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Alfa’s hot Stelvio has ar­rived just as the Ital­ian firm has got around to mak­ing its 8.8in Alfa Con­nect in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem com­pli­ant with smart­phone mir­ror­ing. It will con­nect with both Ap­ple and An­droid hand­sets and de­liv­ers quite a lot more con­nected ser­vices, through your phone’s data con­nec­tion, as a re­sult.

An in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem in a £70,000 car prob­a­bly shouldn’t rely on your smart­phone’s data con­nec­tion as squarely as that, mind you. And in other re­spects, the Alfa’s Mag­neti Marelli-de­vel­oped set-up doesn’t dis­tin­guish it­self too well. It’s con­trolled through an idrivestyle wheel of the sort we would gen­er­ally pre­fer to a touch­screen sys­tem any­way, but it still seems a bit more cum­ber­some to use than the best premium-grade sys­tems. The nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem is con­sid­er­ably less adapt­able and de­tailed than it ought to be, and it’ll be a while yet be­fore Stelvio own­ers will be treated to things like a fully dig­i­tal in­stru­ment screen or a head-up dis­play – both of which you’ve got a right to ex­pect, at least as an op­tion, on this kind of car.

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