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Right, what do I need to know about Alfa’s family SUV? Well firstly that it’s not a genuine family SUV, but we’ll come back to that in due course. Anyway, it’s on sale in the UK now, priced from £33,990 and is available with four engines and four trim levels. The eagerly anticipated 503bhp Quadrifoglio will be along a bit later. So for the time being your choice is either a 2.0-litre petrol with 200 or 280bhp and a 2.1-litre diesel (Alfa says it’s a 2.2, but it’s 2143cc and I’m a pedant) with either 180 or 210bhp. Those figures are all in PS. I’m an inconsistent pedant, so multiply each by 0.98632 to get the BHP figure. You learn something new every day, eh? All are linked to ZF’s eight-speed auto and only the basest of base diesels is rear-drive – the rest are 4wd. Although this is a system that sends 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels until grip runs short, at which point up to 50 per cent (but no more) is directed to the fronts via an active transfer case. Do you notice it working?