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The Alfa Romeo Tonale is marking its sophomore year for the 2024 model. It serves as the Italian automaker’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model as the brand begins its march toward full electrification. To boot, it’s an attractive option for buyers seeking a stylish model in the ultra-competitive compact crossover class, and as such, could help boost Alfa Romeo’s slagging U.S. sales. So, which trim level of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale is best? Here’s a look at which model is preferred among buyers.

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale is offered in 3 trims

Car shoppers of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale have a choice between three trims of the brand’s new C-SUV. The Sprint starts at $42,995, the midrange Ti carries an MSRP of $44,995, and the range-topping Veloce commands $47,495.

All models are powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 90-kW electric motor combining for a total output of 285 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Tonale is exclusively offered with all-wheel drive. Alfa Romeo claims a driving range of about 30 miles on electric power alone.

Standard exterior features include LED head and tail lights, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.

All models sport a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, satellite radio with a six-speaker sound system, navigation, ambient interior lighting, heated from seats, a wireless charging pad, and a heated steering wheel. Other interior features include 12-volt front and rear power outlets, rear air vents, and a universal garage door opener.

Cloth seats are standard on the Sprint and Ti, while the Veloce sports Alcantara upholstery with eight-way power-adjustable front seats (lower models have four-way power adjustability). The Sprint is fitted with black interior trim, while the Ti and Veloce sport aluminum accents.

Standard driver aids include automatic emergency forward braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, front/rear park assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The Ti adds unique touches like a hands-free power liftgate, silver grille trim, and black 18-inch wheels. The Sprint gets silver 18-inch wheels.

The Veloce ups the performance feel and looks of the Tonale with an adaptive suspension, paddle shifters, 19-inch wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, and dual chrome exhaust tips.

The midrange Ti trim is most popular among buyers

Though the Alfa Romeo Tonale hasn’t been around for long, the most popular trim is the midrange Ti model, according to Edmunds.

The Ti adds $2,000 to the Tonale’s MSRP, and though its feature list is similar to the Sprint, there are desirable add-ons like the hands-free power liftgate. Additionally, buyers may be drawn to its unique exterior finishes over the Sprint. We suspect many prospective Tonale buyers are drawn to its stylish looks, no matter the trim.

Another factor is that the Tonale can be tailored far more than the base model. The only available options package for the base model is a suite of driver aids like a surround-view monitor, upgraded adaptive cruise control system, and a parking assist system. The Ti opens the door for buyers to choose the High-Performance Driving Package, which includes paddle shifters, Brembo brakes, and other kit, or opt for leather upholstery with ventilated front seats, driver’s seat memory settings, or a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

What Alfa Romeo Tonale trim do the critics suggest?

Autotrader agrees with most buyers. The publication suggests the Ti trim of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale, noting it offers additional features over the Sprint and allows for additional optional equipment to be added. Still, the publication says the Sprint is an “excellent value.”

Car and Driver notes the Tonale is more expensive than most of its competition — The BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and Mercedes-Benz GLB can all be had for thousands less but do not have plug-in hybrid powertrains. As such, the publication suggests buyers “exercise restraint” and opt for the Ti trim.

U.S. News doesn’t outright recommend a trim but states the Spring model “is a good pick for most shoppers thanks to its wealth of standard tech and safety features.” However, the publication adds the base model is “a bit short on luxuries,” suggesting buyers also consider the Ti.

Ultimately, there seems to be a consensus among buyers and critics — the Veloce isn’t worth the added price.

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