumps up and down crying ‘What – an SUV is Car of the year?! Let’s get this right, the new Stelvio could rightly win Car of the Year in it’s own right but throw in the 2.9 litre V6 engine from the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the very capable Stelvio becomes even more special.
Picking this year’s Car of the Year was no easy decision, the new Ferrari Portofino could easily have took it, and while we are on the subject of Supercars, the brilliant Lamborghini Huracan Performante also got serious consideration, after all who doesn’t love Italian Supercars?!
Or maybe the 3.0 litre V6 Petrol Maserati Levante, with this V6 Petrol engine under the bonnet, it now makes the Italian luxury SUV now the closest you can get to a Ferrari SUV, it is that good.
Of course there is also the Abarth 695 Rivale mixing the awesome pocket rocket Abarth with a bit of class from Rivale works really well. An Abarth is all about fun, in a small package, we love it.
So no, naming the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as Car of the Year was not an easy task.
Like we said the Stelvio is good, when Alfa Romeo first announced they were making an SUV it’s fair to say many fans of the Italian carmaker ran and hide, but the Stelvio surprised all, it is comfortable, drives really well, the delivery of precision, body control and steering sweetness is remarkable, the Quadrifoglio version is also that rare beast that combines extreme power with genuine driving enertainment. Blitzing the track record at the Nurburgring for an SUV, where most powerful SUV’s struggle to put the power down, wrigggling about off the line like a pig in mud, the Quadrifoglio delivery is near perfect.
The fact you can have this good a car as an SUV really show’s how far the market has come on, long have gone the days where they simply feel like a jacked up estate, coupled with the performance of the Quadrifoglio, it’s mad that you could turn up for a track day with this Alfa Romeo Stelvio, complete with kids and dog in the back and shame the boys in their’s Porsche’s…happy days indeed!