Alfa Romeo Stelvio review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
There’s decent space inside the Stelvio, which matches rather than betters its rivals in this area
Most cars in this class carry two occupants with the rear seats used to occasionally carry children. The good news is that the Stelvio offers a decent amount of space inside, and even matches its less style-driven SUV rivals.
Up front, it's reasonably spacious: there’s a good amount of headroom even for six-footers and visibility is fine thanks to thin-ish pillars. The Alfa doesn't offer the more rear passenger space in this class, but average-sized adults will find enough comfort to make this a useable family buy, even if do they sit a little upright. The boot is comparable with rivals too, thanks to a flat, long load space, but it could be wider.
For storage, the Stelvio scores pretty highly. There are large door pockets for water bottles and other oddments, as well as a couple of cupholders ahead of the gearlever, along with a USB charging port. The glovebox is of a decent size, as is the space under the centre armrest. However, flipping the lids on the various trays and cubbies highlights some of the Alfa’s not-so-premium-quality materials, especially next to the plush-feeling Mercedes GLC.
Measuring 4,687mm from nose to tail, the Stelvio is one of the longest cars in the class – the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC are all slightly shorter, with only the F-Pace being marginally longer than the Alfa. At 1,903mm wide, the Stelvio is also slightly wider than its German rivals, but it isn't as tall as many of them, giving it a more athletic stance.
Leg room, head room and passenger space
Interior space is pretty good for a sporty SUV: it’s acceptable for the class rather than exceeding rivals, but given the sporting focus of the Stelvio, it’s hard to argue with that. Stick four six-footers inside the Alfa and the two rear passengers would have their knees brushing the backs of the front seats a little. Headroom is merely okay, but that’s due to the sloping roof design.
Due to the Stelvio being positioned away from the family-oriented market there are no clever rear seats. They don’t slide or recline to allow more space, although you can fold them down in a 40:20:40 split to load longer items.
Once again, the Stelvio sits in the middle of the pack when compared to its rivals. The Stelvio’s hatch slopes more heavily at the rear than some rivals, plus the roofline is lower, too. Boot space stands at 525 litres, which is 20 litres more than the Volvo XC60, but a long way off the roughly 600 litres you get in the Mercedes GLC. Dropping the Stelvio's rear bench increases the space to 1,600 litres.
The standard-fit electric tailgate reveals a usefully long, flat loading space, although it could be wider as the rear suspension takes up space over the wheelarches. There’s no lip when the seats are folded and there’s no step to lug items over, though. Sadly, there are no thoughtful touches like underfloor storage, hooks or netting to store loose or bulky items.
In this review
- 1Alfa Romeo Stelvio reviewThe handsome Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a sporty SUV that's good to drive, but it's expensive to buy and run compared to some rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveDespite the increased ride height, the Stelvio drives almost as sweetly as the Giulia. The sharp handling does affect ride comfort a bit, though.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsWith lightweight and efficient engines, the Stelvio delivers decent fuel economy, although can't compete with rivals that utilise hybrid technology
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe interior design is attractive and quality is a step up for Alfa, including improved infotainment and autonomous tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThere’s decent space inside the Stelvio, which matches rather than betters its rivals in this area
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Stelvio boasts strong crash-test results, with positive customer feedback on brand performance