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Alfa Romeo Junior review

Published: 09 Jul 2024


What is it like on the inside?

On the Veloce, a band of Alcantara runs across the dash, another on the doors and more on the centre console and steering wheel. It clads the seats too. But pretty well everywhere else is textured hard plastic, which looks fine and will strike you as cheap only if you tap it with your knuckles or fingernails. There's lots of red stitching, which we all know is worth a second per lap.

The Veloce's seats are magnificently over-specified semi-race buckets. They adjust electrically, and ventilate the small of your back with two biggish holes right through the structure. Which means the kids behind can tickle you right in the kidneys. Sensibly, they aren't too bulky at the hinge point, so people in the back can tuck their feet and ankles underneath.

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This means it's still habitable for adults in the back, even though the Junior has the platform's shorter wheelbase (as per the Mokka) not the longer one (as per the 2008).

Because the Junior's floor is shaped to accommodate an exhaust pipe underneath, even this electric version isn't over-endowed with storage space between the front seats.

The driver's display is a reconfigurable scene, set within a pair of Alfa-traditional arched shrouds to keep the sun off. The centre screen isn't all that remarkable in size, but can be set with various layouts. Its operating logic can seem off at first, but you get used to it, and the layout can be adapted to your inclinations.

Hard-key shortcuts take you to the driver-assist screen (which itself can include more shortcuts) and to the climate functions you'll most often use.

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The boot's not a bad size at 400 litres. You get to use all that because very handlily the charge cable coils into a little nest under the bonnet.

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