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Alfa Romeo Tonale review - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Alfa Romeo Tonale plug-in hybrid has a decent all-electric range and entry-level Tonales should be competitively priced

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The Alfa Romeo Tonale costs from just under £36,000 in entry-level Ti trim, pricing it just above the entry-level Audi Q3 35 TFSI Sport, and it’s available from around £300 per month on a PCP finance deal.

Alfa Romeo Tonale MPG & CO2

The most economical version of the Tonale, on paper at least, is the Hybrid Q4 model, which is fitted with a battery that can be charged from the mains or a public chargepoint. Depending on how you drive and how frequently you plug in the car, you might be able to get close to Alfa Romeo’s official figures. The plug-in hybrid Tonale promises up to 43 miles of electric range, so the average driver’s commute could be undertaken using little to no fuel. 

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Costing from around £36,000, the mild-hybrid Tonale is cheaper to buy or lease, but its small battery and electric motor can’t propel the car for long, instead assisting the petrol engine to make it more efficient. Officially it will return up to 47.9mpg with emissions of 135g/km. Business users are likely to favour the plug-in hybrid, because it has the lowest Benefit-in-Kind tax liability of any model, sitting in the frugal 8% bracket, while the mild hybrid is in the 32% range.

Insurance groups

Mild-hybrid versions of the Alfa Romeo Tonale span insurance groups 28-29, which means they’ll cost roughly the same to insure as an Audi Q3, or slightly more than a Jeep Compass. Details are yet to be revealed for the plug-in hybrid model, but we expect this to cost even more to cover.

Warranty

With the Tonale, you get a three-year warranty with no mileage stipulations. That matches the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, and is slightly more generous than the Q3’s 60,000-mile cap. You can extend the Tonale’s warranty cover for an extra year or two for an additional fee.

Servicing

In line with its rivals, you can take out a service plan through your dealer to take care of scheduled maintenance. There seem to be several to choose from, depending on how much you want covered. These plans can be paid in one go or in monthly instalments.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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