Alfa Romeo Tonale review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Introduction

Alfa Romeo Tonale front cornering
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior dashboard
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior infotainment
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale right tracking
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior front seats
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale boot open
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale front cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale rear cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior dashboard
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior rear seats
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior infotainment
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale right tracking
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale right cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale rear cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale front cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale front right static
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale rear right static
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale alloy wheel detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale headlights detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale rear lights detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior front seats
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale interior detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Alfa Romeo Tonale has a tough task on its hands: to keep existing Alfa fans happy while appealing to a new breed of buyers looking for an intriguing alternative to the familiar family SUVs.

The first part could be tricky, because very few SUVs are anywhere near sporty enough to satisfy the 'Alfisti' (die-hard fans of the Italian car maker). Still the Tonale does have a lot to offer in other respects.

There's also something called 'non-fungible-token blockchain technology' for servicing records. It's supposed to make it easier for owners to prove that the car has been well looked after (at resale time, for example), but most manufacturers have offered a similar facility for years in the form of digital service records.

So, is the Alfa Romeo Tonale one of the best family SUVs you get, and does it live up to Alfa’s sporting heritage, despite the use of economy-minded hybrid engines?

Well, we've driven it, and that's what we'll tell you over the next few pages of this review, covering performance, practicality, running costs and more. We'll also tell you how the Tonale compares with its main rivals, including the Audi Q3, BMW X1Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Volvo XC40.

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FAQs

  • The Tonale was too new to feature in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey but Alfa Romeo itself didn’t fare all that well, finishing 29th out of the 32 manufacturers.

  • The Tonale looks a tad expensive, with starting prices far higher than even premium cars such as the BMW X1 but it comes with a lot of equipment you'd have to pay extra for on some family SUVs. Even so, it’s hard to ignore that difference, given that lower-spec rivals are just as good.

  • The quickest version, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.2sec, while the mild-hybrid Tonale is a little more casual, doing the same acceleration test in 8.8sec.

  • When tested by Euro NCAP for safety, the Tonale was awarded the full five stars and it comes with plenty of safety features as standard, including automatic emergency braking (AEB).

  • The Tonale is available as mild hybrid or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) but not an electric car. The first Alfa Romeo electric car is due in 2024.

  • Every Tonale comes with a 10.25in touchscreen infotainment system which is easy to use and quick to respond to your prods. It’s a shame Alfa Romeo has removed the physical rotary controller, though.

At a glance
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Save up to £415
Target Price from £38,219
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RRP price range £38,595 - £48,495
Number of trims (see all)3
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, petrol
MPG range across all versions 217.3 - 49.6
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £2,299 / £2,533
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £4,598 / £5,066
Available colours