Interior design and technology – Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Inside story

This Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio screams sportiness and flamboyance, sharing much of its interior style with its sedan cousin, the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Comfort and convenience features on our Q4 model include keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, two front and two rear USB ports, power folding exterior mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirror , a sports leather gearshift and a heated steering wheel. Aluminum shift paddles on the steering column coordinate with the aluminum interior finish and metal pedals to complete the look. And the heated 6-way power leather seats also offer 4-way lumbar adjustment.

The controls are grouped together on the small, flat-bottomed steering wheel. A diagonal tunnel and gently wavy dash converge towards the driver’s seat, with carbon fiber adorning the console, tunnel, dash trim, handle inserts and steering wheel rim. The black seats, in leather and Alcantara, are model-specific and shaped for more support in the turns. There is a choice of red, white and green and dark gray stitching. Contrasting materials (leather, Alcantara plus carbon fibre) and colored stitching combine technology and attention to detail. The dark pillars and the headlining further add to the sporty ambience.

An elevated driving position offers a greater sense of control, enhanced by large windows and wrap-around seats for a pampered driving experience. Although SUVs offer a commanding seating position, rear visibility can be hampered by C-pillars. But that’s where the rear view camera display comes into its own.

Further back, the 525-litre, square-shaped, wide-opening boot features a configurable power tailgate (as standard) with no less than eight different configuration levels for optimum boot access. With the rear seats 40//20/40 split upright, tall passengers are well accommodated without rubbing shoulders. We also liked the flocked storage bins, mood lighting, black headlining and illuminated door sills. Plus, there’s plenty of storage under the front center armrest, incorporating a wireless phone charger if specified.

Infotainment and Connectivity

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All versions of the Stelvio come with the 8.8-inch Alfa Connect – developed by Marelli – with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The touchscreen offers a selection of interactive widgets and a horizontal scrolling layout. New performance pages allow drivers to track key performance metrics while digital HVAC and other controls improve functionality. Drivers and passengers can customize the homepage by selecting their custom layout. Reconfigurable widgets allow access to key functions such as radio, media, smartphone, navigation, air conditioning, etc.

In the audio department, the setup incorporates eight speakers (four woofers and four tweeters) as standard across the range. Ten speakers (four woofers, four tweeters, one midrange and one subwoofer in the trunk) and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon system (four woofers, four tweeters, five midrange and one subwoofer) are also available as options.

Connectivity-wise, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio provides a Wi-Fi hotspot, mobile app with remote operations, SOS (private) call and roadside assistance, vehicle locator and vehicle locator and assistance. stolen vehicle.

Driving assistance

In the ADAS department, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with a suite of active safety systems and semi-autonomous driving features, including an integrated braking system, an autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, a blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. . The Stelvio is the first car in the world in its segment to offer the new electromechanical system which combines stability control with a traditional brake booster. With its combination of electronics and mechanics, this system not only reduces weight, improves ride feel and eliminates pedal vibration, but also provides instant braking response, delivering a much shorter stopping distance.

The headlight units developed by Marelli are equipped with halogen lamps or Xenon technology with 25W or 35W modules, the latter being equipped with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) to redirect the light beam in bends and improve visibility.

The Stelvio was recently awarded five Euro NCAP stars with a score of 97% for adult occupant protection. The cockpit of the first SUV in Alfa Romeo’s history remained stable during the frontal crash test, and all critical body areas and limbs were also protected for the front passenger during the rigid barrier test.

Tests on the front seats and head restraints have proven whiplash protection when maneuvering from behind.

Material issues

The SUV incorporates lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber for the driveshaft and aluminum for the engines, suspension systems, hood, fenders, doors and tailgate. Driving comfort has been optimized thanks to the weight distribution between the two axles. Manager wThe eights and materials, including adjusting the layout of the car by placing the heaviest units in the most central positions, contributed to this 50/50 weight distribution. Lightweight materials reduce the overall weight of the SUV and provide torsional rigidity, a quiet ride and good handling.

On the road

The 2.9-liter V6 Bi-Turbo petrol unit we rolled out this week felt easygoing and relaxing along highways and rooted on twisty back roads. It also has a fantastic sounding exhaust note. Power is handled by an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox offering good response when needed. The exterior side view is further distinguished by a four-leaf clover pattern positioned above the front wheel arch, reminiscent of the Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio. Our Q4 all-wheel-drive system is powered by a 2.9-liter V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine developing 510 hp. Under normal conditions, the Q4 system transfers 100% of the torque to the rear axle. When the wheels approach their limit of grip, the system sends up to 50% of the torque to the front axle in real time, using an active transfer case. The automaker claims its Quadrifoglio is the “fastest SUV on the circuit”, having set a new class record on the Nürburgring circuit at 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds. It can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just under 4 seconds. The V6’s thirst, however, is no strength; the SUV returned an average of 21 mpg compared to the automaker’s 28 mpg claim.

Two dials on the transmission tunnel are used to adjust the Alfa DNA selector and the infotainment system. The DNA selector modifies the dynamic behavior of the car depending on the driver’s selection: Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency. It can adjust settings for the engine, suspension, steering, transmission, rear differential, instrument display, brakes, safety and driver aids, depending on the mode selected by the driver. The range and extent of adjustments vary depending on engine and vehicle trim. Another nice touch is the Italian flag badge at the base of the shifter.

Overall, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with a generous list of standard equipment, smart safety technology and heaps of style. We’d expect nothing less for an on-the-road price of £69,000. The net result of this fashionable interior, high-end amenities and state-of-the-art technology makes it a great place to hang out. Illustrious rivals to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include the Porsche Macan, BMW X3 M and Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

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