Alfa Romeo Tonale review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior dashboard
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior rear seats
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior infotainment
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front tracking
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front badge detail
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  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 wing mirror detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior driver display
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 boot open
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 rear cornering
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior dashboard
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior rear seats
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior infotainment
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front tracking
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 rear left tracking
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front left tracking
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front right static
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 rear right static
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 front badge detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 rear badge detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 wing mirror detail
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior driver display
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 boot open

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Final UK pricing for the Alfa Romeo Tonale has yet to be finalised, but the entry-level Ti model is expected to be aimed squarely at the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 premium family SUVS. That would make it more expensive than the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai.

The official fuel economy figures for the hybrid Tonale suggest that it should match the Sportage and Tucson hybrids for fuel economy, posting a figure close to 50mpg. That would probably require a lot of low-speed town driving in electric mode: our test route of traffic, steep rural hills and some motorway work yielded a figure in the mid-30s. 

Upgrading to Veloce brings various interior trim upgrades plus adaptive suspension. But, as we said earlier, the standard Ti Tonale rides well anyway, so there’s little point forking out more. 

Safety experts Euro NCAP have not released a rating for the Tonale at the time of writing, so we can’t say how it’ll compare with rivals. In terms of safety kit, it comes with adaptive cruise control that can read road signs and alter your speed accordingly, and lane-keep assist with lane centring that’s said to work even at low speeds in traffic. 

Alfa Romeo finished in a rather disappointing 26th out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's above Nissan and Land Rover but below all the other car makers mentioned in this review. The Tonale comes with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, just like the one BMW gives you.

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Alfa Romeo Tonale 2022 interior infotainment

Overview

Hatchback-like handling isn’t enough for the Alfa Romeo to stand out over its more accomplished family SUV rivals, especially when it’s priced to compete with premium rivals that all have plusher interiors.

  • Good ride quality
  • Strong equipment list
  • Tidy handling
  • Disappointing interior
  • Not the most practical in the class
  • Hybrid of limited use unless crawling in traffic