sharp competition for the Alfa Romeo Tonale!

Alfa Romeo knows this, its Tonale comes in a package. That of family SUVs, in other words the most populous body in recent years. The challenge is more difficult for the Italian because it usually comes to the market earlier. If it really differs from its competitors thanks to an “Alfa” style, it has some flaws, on which its competitors will rely. Here are four that develop, each in their own style, a concrete argument against Tonale.

1. The Peugeot 3008: a joy to drive

The Peugeot 3008.© Alex Krassovsky

Essential to the French market, the 3008 has, six years after its launch, a beautiful legacy. If it doesn’t offer “simple” hybrid variants like the Tonale, the Lion’s SUV, on the other hand, gives it lessons in terms of driving pleasure. Both efficient and agile, its chassis remains the reference of its kind, especially because it also offers high-end comfort with “reasonable” wheels (notice the vibration of 19 inches). Behind its still attractive presentation, Peugeot is satisfied, on the other hand, with any habitability of the rear seats and does not pay much attention to modularity. Its prices start at €33,520 with the convincing 1.2 PureTech 130.

The strength of the Peugeot 3008

  • Lively and comfortable chassis
  • Interior design

The weaknesses of the Peugeot 3008

  • Any back space
  • Replaced next year

2.The Mercedes GLA: more welcoming

The Mercedes GLA.
The Mercedes GLA.©Mercedes

In the large Mercedes SUV family, the “small” GLA already shows 4.41 m ‒ 4.53 m for the Tonale. The German SUV is well received by its occupants in the back seats due to its good wheelbase (2.73 m) and its sliding bench seat (€450). Everything is good for a station wagon that, in addition, benefits from an amazing driving position, with two screens that are very bright without a lid. Driving, on the other hand, the GLA does not like to be too sudden and does not admit that it is not to blame even on the comfortable side, the fault of a perfect damping. Count on at least €44,800 for the GLA 200 with a 1.3 turbo petrol engine of 163 hp that needs 7.9 l/100 km on average.

The strength of the Mercedes GLA

  • Interior design
  • Size-livability ratio

The weaknesses of the Mercedes GLA

  • Fair trunk and optional modularity
  • Clumsy chassis

3. The Cupra Formentor: showmanship

Curpa Formentor.
Curpa Formentor.© Cupra

For almost two years now, the Formentor has changed its SUV-coupe body with both compact and sporty lines. A taste for the strange continues to open the door, although, with a dashboard copied and pasted from the Seat Leon, the cabin is not so strange. We had a great time sitting there and the finish was inspiring. On the other hand, wanting to greatly reduce the buttons, the ergonomics of the controls are not very clear, while, behind his large side of the kart – ransom for the somewhat radical settings – the Spaniard has become less sporty than expected. driving. However, if the ramage is not enough for the fur, Formentor will appeal to lovers of originality.

The strengths of the Cupra Formentor

  • Not a car of Mr. Everybody
  • Many machines

The weaknesses of the Cupra Formentor

  • Complex ergonomics
  • Seen on the back

4. The Hyundai Tucson: the choice of many engines

The Hyundai Tucson.
The Hyundai Tucson.©Hyundai

Hyundai has hit hard with the latest Tucson, which we can see on every street corner. It should be said that in the background

its compelling style, the Korean SUV does not lack arguments. Starting with its wide range of engines: gasoline, diesel, hybrid with or without wire, there is something for everyone. It is known that prices range from 30,200 € (1.6 T-GDi 150) to 51,250 € (plug-in 265). Although well-built and very spacious, the Tucson convinces with balanced road qualities. And, unlike the Tonale, Hyundai has improved the operation of the hybrid variants, with the “wireless” being the more recommended of the two.

The strength of the Hyundai Tucson

  • Wide range of engines
  • Good presentation
  • Spacious cabin
  • 5 year warranty

The weaknesses of the Hyundai Tucson

  • Percussion with 19 inches
  • More cost of PHEV compared to hybrid

Published in 09/25/2022 has been updated 09/25/2022 François Lemaur and the editorial staff

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