If you’re looking for a subcompact luxury crossover, the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will bring some Italian flair to the segment. The Tonale has attractive styling that is further emphasized by Alfa Romeo’s trademark pointed nose. The company also claims it will be enjoyable to drive thanks to its fully independent suspension and available adaptive dampers.
Choose between a standard 256-horsepower turbo-four or a plug-in hybrid powertrain with an estimated all-electric range of more than 30 miles. The 2023 Tonale is poised to be a compelling new entry in a class that includes the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, and the Volvo XC40 thanks to its elevated driving position and standard all-wheel drive that SUV shoppers crave. There may even be a high-powered Quadrifoglio model.
What’s New for 2023?
At the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, the Tonale made its world premiere as a concept vehicle. We finally have a better idea of what the new little Italian ute has to offer thanks to official photos and details released by Alfa. According to the manufacturer, the Tonale will become available in the United States in the first quarter of 2023.
Alfa Romeo Tonale Price
- Alfa Romeo Tonale Speciale 1.5 160 MHEV DCT£38,595 or £429 a month (£8300 deposit, four years, 7.9% APR)
- Alfa Romeo Tonale Ti 1.5 160 MHEV DCT£39,995 or £449 a month (£7999 deposit, four years, 6.9% APR)
- Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce 1.5 160 MHEV DCT £42,495 or £489 a month (£8499 deposit, four years, 6.9% APR)
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All Tonale models feature standard all-wheel drive and can be had with a choice of two different engines. A nine-speed automatic transmission is paired with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that generates 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque as standard equipment.
The plug-in hybrid’s optional powertrain consists of a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor mounted to the rear axle. A six-speed automatic and a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack are standard on the plug-in Tonale from Alfa, and the company claims a range of over 30 miles when using only the electric motor.
Completely independent suspension is standard across the board, and adaptive dampers are available as extras. We’ve only driven a European model so far, and its hybrid drivetrain wasn’t nearly as powerful as the one available in North America. We won’t be able to test Alfa’s claims until we get behind the wheel of a U.S.-spec model, but the company insists that the car will retain its “race-inspired DNA” in terms of the driving experience.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Descended from the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, the interior features circular air vents and a dashboard designed with the driver in mind. The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and the three-spoke steering wheel on the dashboard both put a contemporary spin on traditional car interior elements.
In addition, a pair of illustrious paddle shifters are on hand. Various leather and microsuede upholstery complement the aluminum accents found throughout the cabin. In the front, the seats have red contrast stitching and Alfa Romeo crests on the headrests; they appear to be particularly supportive and fashionable.
Infotainment and Connectivity
There is a 10.3-inch infotainment system with a touchscreen display that is standard on every Tonale. It uses the same Uconnect 5 software as many other Stellantis models. Multiple interfaces can be set up in any way you like, and it supports up to five different user profiles, in addition to the home screen you design yourself. Some of its most notable features are wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto all as standard equipment.
Design and features of the 2023 Tonale
The 2023 Tonale is visually identical to the 2019 Tonale concept. U-shaped LED headlights, the iconic Alfa Romeo grille, and a full-width taillight are just a few of the exterior highlights.
In the cabin, you’ll find a 10.3-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect 5 infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, to name a few highlights. Plus, the Alfa Connect app is available to Tonale owners. You can do things like lock and unlock the doors and start the car from a distance. Tonale users also benefit from wireless access to the latest information.
With the Tonale’s built-in safety features, you can feel at ease while behind the wheel. This consists of features like automatic emergency braking, lane keeping, and traffic jam assistance.