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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.1

The 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has a mediocre interior quality, with noticeable hard-plastic materials and an unimpressive fit and finish. Back-seat passenger room is only about average, and cargo space is below average for the class. The infotainment system is generally easy to use, but some functions can be difficult.

  • "The doors close with a satisfying thunk, but door panels flex under pressure. Most touchpoints are covered with nice materials, but the switchgear feels plasticky. We noticed some creaks and rattles in the cabin and had issues with several electronic systems, making us concerned about reliability." -- Edmunds
  • While Maserati's remake has been assembled partially with Chrysler leftovers, Alfa gets its own premium-feeling switchgear and a new infotainment system that is, at least for now, exclusive to the brand. The clean interior design can be accented with real aluminum, wood, or carbon fiber. At the same time, the designers didn't attempt to dress up some of the plastics, such as the untextured, flat-finish trim that surrounds the unfortunate, ambiguous electronic shifter. And the coarse-grain dashtop might have been pilfered from the Ford Taurus assembly plant. In the Stelvio, the highs are high and the lows are low." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "Perhaps my biggest issue with the Stelvio is the fit and finish, or rather, lack thereof. The design is cohesive as a whole and there are plenty of details to be enthused about, specifically the paddle shifters and the use of genuine metal and/or wood trim in the interior, but dig a little deeper, and the Ghost of Chryslers Past makes an appearance." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Seating

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio seats five on standard leather upholstery with 10-way power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, 14-way power-adjustable front sport seats, one of three optional steering wheels (one of which is trimmed in leather and suede), leather- and suede-trimmed performance front seats, and Sparco carbon fiber racing seats.

The front seats offer plenty of support, but lack overall comfort due to hard leather and headrests that have little cushioning. There's decent kneeroom in the second row, though tall or long-legged occupants may feel cramped. The Stelvio has two complete sets of lower LATCH child-seat anchors, and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are under plastic flaps but still set pretty deep in the cushion.

  • The Stelvio's seats are sculpted for support, keeping us comfortable for long stints. But they aren't cushy. The leather is on the stiff side, the headrests are brick hard, and the seat cushion's a bit short for long-legged drivers. … The interior feels quite roomy, and the space is accentuated by open design. Front passengers should have no issues. Rear-seat head- and legroom are sufficient for most adults." -- Edmunds
  • The sport front seats have thick side bolsters that will snugly hold you in place, but they may be too snug for those with larger frames. If that's the case, opt for the standard seats. Like many of its rivals, the Stelvio's rear legroom is tight at only 31.9 inches. " -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • The Stelvio's back seat is fairly spacious. In my personal 6-footer-behind-6-footer test, there was plenty of kneeroom, thanks to front-seat cutouts, but I barked my shins, and the footwell was just a bit cramped. Plus the sexy downward dash of the roofline meant second-row headroom began to encroach on a taller passenger. So it could be better. But it's far from worst in class." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Stelvio include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The standard infotainment system comes with a 6.5-inch infotainment display, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, five USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Optional features include a 115-volt household power outlet, a dual-pane sunroof, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. There are also several safety options you can add on. They include front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The Stelvio's knob-controlled infotainment system makes it easy to adjust common functions, but other processes are more confusing and can take some time to learn. The system also has lackluster graphics. There are a few other physical knobs to adjust climate settings, but they're set a little low on the dash and hard to reach.

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  • The basic controls are clearly marked and easy to find, and the infotainment system works well with the rotary knob interface. Basic functions are streamlined nicely, but the menu structure for settings and options is convoluted. It's often difficult to find things." -- Edmunds
  • For technology, the infotainment system's 6.5-inch screen comes ready for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-although the user interface is from Magneti Marelli rather than the FCA Uconnect parts bin. I found the system relatively intuitive, though the screen graphics seemed to lack a certain sharpness compared to the Audi or BMW systems. It's a very basic layout with a paucity of buttons and knobs in the center console, which made me wonder about wasted space when the center cubby barely fit two wallets." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "As with most vehicles in the premium classes, control clarity isn't a Stelvio strong point. Instead of a touchscreen, Stelvio has a console controller whose actions are displayed on a dashboard screen (6.5 inch on the base model, 8.8 on the Ti), with the controller being flanked by a volume knob and 'Menu' and 'Option' buttons. Like most such systems, it takes some acclimation (and some long looks from the road) to get where you want to go, but it no doubt gets easier with practice. Climate controls consist of rotary temperature and fan-speed knobs with a repetitive-step pushbutton for mode, and the controls are mounted a bit low, out of easy reach." -- Consumer Guide (2018)

Cargo

The Stelvio has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those values are below average for the class. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is optional.

  • Loading cargo is easy because of the low floor and liftover, and sliding tiedowns are available. The trunk is deep but narrow, limiting the usability of the space. There are rear-seat releases in the trunk, but you might need to remove the headrests or adjust the front seats for them to fold flat." -- Edmunds 
  • Folding the rear seat backs creates a long, flat load floor, and there's a good amount of hidden storage beneath the rear of it. The cargo space in back is more versatile. One test vehicle had a large speaker (likely part of the optional Harman Kardon audio system) taking up what would otherwise be a pocket on the left, with a similar one on the right allowing fairly wide items to be carried at the rear. The rear seat backs fold level with the cargo floor (via either levers at the base of the seat cushion or levers in the cargo area), and there's quite of bit of hidden storage under the cargo floor." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "What's more, this is an SUV, so practicality comes into play, even for the Italians. There's 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats which is on the lower end of the segment … and the trunk floor is long and flat, making it easy to get wider items inside." -- New York Daily News (2018)
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