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Alfa Romeo MiTo Car Review

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is on a mission to drive the Italian sporting brand back to the top of the motoring tree.
It’s Alfa’s first sports compact model since the Alfasud of the 1970s and its goal is to bring back the spirit of the past when Alfa Romeo was among the world’s most desired marques.
The MiTo is targeted at the young who Alfa hope will flock to the model in their droves.
The model features a choice of Turismo, Lusso and Veloce trim and equipment levels and five engines comprising of three petrol units and two diesels.
Pictures in a brochure do the MiTo no justice as this is a far more impressive car in the flesh.
It’s the little details around the MiTo’s front end that make give it an appealing allure.
The MiTo also has the benefit of looking so different to everything else in the segment at present.
Its underpinnings have been loosely based on Fiat’s Grande Punto, but styling cues taken from the Alfa 8C Competizione supercar and extensive alterations under the car’s skin ensures that the MiTo has a personality all of its own.

Practicality

The MiTo has excellent seats with plenty of support and a ton of adjustment that allows an excellent driving position to be attained.
Three-door superminis don’t have to be the most practical cars in the world, but the MiTo is still a bit cramped for adults in the rear and access to the back seats is a bit tight. The boot however is a decent size at 270 litres.
There is a good range of engines available starting with a 1.4-litre 94bhp petrol unit. Other units come in a range of direct injection turbocharged petrol engines including 120 and 155bhp versions of the 1.4-litre unit and two diesel engines – a 1.3 and 1.6-litre four-cylinder units with the latter offering 118bhp. All the engines offer a good range of power and efficiency with reasonable fuel economy figures.
The MiTo gets Alfa’s DNA system, which allows you to alter the behaviour of the engine, steering and stability control according to your mood. There’s plenty of grip in corners and body lean is suppressed reasonably well.  The ride however leaves a bit to be desired as it is pretty firm allowing humps and bumps to make their presence felt in the cabin.

LifeStyle

The MiTo is effortlessly stylish inside and out and anyone thinking about buying this car may find it hard to leave the showroom without it  - such is the visual appeal.
At the front there is a very distinctive retro Alfa corporate identity with a pronounced grille and wide-apart teardrop headlamps whilst at the rear there are LED lights, which are unique in the sector.
The engines are smooth and quiet, even when they are asked for extra effort. They are pretty muted on the motorway as well while the cabin is also well insulated from wind and road noise at these speeds.
Alfa has made use of decent quality materials for the MiTo’s interior giving the model a solid and expensive look with a real air of sophistication.
The stylishly designed dashboard is simple to work your way around with all of the central features angled slightly towards the driver giving the cockpit a driver-orientated feel.
The MiTo also gets sports seats in every trim level which enhances the driver-focused feel of the car.
The MiTo isn’t cheap by supermini standards, but good resale values mean it should hold the bulk of its value when you come to sell it on.
The MiTo has pretty good environmental credentials with its 1.3-litre diesel returning 119g/km carbon dioxide emissions while the petrol engines also return respectable figures.

Safety and Security

There are not many superminis that can boast the amount of safety kit fitted to the MiTo.
All versions come with electronic stability control, seven airbags and active anti-whiplash head restraints. The MiTo has achieved the maximum five-star rating in crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP.
All models also come with an immobiliser and alarm to deter those with sticky fingers.

The Finishing Touches

Entry-level Turismo cars offer standard kit including air-conditioning, electric windows, remote central locking and a CD player. Step up to the Lusso model and alloy wheels, front foglights, audio controls on the leather steering wheel and chrome detailing are added.

Upgrading to the Veloce model buys you a bunch of sporty design touches including painted brake callipers, plus a Bluetooth handsfree phone system.