Alfa’s baby goes green

The MiTo is big on looks but lacks class where it counts, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

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.

Value

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

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