New Alfa Romeo Tonale vs Range Rover Evoque: verdict

On paper, Alfa Romeo's new hybrid family SUV ticks all the right boxes. But now we've pitted it against one of the best of the breed to see how it stacks up in reality...

Alfa Romeo Tonale and Range Rover Evoque rears

Our verdict

The Tonale isn’t without strengths; it’s nippy, makes a cheap company car and is fairly economical and comfortable. However, plenty of rivals are also strong in these areas, while offering more composed handling and superior refinement, and having a more upmarket feel.

Rivals like the Evoque, which is way ahead in all of these areas. Its plush interior is much more in keeping with what you’d expect at this price point. What’s more, the Evoque manages to be both more enjoyable and more relaxing to drive. To cap it all, it will cost private customers less to buy or finance. In its latest form, the Evoque continues as one of the very best family SUVs on sale.

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1st – Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque front

For Plusher interior; cosseting ride; strong resale values; more intuitive infotainment; quicker charging rate; quieter cruiser
Against Slightly thirstier when battery is depleted; less cornering grip
Recommended options Driver Assist Pack (£780)

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale front

For Superior electric range; lower benefit-in-kind tax bills
Against Unrefined engine and gearbox; overly light steering; pricier on PCP finance; some cheap-feeling interior plastics
Recommended options 7.4kW Type 2 charging cable (£350)

What Car? rating 2 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Alfa Romeo Tonale 1.3 PHEV Veloce

Alfa Romeo Tonale badge

Engine 4cyl, 1332cc, petrol, plus electric motor
Peak power 276bhp at 5750rpm
Peak torque 384lb ft at 1850rpm
Gearbox 6-spd automatic
0-60mph 5.9sec
30-70mph 5.3sec
Top speed 128mph
30-0mph 8.2m
70-0mph 43.6m
Noise at 30mph 62.5dB
Noise at 70mph 68.9dB
Kerb weight 1910kg
Tyres (std) 235/45 R19
Fuel tank 43 litres
Test MPG 32.5mpg (with battery depleted)
Official MPG 217.3mpg (with battery charged)
Official CO2 emissions 38g/km
Battery capacity 15.5kWh
Peak charging rate 7.5kW
Charging time 7kW wallbox 2.5hr (0-100%)
Charging time rapid charger na
Test electric range 28.2 miles
Official electric range 40.4 miles

Specifications: Range Rover Evoque P300e R-Dynamic S

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Engine 3cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
Peak power 305bhp at 5500rpm
Peak torque 398lb ft at 2000rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 6.2sec
30-70mph 5.6sec
Top speed 132mph
30-0mph 9.7m
70-0mph 50.4m
Noise at 30mph 60.2dB
Noise at 70mph 66.4dB
Kerb weight 2082kg
Tyres (std) 235/60 R18
Fuel tank 57 litres
Test MPG 32.1mpg (with battery depleted)
Official MPG 189.4mpg (with battery charged)
Official CO2 emissions 33g/km
Battery capacity 12.2kWh
Peak charging rate 32kW
Charging time 7kW wallbox 1.5hr (0-100%)
Charging time rapid charger 30min (10-80%)
Test electric range 25.3 miles
Official electric range 37.3 miles

Weather conditions Dry

Cars pictured

Alfa Romeo Tonale 1.3 280 Veloce PHEV with Montreal Green metallic paint (£1500), Leather & Harmon Kardon Pack (£2150), Autonomous Driving Pack (£1250) and Winter Pack (£450)

Range Rover Evoque P300e R-Dynamic HSE with Ostuni Pearl White paint (£705) and privacy glass (£450)

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