What’s the interior and connectivity like of the 2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce?
The interior is where you will notice those extra touches of luxury from the Lusso option pack. Immediately apparent is the amount of soft leather in the cabin, and despite there being some hard plastics, most of the materials inside felt like quality, and the build quality is very solid. Rattles and vibrations pretty much didn’t exist while I drove this model.
Up ahead of the driver is a gorgeous, sporty Alfa Romeo steering wheel, adorned with leather and a “Ferarri” style start/stop button sitting on its left side. Looking past the wheel you will notice analogue gauge clusters with a small digital display in between them, and despite being quite functional and easy to read, analogue instruments are starting to feel a bit aged in a time when most of the competition has moved on to high-resolution digital clusters. We do get a digital instrument cluster which is a nice touch, however.
Disappointingly, not much has changed in recent years in the way of infotainment, with the same 8.8-inch display, thankfully it is now a full-time touchscreen, but the menus feel a little clunky, and compared to most European rivals, this screen size just doesn’t cut the mustard. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are also available in Wired only, and Apple Carplay works well enough. If touchscreen isn’t your style, Alfa Romeo continue to fit their cars with an “iDrive” style knob to scroll through your infotainment menus.
There is also a performance page that gives information about oil temperature, boost pressure, torque, as well as some stats about driving efficiency and fuel consumption.
Climate controls are available both through the infotainment system or through physical buttons below the display, with dual-zone climate control and heated seats up front.
Speaking of seats, these are some of the nicest in the segment, with full multi-way power adjustment and electric adjustable bolstering, lumbar support, and 3-way memory function. The front seats are heated and have manually adjustable leg support, and they are incredibly comfortable, even on long road trips. The Alfa Romeo badge is also nicely embossed into the headrest.
Storage up front is decent, the glove box is a little small, though the centre console is spacious enough to store some smaller items, and it also houses a USB-C, USB-A and Auxilliary connections, as well as a 12V socket with a cable pass through for conveniently charging your devices. We also get a USB-A port below the climate controls for connecting to Apple Carplay or Android Auto, and a hidden wireless charger next to the handle of the centre armrest. Door bins are also big enough to accommodate a water bottle, and we get a couple of cupholders below the climate controls which can be hidden using a very smoothly closing lid mechanism.
Closing the lid on the cupholders hides the scratchy black plastic they are made of, and reveals some textured aluminium which also continues along the lower portion of the dash, and is a splash of light in a sea of black materials. This car with the black leather interior option is certainly very monotone, though it can be optioned with a red leather interior which looks amazing.
We also get our signature “DNA” drive mode shifter, which actually completely transforms the driving character of the car, but I’ll get into that in the driving section.
In summary, quality and comfort is good, but technology is lagging behind and it is starting to show.