In the realm of high-performing compact SUVs, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn't a pushover, especially in its Quadrifoglio guise. It's a sleeper for the unassuming public, but can it stand its ground against two German rivals?

There are many ways to find out and as usual – drag racing is one of them. Thankfully, Carwow orchestrated one and pitted the top-spec variants of three of the most powerful compact SUVs your money can buy: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, BMW X4 M Competition, and Porsche Macan Turbo. 

Gallery: 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: Review

Now before you watch the video embedded on top, it's important to compare the numbers between these three compact SUVs. First off, the Alfa. The Stelvio Quadrifolgio uses a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 under its bonnet, producing up to 503 bhp (377 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque.

The BMW X4 M Competition, on the other hand, has a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six inside the bonnet, producing similar output numbers as the Stelvio Quadrifolgio. Both vehicles also use a similar 8-speed torque converter gearbox, although the Stelvio has a substantial weight advantage by around 140 kilograms (309 pounds).

On the other hand, the Porsche Macan Turbo, despite having the sportiest 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox of the bunch, is the least powerful and not the lightest either. The twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 only makes 434 bhp (324 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque.

All four contenders in this drag race run all four wheels, so launching won't be much of a question. The drivers are, though, so watch the video atop this page to know which of three crossed the end of the quarter-mile sprint.