Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a pretty big vehicle and its interior attests to this. Up front, there’s plenty of head room even for taller drivers and the seat goes back far enough for the longest of legs. It’s also wide enough to ensure you won’t be rubbing elbows with your passenger.
You’ll also find a decent amount of storage up front, with door pockets that can hold a bottle of water and other assorted items, and a space in front of the gear selector where you’ll find a couple of cupholders plus a 12V socket and USB port. There’s also plenty of storage under the centre armrest, including a wireless phone charger if specified.
A six-foot passenger might be able to fit behind a driver of similar height, but their knees will be very close to the back of the front seats. Likewise, the curved roofline does eat into rear head room. That said, four people of average height should be able to get comfy, while kids will have no problem at all. The rear door pockets are smaller, but you can still get a little bottle of water in there. You also get a pair of cupholders in the rear armrest and a couple of USB sockets between the front seats.
Seat folding and flexibility
Unlike some SUVs, you won’t find rear seats that recline or slide backwards and forwards in the Stelvio. They do at least split into 40/20/40 segments, though, and have handles in the boot to fold them. Once down, there’s no step between the seats and the boot floor, just a slight incline.
At 525 litres, the Stelvio trumps the Porsche Macan but can’t quite match the BMW X3. The load area is a usefully square shape with no internal load lip; it’s just a shame there aren’t more hooks for bags or eyelets to hold loads down. The standard electric tailgate is handy, though.