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 heavily bolstered partial leather seats – standard in Super versions – are comfortable and supportive and you can get fabulous metal paddles behind the steering wheel (just like a Ferrari) on versions with an automatic gearbox – although they do get a little in the way of the stalks.
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.
Sat-nav is now standard across the range, as is, crucially, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Although some alternatives now have wireless systems and this is wired, this now essential inclusion means you can easily bypass the main system and mirror your smartphone on the screen.
The new customisable menus work well with the scroll wheel in the centre console to make it easier to operate, too. It’s still not the most cutting-edge system around, however, and the screen isn’t the clearest or brightest.