2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio


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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Interior Review


Interior: 5.8

While the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has some nice materials in its cabin, such as wood accents and soft leather, the interior doesn’t have the fit and finish or upscale feel of most rivals. The seats are supportive but not well-cushioned. The infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "Like the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio offers a stylish interior and a comfortable driving position. Sportier models can be had with carbon-fiber trim, but those seeking a more upscale appearance can choose wood inlays. Leather upholstery covers the Stelvio's supportive seats and handsome aluminum accents adorn the dash, doors, and center console." -- Car and Driver
  • Despite its many worthwhile upgrades for 2020, the Stelvio's interior still doesn't possess the same luxurious look and feel you'll find in an Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche or Volvo. From the somewhat pedestrian design to the ho-hum materials, it seems unlikely that you'll be buying a Stelvio for its interior ambiance. That said, it’s now less likely to put you off. The switchgear no longer looks or feels toylike, the quality of leather is still top notch, and the steering wheel alone is enough to make you forget about a few cheap bits elsewhere. It's perfectly contoured for your hands, the attached start button is very cool, and you have to give Alfa credit for including massive, Ferrari-style paddle shifters crafted from metal." -- Autoblog
  • "The doors close with a satisfying thunk, but door panels flex under pressure. … We noticed some creaks and rattles in the cabin and had issues with several electronic systems, making us concerned about reliability." -- Edmunds (2019)


This small five- seat SUV comes standard with leather upholstery and six-way power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats, 12- or 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, sport steering wheels, and carbon fiber racing seats are available.

The Stelvio has less rear-seat legroom than its competitors – on paper. Critics point out that there are multiple ways to measure that space, and the difference in size could be because of various measuring standards. Practically, some say, the Stelvio’s passenger space is on par with what you’ll find in most rivals. You’ll want to eyeball this space before buying. The seats are supportive but overly firm, and the leather isn't very soft.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, in addition to a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat.

  • Outside, the Stelvio is pretty much the same size as its primary competitors from Germany: the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Porsche Macan and Mercedes-Benz GLC. The interior is a similar story apart from two of the most important factors: backseat legroom and cargo capacity. According to Alfa's specs, the Stelvio has 31.9 inches of rear legroom, which is a massive 5-6 inches less than those above competitors. It's hardly a limo back there, but it's certainly not that much different than those competitors in practical terms, and we suspect this could be a matter of differing measuring techniques." -- Autoblog
  • The Stelvio's seats are also 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 cushions are a bit short for long-legged drivers. Road and tire noise is muted, especially for a sporty SUV." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard equipment in the Stelvio includes an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, and proximity keyless entry.

The user-friendly touch screen can be customized, and there are intuitive physical controls, such as a rotary knob.

Available equipment includes navigation, a wireless device charger, a 10-speaker stereo or a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, HD Radio, and a dual-pane sunroof.

A handful of safety features come standard, such as a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors. Several more driver assistance features are available, including lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a driver condition monitor, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, highway assist, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition.

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  • "An all-new infotainment system is featured prominently on the 2020 Stelvio's dashboard and features an 8.8-inch touchscreen interface that's prettier, easier to navigate, and can be customized to the driver's preferences." -- Car and Driver
  • "The controls are clearly marked and easy to find, and basic infotainment functions are streamlined." -- Edmunds
  • The infotainment is also no longer a deal-breaker. Its standard widescreen is perhaps a little low and doesn't quite offer the versatility of Porsche's similarly configurable system, but we like that Alfa provides the redundant control option of a touchscreen and a rotary control knob. There's nothing like BMW's Gesture Control or natural speech recognition, but even if you get those to work (which is iffy), they're arguably parlor tricks anyway." -- Autoblog


With the rear seats up, there’s 18.5 cubic feet of space in this Alfa Romeo, which is low for a luxury compact SUV. With the rear seats folded down, there’s 56.5 cubic feet, which is also on the smallish side. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

  • [I]n our Stelvio luggage test, [we discovered it] is capable of carrying far more luggage than its paltry official measurement would indicate (so much so, the number's not even worth mentioning). We found it could hold five suitcases of various sizes, which is pretty good for an SUV of this size. The maximum cargo volume of 56.5 cubic-feet does seem realistic. It's not as much as you'll find in a BMW X3 or Volvo XC60, but it matches the GLC and betters the Q5 and Macan." -- Autoblog
  • The Stelvio has some useful storage tricks up its Italian sleeve, but with a small cargo area behind the back seat, it's not the most capacious crossover among this set." -- Car and Driver
  • "One of the Stelvio's biggest compromises is practicality. The cargo space is narrow, and total cargo volume falls short of class leaders." -- Edmunds
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