The first thing you notice about an Alfa Romeo, any Alfa, is that they look far better than most other cars on the road. The typical Italian styling on the Stelvio - bold, passionate, alluring - is hard to beat, but it doesn’t look too ostentatious. They’ve hit the perfect blend of refined chic with an understated style that makes even a mid-sized SUV look good, which is no easy feat. It's fair to say Alfa has mastered this tricky task better than any who've tried before.
The Stelvio even has the signature Alfa grille and sleek curves, which make you feel fabulous every time you get into it.
And once you do get in you are treated to an interior that is certainly not ostentatious, and might fall just below super luxury, but is still extremely well designed. It’s like current season Gucci (if we’re talking Italian designers we might as well go straight to the top). It’s not over-the-top pretentious, but it's luxurious enough and so cool that everyone wants a piece. It's the same feeling with the Stelvio.
The leather seats are comfortable and hug you just the right amount, the steering wheel is leather too and the flat-bottomed shape feels great in your hands. In this First Edition, both the seats and the steering wheel are heated, which won me over because I was driving it on a particularly cold week in Sydney.
The centre console looks good and is well set out, but also practical - there’s a shiny silver finish which doesn’t let you leave fingerprints on it like some other high-gloss materials can. The manual buttons for the touchscreen are very simple but that is what makes them fabulous. And a special mention goes to the curves on top of the dash where the speedo is, because they make it feel like you’re in a tiny retro sportscar, driving along the Italian Riviera. (Only you're cold, and it's Sydney.)