Alfa Romeo has done it again – the Italian manufacturer that is known for creating handsome cars has crafted a striking masterpiece in the form of the new MiTo. Even the toughest of critics cannot help but be charmed by the MiTo with its dashing good looks and sprightly drive. As Alfa Romeo’s only supermini, it is the smallest in the range and the go-to option for anyone looking for an ultra-stylish, compact city car.
When you cast your eye over the MiTo, you know it is a true Alfa Romeo. It is not just the classic front profile with the inverted triangle grille, elongated oval headlights and softly rounded bonnet that gives it away. It is also in the way it hugs the ground thanks to its low position and minimally adorned exterior with few contours that gives it the air of sophistication we associate with Alfa Romeo.
Inspired by the Alfa Romeo 8C, it has a sporting look that extends to its tail. Here you will find two circular tailgate lights and chrome-plated exhaust pipes. The base of its tail is wider than the arch of the roof, giving it the muscular stance of a sports car. Less than two metres in width and height, it is a dream to park in tight spaces.
Available in five trim levels, you can choose how simple or embellished you want the exterior. The most luxurious of the options, the Collezione, has bronze finishing on the wing mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels and satin finishing on the headlight and tailgate light surrounds.
No expense has been spared in the interior of the MiTo. All trim levels come with air conditioning, a trip computer and a Uconnect™ five-inch color touchscreen for the infotainment. Fitted with Bluetooth technology and voice recognition, you can stay connected while on the move without having to take your hands off the wheel. Upgrade to the Distinctive and you will also get a front centre armrest with storage. Opt for the QV Line for a DAB digital radio and QV upholstery. Or choose the superior Collezione to get inbuilt satellite navigation and faux leather finishing to the seats and door panels.
When you get behind the wheel of the MiTo, you can choose between three modes using a simple switch named D.N.A. The Dynamic setting gives you a faster more responsive performance; the Natural improves the fuel economy; and All-Weather enhances the grip for when the elements are not on your side.
A wide range of engine choices means you can opt for the one that best suits your driving style. Two 1.4-litre TB MultiAir petrol engines come in a choice of either 140bhp or 170bhp, both of which are automatic and have been finely tuned for better fuel-efficiency. In fact, they save approximately 10 percent on CO2 emissions compared to other conventional engines of the same size. There are also two diesel engines available in 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre sizes.
All MiTos in the range have LED rear lights to ensure you are always seen on the road. An anti-whiplash device, a collapsible steering wheel and seven airbags help to prevent injuries under impact.
Mito available from £15,510
Mito Speciale available from £17,960
Get a feel for the Alfa MiTo with a test drive from the Swansway showroom in Chester. Book your appointment via the online contact form or phone us directly on 01244 560669 if you have any more questions.
Keen to maintain the hype started by the launch of its 4C supercar, Alfa Romeo has injected some sparkle into its hatchback range, first with the Giulietta and now the smaller Mito.
Key to this latest quick Mito is the name change; gone is the old familiar ‘Cloverleaf’ tag, replaced by the more flamboyant-sounding ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ name. In truth, it’s the same thing but, like everything else in life, it sounds a lot more impressive in Italian.
The changes are a little more than just window dressing, however. New bumpers, more kit and a spruced up cabin are the obvious improvements, while the Mito gains the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the more powerful Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde.
With its 1.4-litre turbo motor pushing out 170 horsepower, the little Mito certainly feels brisk. Factor in the car’s semi-auto dual clutch gearbox, and it’s easy to make rapid progress without exerting much effort. The car’s chunky flat bottom steering wheel adds a welcome tactile layer to proceedings, while the car’s chuckable nature ensures plenty of fun when tackling corners.
The dual clutch gearbox is a generous addition to the Mito’s kit list, and although you don’t get the Giulietta’s fancy launch control function, you do get a swift-action gearbox plus steering wheel paddle shifters. Leave the ‘box in ‘D’ and it copes well with the unpredictable nature of urban commuting.
Alfa Romeo’s designers have refrained from making any major changes to the Mito’s exterior for this performance update. In truth, the car’s distinctive look is hardly a prime candidate for a wholesale facelift, and its oversize headlights and trademark shield grille ensure that it stands out in the supermarket car park. And that’s the point: you buy an Alfa because you want to make a statement, not shy away from the public’s gaze.
The Mito is a small car and its three-door layout ensures that it’s not hard to find a parking space in town, but the trade off is limited room in the back for anyone over primary school age. That said, the car does boast a deep boot – although the load lip is high – and there’s ample oddment storage space in the cabin. It’s also snug up front for two adults, but that’s part of the car’s charm and enhances the Mito’s touchy-feely character.
At this price point the Mito is in good company, with the likes of Ford’s Fiesta ST and Mini’s Cooper models also keen to grab your attention. In the Alfa’s favour is a long list of standard kit plus that two-pedal gearbox. And the little Alfa isn’t such a thirsty beast, either. Modest CO2 and fuel consumption should help ease the pain of the monthly payments.
For hardcore fans of the brand this hot Mito is an ideal entry into Alfa’s sporty sub-brand. It’s not short of character yet is competent enough to please most people. Its distinctive looks are another plus if you’re not a fan of the generic design of some of the rival offerings out there. And there’s the heritage to consider; that bold cloverleaf badge on the wing is no marketing gimmick – the firm’s sporting history is equal to that of many German premium brands.