Other electronics, however, have been given a going over. Alfa has introduced a host of new safety measures, including the so-called ‘Level 2 autonomy’ and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). While this suite is not designed to make the car anywhere near fully autonomous, it provides an extra sense of security behind the wheel.
Included in the ADAS suite is active cruise control, blind spot assist and lane keep assist, which not only monitor your position on the road, but also correct the steering so as to avoid collisions. Joining these is traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed control, driver attention assist, traffic jam assist and highway assist. The former operates at speeds up to 60km/h (37mph), while the latter works all the way up to 145km/h (90mph). Traffic sign recognition reads the road signs and alerts the driver to the speed limit, and if they agree adjusts the cruise control speed accordingly, while driver attention assist monitors the driver for drowsiness. The systems are perhaps a little keen, though, with the occasional random, indiscernible beep, even without anything on the dash to indicate the cause.
The functions are all activated via a Bosch front radar and onboard camera, and operated via a cluster of buttons on the left-hand side of the newly-designed steering wheel. While convenient, these buttons have to be pressed in certain combinations to activate various functions, and it’s certainly not advised to learn on the go.
Sitting directly behind the wheel are smooth flappy paddles, while behind that in a new 7-inch TFT instrument display. Clear and concise even on the previous model, this is a welcome update to the now digitally orientated cab. In the centre of the dash is the now-standard 8.8-inch TFT multi-touch display, which is both larger and more accessible than its predecessor. The standard graphics list has replaced by interactive widgets, more similar to a smart phone, which merges well with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay it hosts. Equally, the maps are no longer vertically restricted by menu bars along the bottom of the screen, allowing for a more comprehensive view of a route.
Another new feature promoting safety is the Alfa Romeo ‘Connected Services’ pack. Operated mainly via a mobile app, it features the ‘my assistant’ emergency function, which automatically contacts the emergency services in case of accident or can be activated manually. The ‘my remote’ app, allowing drivers to unlock their car or activate the lights from a distance, and the ‘my wi-fi’ service, allowing the onboard Wi-Fi to be shared with 8 devices. Joining these functions in 2020 will be the ‘my theft assistance’, which alerts the owner of any attempt to steal the car, and ‘my navigation’, which will search for and navigate to a destination, using real-time traffic, weather and speed camera alerts. (There’s also the app-based car-sharing service ‘I-Link by Leasys’ – more info on that in our Stelvio review.)