Stereotypes are not always good, but Alfa Romeo’s historical reputation for reliability is not. Recently that seems to be good with models like the Giulia saloon and the Stelvio SUV involved, and the Tonale was produced under the authority of a team running Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall. These types of partners have done well in this family and have scored well in reliable surveys. Therefore, let’s hope that Alfa Romeo benefits from the skills that are shared and do the same.
“You get both a sporty feeling driving position and the commanding height SUV fans love”
Credit for the Tonale’s clever combination of traditional internal combustion (ICE) technology and battery power can be left to the engineers, although it feels like it’s hot behind its legs. Even though the battery is small, it can still “sneak” and work fast on the electric motor alone, which is attractive and saves fuel. Unfortunately, that initial desire fades quickly and just 160bhp means it lacks energy on the highway, while the automatic gearbox can get a little ‘busy’ on maintenance costs. Even in hard conditions, the throttle is a little soft and, if we were buying a sports SUV, the Cupra Formentor would get our vote over the Alfa Romeo based on this display. We haven’t ruled out the hybrid model yet, but with a combined output of 275 horsepower, it should deliver more on Alfa Romeo’s sporty image, while delivering better fuel economy and emissions stats.