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Hybrids: more economical than diesels? The answer in 8 games

The first electrified model in Alfa Romeo’s long history, the attractive Tonale 1.5 Hybrid is one of the rare mild hybrid SUVs that can drive a few meters, at low speed (city, maneuvers), in zero-emission mode. Integrated into the automatic gearbox. 7-speed TCT (unfortunately very slow), the mini-electric unit, powered by an equally modest battery (0.8 kWh), allows the four-cylinder to make do with 7.4 l/100 km of gasoline between two full. But not to make this very placid 130 hp variant dynamic.

Same power, but even less energetic, the 1.6 turbodiesel offers, curiously, greater pleasure, thanks to a smoother and more responsive 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The good old 1.6 block seduces above all with its frugality: 6.6 l/100 km on average. Alas, the Tonale diesel is punished with a penalty of almost €1,300, adding the new tax on weight (more than 1,600 kg) to that on CO2 emissions. But it only needs 92,000 km to regain color compared to the hybrid version, which is more greedy…

VERDICT

Less expensive thanks to the high penalty on diesel, the Tonale hybrid holds its own for more than 90,000 km. Beyond that, “fuel oil” regains its rights. Big riders, choose wisely!

* Real purchase price integrating the potential discount and the eco bonus/penalty.

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