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Both the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale and BMW X1 are competent crossover SUVs, promising a remarkable driving experience. The 2023 Tonale is the first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle from Alfa Romeo, embracing a future-forward Italian design and high-quality technological innovations. Available in two powertrain options, the Tonale delivers optimum fuel efficiency and electric capabilities that empower drivers to broaden their driving preferences. On the other hand, the 2023 BMW X1 also provides reliable and sturdy performance with its standard engine configurations. The expert product specialists at Alfa Romeo of Oakville have compared both these potent crossover SUVs on different factors, including performance, design and technological innovations. So, follow along if you want to know which is better for you and which one will match your dynamic vehicle needs.




Specification 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale 2023 BMW X1
Engine Type Standard 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine
Horsepower 256 241
Torque (lb-ft) 295 295
Transmission 9-speed automatic 7-speed Steptronic


The all-new Tonale comes standard with the 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that outputs 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its plug-in hybrid powertrain system combines a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery with a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine and 90 kWh electric motor to deliver top-end efficiency and sustainability. It delivers enough power to stay in control wherever you go. Moreover, every Alfa Romeo Tonale is configured with a reliable all-wheel drive system that makes cruising around on tricky road surfaces easier and more convenient.


On the other hand, the 2023 BMW X1 operates on a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that boasts 241 horsepower, which is greater than its predecessor but fails to compete with what Tonale outputs with its standard engine option. Like the Tonale, the BMW X1 is also available with an all-wheel system to provide extra traction for excellent driving dynamics and safety over challenging road surfaces.



The all-new Tonale dons a premium look complemented by a wide pool of modern features and intricate styling. It showcases a glimpse of the brand’s epic racing history as it encapsulates organic curvature, aerodynamic lines and aesthetic bends. The newly evolved floating shield and the V Scudetto grille set this Alfa Romeo crossover SUV apart from its rivalries. Another captivating design factor of the Tonale is the five-hole wheel design, which is available in 18, 19 and 20-inch sizes. On the inside, the 2023 Tonale is chic and comfortable and also showcases excellent Italian craftsmanship. All the controls are carefully positioned for maximum visibility, as well as to let drivers adjust them accordingly without deviating their attention from the road.


On the other hand, the BMW X1 embraces a subtle exterior look with the traditional double kidney grille and monolithic design. It mimics a similar aesthetic vibe as its predecessor, which may disappoint vehicle buyers looking for something innovative and refreshing. Like Tonale, the BMW X1 also features an intuitive controls cockpit for an immersive driving experience.


Technology and Safety Features

Both these crossover SUVs offer easy phone-to-car connectivity with a wide range of connectivity features. The seamless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity lets you bring your favourite smartphone features to these compact SUVs. The Alfa Romeo Tonale comes with a Uconnect 5 multimedia centre, providing unlimited entertainment, connectivity, navigation support and more with greater processing speed. You also get a wireless charging pad with both Tonale and X1, which keeps you connected with your friends and family wherever you go.


For great peace of mind, the BMW X1 comes with multiple driver assistance for driving, reversing and parking. On the other hand, the 2023 Tonale features well-engineered assistance technology, each promising great safety while instilling safe driving habits, especially among new and teen drivers. Some of these advanced driver assistance features include:

  • LaneSense Lane Keep Assist
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Intelligent Speed Control
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Forward Collision Warning with Full Stop
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Lane Centering System
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Rear Seat Reminder Alert

Final Verdict

You may get similar technology features and safety systems as the Alfa Romeo Tonale in the BMW X1, but the efficiency and powerful performance of the former is unmatched. Both the powertrain options of the 2023 Tonale boast more horsepower and torque than the 2023 BMW X1, ensuring a dynamic driving experience. Moreover, the well-designed driver assistance of the Tonale brings more confidence among drivers to take risks, as well as make informed decisions on the road.

To learn further about the trim levels, availability and price of the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, feel free to visit Alfa Romeo of Oakville, your go-to Alfa Romeo car dealership in Oakville, ON.

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