The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The standard electrically adjustable seats are easy to adjust and have adjustable lumbar support on all but entry-level Super trim. The steering wheel has plenty of adjustment for rake but fairly limited reach adjustment, so not everyone will be able to find a perfect driving position.
The analogue instrument dials are clear and simple to read; the 7.0in screen between them can be configured to display information such as sat-nav instructions or driving information, such as economy figures from the trip computer.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The windscreen pillars are quite thick, and this can obstruct your view when pulling out of junctions. Likewise, the thick rear pillars and narrow rear window obstruct rear visibility and can make reversing tricky. Thankfully front and rear parking sensors as well as a reversing camera are standard on all trims.
Sat nav and infotainment
Every Stelvio has an 8.8in infotainment screen that you can control by touching the screen or by using a rotary dial mounted between the front seats. This means it is very easy and safe to use this system on the move, unlike some rival systems that are purely touchscreen, like those of the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.
The system itself has quite a simple setup with a home screen that features a widget-style layout. However, the graphics are quite grainy and it’s still not swish enough to pull you away from plugging in your smartphone to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (included as standard.) The BMW X3 – which also uses a rotary dial controller, but has much sharper graphics – remains the class leader here.
Interior finish has always been a bit of a sticking point with Alfa, but the Stelvio is much stronger in this regard than many other Alfa efforts. The Stelvio uses soft-touch materials for plenty of surfaces, and gives you the option to specify real-wood inserts for prominent locations, such as around the leather-clad gear selector. The optional steering column-mounted aluminium paddle shifters feel of extremely high quality, too.
But, while the interior may generally look good, the buttons and dials you touch on the centre console feel a little loose, and the materials they are made from are cheap feeling.
All in all, the Stelvio still can’t match the outright quality of its German rivals, many of which excel in this area, including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
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