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As an SUV and perhaps family hauler, some Stelvio owners will need to install a car seat for young children and toddlers.

To make the decision easier, Cars.com has put Alfa Romeo’s new SUV through their car seat check with five different seat types; latch, infant, rear-facing convertible, forward-facing convertible and booster. Each one is tested by three editors who are also certified child safety seat installation technicians and they’re very thorough. Even the driver and front passenger seat heights are predetermined, with a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-6-inch passenger.

Each seat can receive a score from A to F and the Stelvio scored either an A or B with most seats aside from the infant one, which received a C. Looking at their grading scale, receiving an A means the seat had no fitment issues, doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom and leaves the child plenty of space. Having one fit or connection problem will lower that to a B and two issues would warrant a C.

In the infant seat’s case, the two sets of lower anchors was deeply set within the cushion, making it hard to plug in the hooklike connectors and the passenger seat had to be moved all the way forward with the passenger’s knees practically touching the glovebox.
 

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fundamentally the stelvio has the advantage much like other vehicles like it so who is really surprised here? but it is good to see for those that might not see this fact and need verified reasons for buying. busy parents don't have much time to sift through information on cars.
 

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Seems pretty kid friendly unless you need to strap in an infant, but at that point I assume one of the parents would be sitting in the back to keep an eye on them anyways, so the front passenger seat space issue is a moot point.
 

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So long as the seat fits and poses to danger to the other passengers, I don't see a problem with the Stelvio. Yea, you may need to struggle to latch in certain seats, but what matters is that they work at the end of the day and you can just forgo having someone sit in the front passenger seat. And honestly, if it's that great of a concern there's always the minivan route.

For a sportier looking SUV, the Stelvio is fine.
 

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So long as the seat fits and poses to danger to the other passengers, I don't see a problem with the Stelvio. Yea, you may need to struggle to latch in certain seats, but what matters is that they work at the end of the day and you can just forgo having someone sit in the front passenger seat. And honestly, if it's that great of a concern there's always the minivan route.

For a sportier looking SUV, the Stelvio is fine.
Essentially that's what it comes down to and when you have that kind of space, any issues related to securing the seat can be worked around. But with how much of a world market vehicle it is I doubt that will be something to consider.
 

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Doubt Stelvio buyers are all that concerned with how a child seat fits, not when you're someone who's looking for an SUV with 280HP and 306 lb-ft or torque.
 

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We have a near 3 year old and have installed the car seat via LATCH in forward facing mode. I do like the ease of access for using the LATCH system, but I do think the connection points are located a bit too far back. Because of their location, the car seat clips do add some stress to the plastic access frame when the seat is installed. I may actually change to using the seat belt since that is what will eventually be recommended once she hits the maximum weight limit of the LATCH system (35 lbs. I believe).


Our daughter loves the car - definitely an Alfisti in training.
 
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