February 29, 2024
Alfa Romeo

UK Review: Alfa Tonale SUV

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Introduction

The Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is tackeling the mid-sized SUV segment with the Tonale, a stan-out model with alluring design and fantastic driving capabilities. This particular SUV is set to become the Italian brand`s flagship against the top predators from the likes of BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Audi or Volvo. In this review, we will try to disect the car`s main features, from the exterior allure to the engine performances, practicality, interior comfort, safety features, MPG and running costs. And then we will provide a conclusion with the car`s positioning between its top predators aforementioned. 

Exterior – A Car with an Affordable Price

Captivating Design and Competitive Pricing

At first glance, the Alfa Romeo Tonale instantly grabs attention with its sleek and stylish design, incorporating iconic Alfa Romeo elements such as the distinct triangular grille and slim headlights. With a price of £40,000, it presents itself as an enticing choice that comes in around £7,000 cheaper than its larger counterpart, the Stelvio. The Tonale’s appeal goes beyond its price as it boasts a design that sets it apart from its contenders in the SUV market.

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Interior – A Stylish Atmosphere with Some Room for Improvement

Stylish Yet Varied Interior Quality

Stepping inside, the Tonale reveals an interior that mirrors its captivating exterior. While the cabin exudes exquisite style, there are aspects where material quality falls short and is noticeably cheap. Certain elements that may feel somewhat fragile considering the car’s price tag can be easily observed. Nevertheless, a 10.25-inch infotainment system at the center compensates for the design flaws, which is a trendier update compared to previous models from Alfa Romeo.

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Practicality and Comfort

The Tonale comfortably accommodates four adults with legroom and headroom. While not class-leading in terms of practicality, it is still able to provide enough boot space of around 500 liters, which adds a touch of versatility.

Engines and Performance – An Agile Performer with Various Options

Dynamic Handling

The Tonale shares its platform with Fiat and Jeep models resulting in agile and engaging handling. The steering is responsive and reactive providing a weight when navigating corners. The car maintains stability during cornering. There is body roll creating an overall confident driving experience.

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Engine Choices

The Tonale provides a selection of engines to choose from, ranging from a 1.5-liter petrol engine to Alfa Romeo`s first-ever plug-in hybrid.

Plug-In Hybrid Engine

The plug-in version, known as the Hybrid Q4, features a 1.3-liter petrol pot along with an electric motor on the rear axle that delivers an impressive 271bhp. Accelerating from 0 to 62mph in 6.2 seconds, it offers an exhilarating performance; however, some users have noted that the six-speed automatic gearbox can be hesitant at times.

Petrol Engines

With its 158bhp output, the 1.5-liter petrol engine delivers performance by covering 0 to 62mph in 8.8 seconds. Thanks to this system, it allows for electric-powered low-speed maneuvers before seamlessly transitioning to petrol power above walking pace. The engine’s performance may not be impressive, yet it does provide a satisfactory driving experience.

Ensuring Safety – A Journey You Can Trust

Top Euro NCAP Rating

The Tonale has received a five-star rating in safety tests conducted by Euro NCAP, placing it among the SUVs in its class. Standard safety features include cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB). These features work together to offer an autonomous driving experience that enhances overall vehicle safety.

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Fuel Efficiency, Running Costs & CO2 Emissions – Striking the Right Balance

Impressive Plug-in Hybrid Efficiency

The Tonale plug-in hybrid offers a range of up to 43 miles, making it an economical choice for daily commuting. Business users will also find it appealing due to its Benefit in Kind tax liability in the 8% bracket. The hybrid versions fall within insurance groups 28-29 putting them on par with competitors like the Audi Q3.

Reliability and Maintenance

Alfa Romeo is committed to improving its reputation for reliability with the Tonale. While no car can guarantee perfection, feedback from owners suggests an ownership experience. In fact, Alfa Romeo received marks in a 2020 owner satisfaction survey for their vehicle handling and reliability. Buyers can have peace of mind with a three-year warranty that can be extended for years.

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