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.