Jump into the Tonale and you’ll realise that unlike the Giulia and Stelvio it does not have physical dials with a dinky screen sandwiched between the two but instead a completely digital instrument display. A 12.3-inch TFT unit, it’ll give you everything from the engine’s revs and speed to your trip info, navigation, media info and more. It all works alongside a dash-mounted 10.25-inch central display that, as is the case in pretty much every car around, is the car’s tech hub. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and with Alfa Connect Services and the My Alfa Connect app you can set up a navigation route before you get into your car, you can find your car if you can’t remember where you’ve parked it or shut the boot, and more. There’s even WiFi for up to eight devices, and you can integrate your car with Amazon Alexa. Every Tonale also comes with adaptive cruise, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, plus plenty more, and there’s a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system available as an option should you want it as well as a semi-autonomous parking system.
A world exclusive Alfa Romeo is very proud of is an NFT digital certificate. Essentially you get a digital record of your car’s life, service history, mileage and more, and it cannot be modified except by Alfa Romeo. It seems the days of wondering if your mileage clock has been fiddled with are coming to an end. We can’t admit to caring at all about regular NFTs, but this is actually pretty clever.
There are two Tonale trims to choose from, Ti and Veloce, the former for £39,995 and the latter £42,495. Pay the extra and you’ll get 19-inch wheels rather than 18s, privacy glass, red brake calipers and, crucially, electronically controlled dampers.