Alfa Romeo Stelvio interior
The Stelvio’s cabin looks great with plenty of sporty touches and it generally feels good, however there are some cheap-feeling bits and it’s missing some high-tech features
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s cabin makes a great first impression. Its heavily recessed big dials, slim three-spoke sports steering wheel and minimalist layout make it feel a bit more like a high-riding sports car than a practical SUV.
The dashboard’s plastics are soft and yielding too, and you get swathes of smart looking wood, metal and glossy plastics on both the dashboard and doors in mid-range Speciale models. Quality has taken a small jump for 2021, too, with some improved finishes around the centre console.
Ultimately, the changes aren’t that significant, and poke and prod around the cabin a bit more and you’ll notice cheaper details that you wouldn’t find in the latest Jaguar F-Pace or a BMW X3. The hollow-feeling column stalks, for example, don’t exactly scream premium.
It’s not all bad news, however. The Veloce model gets heavily bolstered leather sports seats that are comfortable and supportive, as well as fabulous metal gearshift paddles behind the steering wheel (just like a Ferrari). They can get in the way of the stalks, however.
All versions get a heated steering wheel and heated front seats as standard, which will come in handy during those cold winter months.
The Stelvio’s cabin is comfy and looks great, but it can’t match the Audi Q5 for practicality. Or build quality. Or technology…
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All Alfa Romeo Stelvios come with an 8.8-inch infotainment display nestled neatly in the dashboard, as they did before the 2021 update. Now, however, the screen’s graphics have been improved, while the menus and software have been updated. It also now responds to touch, so you don’t have to rely solely on the rotary dial on the centre console to control it.
The new customisable menus work well, but it’s still not the most cutting-edge system around. Those graphics might have been improved, but a BMW X3 or a Jaguar F-Pace both outperform the Stelvio in this department by a fairly big margin.
That said, sat-nav is now standard across the range, as is, crucially, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In the Stelvio you have to physically plug your phone in to access these smartphone-mirroring operating systems, which is a bit of a shame when alternatives now offer a wireless connection. Still, their presence means you can now easily bypass the main system, which you’ll probably want to do as they’re just far easier to use.