The mighty Mito
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. reports.
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 sixspeed dual-clutch gearbox from the more powerful Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. Looks and image
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. Space and practicality
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. Behind the wheel
With its 1.4-litre turbo motor pushing out 170 horsepower, the little Mito certainly feels brisk. Factor in the car’s semiauto 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 nature ensures plenty of fun on corners.
That 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, too. Value for money
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 twopedal gearbox. And the little Alfa isn’t such a thirsty beast, either. Modest CO2 and fuel consumption should help ease the pain of the payments.
Price: £20,210 Engine: 1.4-litre petrol unit producing 170bhp and 184lb/ft of torque Transmission: Six-speed dual clutch gearbox driving the front wheels Performance: Top speed 136mph, 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds Economy: 52.3mpg combined Emissions: 124g/km of CO2