Alfa’s baby goes green
The MiTo is big on looks but lacks class where it counts, writes Paul Gover
IF NEW cars sold only because of the way they look the Alfa Romeo MiTo would be a showroom champion. It competes in the baby-car class against a range of rivals, led by the Volkswagen Polo and coming Audi A1, with a distinctive style that shouts Italy and promises something special.
The QV model of the MiTo also comes with a breakthrough Fiat ‘‘Fire’’ engine that makes 125kW with brilliant economy and emissions.
But the numbers tell the story, with only 174 MiTo deliveries made in Australia during the first nine months of this year. That compares with 674 for the Peugeot 207 that leads the upper price bracket of the baby class, though it is third behind the Fiat 500 on 265.
The relatively slow sales rate explains a new two-model approach and the loss of the previous starter car, with only 88kW.
THE MiTo is now priced from $29,990 or $34,990 for the loaded QV, though it’s still possible to jump over $40,000 on the road with the $2500 leather cabin, $1950 glass sunroof, $1990 adaptive suspension and $790 metallic paint that are on the list of optional equipment.
The change was made to boost the car’s competitiveness and cashes in some of the recent gains in the Australian exchange rate. But it still makes the MiTo more costly than the