Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV - Interior & comfort
A first-class interior matches rivals for quality and beats them for style
What previous Alfa Romeos may have lacked in terms of interior quality, the Stelvio pays back several times over. Everything in sight looks and feels well made. The materials chosen all complement each other well – there are strong hints of Maserati style, but even after the updates at the end of 2019, it’s still behind the Audi Q5’s interior in terms of quality and sheer class.
Not only does the Stelvio’s interior look and feel good, but it works very well, too. The driving position is 190mm higher than the Giulia saloon, and provides good all-round visibility without feeling perched too high off the ground. The driving position actually feels much like that of the Porsche Macan, and that’s no bad thing.
The Stelvio feels calm and composed on the road, with only those examples riding on large alloy wheels feeling a little unsettled by poor road surfaces. This phenomenon is exacerbated in the Quadrifoglio model, which has the largest alloy wheels available and a firmer suspension setup to aid performance. The car feels more brittle than the standard Stelvio as a result, so be sure the car's performance is something you're happy to make sacrifices for.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio dashboard
The dashboard architecture of the Stelvio is very similar to the Giulia saloon, with two hooded main instruments flanked by a large central infotainment screen. The instruments echo sporting Alfa Romeos of the past, are clear, easily read and well shielded from glare. All models use high-quality finishes, with aluminium, real wood and very tactile materials combining to create a pleasant feel.
The switchgear now feels a bit more premium, which was one of our bugbears with the pre-facelift model, while the updates have also made the cupholders easier to access and has introduced a tray that can accommodate wireless phone charging.
A colour information display between the two main dials conveys vital information on fuel consumption and range, as well as flashing up warnings where appropriate. The 2019 update brought welcome improvements to the Stelvio's Alfa Connect infotainment system, which has an 8.8-inch colour touchscreen with new graphics and connected features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s still somewhat laggy to use and behind the class best, however.
Every Stelvio sold in the UK has a pretty comprehensive specification. The range has been divided into a simple four-tier line-up: Super, Sprint, Lusso Ti and Veloce, plus a sporty Quadrifoglio model. Entry-level cars get 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, a powered tailgate and the Alfa Connect infotainment system mentioned above.
Sprint spec includes adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, privacy glass, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Lusso Ti brings keyless entry, extra leather and additional soundproofing, while top-spec Veloce includes 20-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable seats, sports seats and gloss black trim.
As is the norm for most cars in this class, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio can be loaded with extras. Options include the Sound Theatre Pack by Harman Kardon, which adds an upgraded sound system and ambient lighting, while the Lusso Pack adds eight-way powered and heated ‘superior’ leather seats, a heated leather steering wheel, walnut interior trim, heated windscreen washers and power-folding mirrors, among other luxury touches.
The Cold Weather Pack bundles a heated steering wheel, front seats and windscreen washers for around £500, while the Convenience Package adds keyless entry and start, exterior door handle lights, a cooled centre armrest compartment, an anti-glare athermic windscreen and Alfa’s Air Quality system for around the same price.
The £700 Driver Assistance Package Plus option brings a range of automated functions, including auto-dipping headlights, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors inside and out, a rear-view camera and a blind spot/rear cross warning system.