Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:petrol
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 2020
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Let’s start with what’s good, shall we? The Quadrifoglio’s interior truly feels like a step up from the regular Stelvio’s, thanks to the leather-wrapped dashboard, glossy carbonfibre trim and beautifully crafted aluminium gearshift paddles.

What’s more, the (admittedly pricey) optional Carbon Shell sports seats fitted to our test car look absolutely fantastic, offer loads of support and allow you to sit down nice and low behind the steering wheel and well-positioned pedals. Just, bear in mind that the only electric adjustment with these seats is for height.

A facelift in 2020 brought a higher-quality flat-bottomed steering wheel and a matching leather wrapped gear selector with an Italian flag motif at its base. More importantly, though, certain ergonomic and quality quibbles that blighted earlier Stelvios were addressed. For example, the rotary infotainment controller, which used to feel a little loose, now has a solid click to it, while the cupholders were moved farther back from the dashboard, allowing for a larger size of bottle. 

That said, even in its latest, improved form, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can’t match similarly priced Sports SUVs for perceived quality. Put simply, some of the materials used for parts like the air conditioning controls and drive mode selector wouldn't look out of place in an entry-level family hatchback, while none of the switches operate with the pleasing precision of those found in the Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan.

The infotainment system was also treated to an overhaul in 2020, enabling it to be controlled by touching the 8.8in screen as well as via the rotary controller located between the front seats. In many ways this is a best of both world’s solution, because a dial is far less distracting than a touchscreen on the move, but the new functionality makes it easier to input sat-nav destinations when you’re stationary and allows you to customise the home page.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are also included, and we like the ‘Performance Pages’ feature, which shows things like turbo pressure, a track timer and the temperatures of the main mechanical components in real time – all useful information if you take you ever take your Quadrifoglio onto a track. It’s just a shame that the display is a bit dim and muddy, and that it’s not as snappy to use as the iDrive system in the BMW X3 M Competition.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 2020

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