The New Alfa Romeo Mito

An Introduction to the Alfa Romeo MiTo

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is the first sports compact from the Italian company since the 1970s.

It is inspired by the Alfa 8C Competizione and is designed to appeal to a young audience who are looking for something hip and stylish.

The MiTo is a collaboration between Alfa’s Milano styling centre and the Torinofactory.

The model offers three different specifications - Turismo, Lusso and Veloce – which makes up the range.
There is a choice of five engines – three punchy petrol units and two diesels.

The Alfa MiTo takes its styling cues from the Alfa 8C Competizione supercar. At the front, the shield-shaped grille is sited at the end of a sculpted V-shaped bonnet, flanked by clear lens and teardrop headlamps.

The MiTo has a high waistline, flared wheel arches and minimal rear overhang.

The hatchback rear of the vehicle features LED (light-emitting diode) lights.

Inside the cabin there’s a carbon fibre-look dashboard. The sporty dials are hooded and the central console comes with a satin finish.

Alfa Romeo’s DNA system allows the MiTo to switch between driving conditions. A three-position switch, situated beside the gearlever, alters the throttle response and steering set-up for different driving environments – Dynamic, Normal and All Weather. It is a notable improvement upon previous Mito models and other used Alfa Romeo cars.

In Dynamic mode, the throttle response is quicker, the steering is sharper and the handling is more direct. For icy and loose surface environments the All Weather mode provides a softer response.

The driver is reminded which function has been selected with a digital letter designation on the dashboard alongside a read-out for time, outside temperature and turbo pressure. Turismo and Lusso models get red-on-black dials while the Veloce trim features white on black dials.

Alfa Romeo’s Electronic Q2 limited slip differential heads a list of driver aids, including a long line of safety systems.

On the MiTo four of its five available engines are mated to a six-speed gearbox. The entry level 95bhp 1.4 16V Turismo goes from 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds and delivers a top speed of 112mph.

The turbocharged 155bhp 1.4 Lusso model accelerates from 0-62mph in eight seconds, and continues to a top speed of 134mph.

The MiTo is fitted with a number of safety systems including seven airbags - including front airbags, window bags, sidebags and driver’s kneebag - which work with Alfa Romeo’s Self Aligning Head Restraint – a system that moves the head restraints closer to the neck of the front seat occupants to lessen the effect of whiplash in the event of an impact.

During emergency braking, the Alfa MiTo automatically operates its hazard lights to alert other road users.

The satin-chrome central console – home to the RDS stereo radio and MP3-compatible CD player – is combined with the four air vents, tactile dashboard and the hooded driver instruments housing speedometer, rev counter, fuel and water temperature gauges. They are complemented by a choice of dashboard colours and matching seat upholstery.

Dependent on trim level, the driver can choose a dashboard colour – Sprint Black, Sprint Red, Competizione Blue, Competizione Red or Black.

The trim colour is extended to the driver and passenger door panels and complementary seat fabrics.

The MiTo’s heating and ventilation system controls are positioned in front of the gearlever on the central console.

All Alfa MiTo versions come with manual air conditioning as standard, plus the option of automatic dual-zone air conditioning.

Behind the wheel, the driver benefits from a rake and reach-adjustable steering wheel. Lusso and Veloce versions feature a leather steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake grip.